The folks over at PhotographyTalk have put together a list of photographer pickup lines that run the gamut from funny to cringeworthy. Scouring the Internet and ‘folk lore,’ they’ve compiled a list of 30 such as “I Leica you” and “Was your father Ansel Adams? Because you sure have a natural beauty.”
Fair warning though: some of them are somewhat vulgar, which is why PhotographyTalk reminds you that the list “should not be taken too seriously.”
Back in June, graffiti artist Sofles was featured in a hyperlapse that showed him making his way around an abandoned building and creating various impressive tags at super speed. That video was received very well, so naturally, if one graffiti artist is good, four would be four times better right? Read more…
Born in Vienna and trained as a filmmaker in England, Tina Schula‘s photography combines cinematic techniques, portraiture, family stories and political history to create staged narratives of complex human drama. In 2009, she received her MFA in Photography from The School of Visual Arts in New York.
She was a finalist at Critical Mass 2013, Photoville 2012, The Print Center 86th International Photography Contest 2011, The Sixth Annual BamArt Silent Auction, Scope Basel 2010 and a winner of the CCNY Darkroom Residency in 2010. Read more…
On the off-chance you thought photo blogs had some kind of monopoly on rants about lazy and thoughtless photography practices, witness the majesty of Denver TV news anchor Kyle Clark in action. Read more…
What a week! I was sorry to see the “buzz” about your food pics. For what it’s worth, my colleagues think your photos are post-modern masterpieces. And I concur.
The visual metaphors in your photographs are brilliant! The bold direct lighting representing the harsh spotlight of fame. The distorted colors representing the half-truths of public perception. The shadowy darkness where the true self hides. The soft, sloppy focus echoing the uncertainty of the human condition. It all blends together in a stark visual commentary on the dualistic nature of celebrity, presented as an unappetizing plate of food. Fame, like these contorted vittles, is hard to swallow.
The English photographer Mark Power, who is quiet, self-effacing and a bit shy, is telling me what happened when he went out shooting on the streets of Marrakech with his American colleague Jim Goldberg, who is none of these things. “Jim was having a pretty hard time. For myriad reasons, many people here do not like to be photographed, and they often make that clear.
I tend to set up, then watch and wait from a distance, so I become invisible after a while. Jim is more up close, and this day no one was having it. In desperation he started shooting a few frames of a horse that happened to be passing. Suddenly this guy appears and goes: ‘No! Stop! My horse does not want to be photographed.’”
Here’s a little bit of funny to start your Saturday off on the right foot. A while back, a series of movie stills went viral in which guns were ‘shopped out and replaced with thumbs ups. For this year’s no smoking day, Ellen DeGeneres did something along the same lines by replacing cigarettes with party horns in several clips of the popular television show Mad Men.
Unlike the Thumbs & Ammo series, the implementation isn’t quite as seamless, but given that it was put together for a daytime talk show (and they had to manipulate a video, not a still) it turned out pretty well. Besides, it’s there for laughs not accuracy.
Picture — A representation in two dimensions of something wearisome in three. – Ambrose Bierce
I’m a fan of the satirical and cynical definitions of Ambrose Bierce, first written as a daily newspaper column and later collected in The Devil’s Dictionary. (It was originally called the Cynic’s Word Book, but so many politicians of the day called Bierce a Devil that he felt the new title more appropriate). Read more…
A photograph… is not necessarily a document or fact, and it’s certainly not “the truth” (whatever that term might mean). It is a truth, one truth out of many others, a personal truth: The photographer’s. To assume that this truth then automatically translates into a larger truth is foolish. It might, or it might not.
In photography circles and beyond, photographs are said to be lying. This, however, only reveals a general lack of understanding that is common even amongst many of photography’s practitioners, let alone those who merely engage with it as disinterested viewers. Photographs do not lie any more or less than paintings do, or ballet performances, or these words. As I already noted, they present a truth, whatever that truth might be.