I find this salmon image haunting my dreams. It keeps me awake at night. It’s got me thinking about death, and life, and the inextricable relationship between the two. It makes me ask myself: Is it only the inevitability of death that makes our short lives seem so precious? And I think the answer is “yes.”
Musings: Corey Arnold Looks Wildlife Straight in the Eye —Nat Geo | PROOF
Today David Lama is one of the most successful professional climbers in Europe. But at age 19, his climbing career almost ended before it even began. Read more…
As photographers, writers, illustrators, actors, musicians… As creatives, we create the world that we exist in, we create the world that the rest of the world sees.
This is a gift, it is our gift and it is the soul of the saying that we “are gifted.” While many are brought up to view doctors and lawyers as having greater intellectual prowess, the truth of the matter is that it takes a VERY strong mind to visualize and then create our art.
But what happens when that mind turns against us? Read more…
Gear does not make the photographer, allow me to state that for the record before we dive in here. A talented artist can make an image with whatever falls into their palm, but for those of us who have the luxury of choice, be it the pocket sized Ricoh dangling from Moriyama’s wrist, or Crewdson’s cherrywood 8×10, a powerful image is about the framing of a moment, the machine it is seen through when chosen properly, serves to simplify and streamline the process. Read more…
The world is becoming a much more dangerous place to be a journalist. And at the same time, news organizations rely more and more on freelancers to chronicle wars, civil unrest and health-care emergencies.
Yet the support provided to freelance journalists—the training, the insurance, the security—hasn’t improved as the risks and reliance have increased. That’s a problem of life and death.
Don’t Shoot for the Stars —F Stop Lounge
Everyone seems to talk about finding their style. I’ve spent far too long trying to define my ‘style’ and it isn’t an easy task. I’ve come to realise that I’ve actually been trying far too hard to define a style rather than just getting out and shooting what I like to shoot!
In an effort to prove to myself, my family, and my friends that I am not nuts to lug 6+ pounds of medium format camera gear up the mountainside I conducted my own tests over the last few weeks.
Sure one could set up a Resolution Target but that would not be a “real world” test, no sweat and sore muscles. Read more…
The best camera in street photography is the most expensive one.
If I gave myself advice in street photography if I started all over again I would tell myself, “Eric, buy yourself the most expensive camera out there for street photography. You are a newbie and not very good at shooting street photography. You are nervous. You don’t know any technical settings. You are afraid. You aren’t inspired. You don’t have any good work. Buying a really expensive camera will make you great.” Read more…
All You Need to Pack for a Remote Atoll is… —Nat Geo | PROOF
Photographer Thomas Peschak worked on Aldabra atoll in 2008, so he had a pretty good idea what he was in for when he started prepping for his recent National Geographic assignment.
“The climate wreaked havoc on all my gear. So much that I ended up using my broken laptop as a cutting board, and wrecked cameras to hammer in tent pegs,” he says of his first experience.