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.
“Marrakech: The City that Distrusts Photographers” —The Guardian
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.’”
“The Challenge of Photography” —Conscientious Photography Magazine
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.
“NBA Behind the Scenes: The Photo Game” —All Ball Blog
It was 3:30 on Monday afternoon in Brooklyn, four hours before the Brooklyn Nets would play host to the Portland Trail Blazers. The interior hallways of the Barclays Center were mostly deserted, save for a few food service employees firing up ovens and custodial staff giving the place a final shine before thousands of fans arrived. Out on the arena floor, a rec league championship game was taking place…
I had come to Brooklyn to meet up with Nathaniel S. Butler, who is a photographer for NBA Photos, and has been chronicling the NBA in pictures for about two decades now. You may not know Nat Butler’s name, but if you’re an NBA fan, you almost definitely know his work.
First, I’d like to start this article off with a little bit of a warning. This post is primarily aimed at people just starting to get into photography or people just beginning to make the jump from hobbyist to professional. That said, hopefully there’s something below that can be appreciated by photographers of all levels.
Now, lets talk about style a little bit. Read more…
Photoshop alterations of women have been somewhat of a hot topic lately (or maybe more accurately – it now sells products to bash “Photoshopping”), so I thought I’d share my perspective as a photographer.
I absolutely love using Photoshop to manipulate the bodies of people to look more physically appealing. Why? Because, its my job to create images that look better than reality…and people that look better than reality sell photographs.
And here’s the dirty little secret – my clients and the people in those photos love it too
A few weeks ago, I found myself wandering around a local career fair — the type of event I normally find pretty loathsome, or at least overcrowded an unhelpful. This time though, a fun surprise: representatives from Snapchat and Shutterfly stood at booths right next to each other.
Oh boy! I couldn’t turn down the chance to chat with some folks more or less connected to the photo industry. Read more…
I arrived in Tacloban, the city hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan, just as desperate families were trying to flee… Located on a thin peninsula, it had been slammed on both sides by huge surges of water and battered by some of the highest wind speeds ever recorded on land. Filipino military and U.S. Air Force personnel were ferrying aid, trying their best to control the crowds as survivors scrambled to board any available flight.
The next day I set out to capture the destruction of the city and surrounding area. The scope and magnitude of the physical damage was staggering as was the misery of the people I encountered. They were desperate for food, water, shelter and a way out.
I’ve been shooting photos for 20 years. I’ve made my living in the profession for the last 15. I can count on one hand the number of times that everything lined up perfectly and a truly rare image was created. Read more…
Why It’s Imperative that You Have Hobbies Outside of Photography —The Photo Brigade
After I’ve had a really long day at work, I pick up a knife. Wait, that sounds bad. I mean I pick up a butcher knife … For the next hour or longer, I have nothing to do with photography or journalism. I put my cameras away, put my phone down, open wine and start preparing to cook dinner…
It is imperative to have hobbies outside of photography. I shoot in my not-so-free time, but I need to get away from the lens. Many of my friends spend time with their significant others and their families, but I don’t have any kids that I know of, so I have to find other outlets to enjoy life.