In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses how photographers can reveal what it is to be human. By looking for moments of interaction between people, whether they know each other or not, he explains how images can transcend the common tropes of street photography and become something more.Read More
When I am on the hunt for photography books, I am not only looking for good information. I am really hoping for insight, revelatory moments that are not so much about learning something brand new but finding an alternate perspective to how I see the world through a camera.
Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation does that for me.Read More
Joel Meyerowitz was born in the Bronx in 1938 into a neighborhood that offered daily lessons in the divine comedy and tragedies of human behavior. He believes it was that basic “street” education that nurtured his delight in human observation, a perception that is at the heart of his photography.Read More
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses ways that he tries to challenge himself with his street photography. He talks about how to use multiple figures and have them play off of each other.Read More
I was recently invited to a screening of the documentary film, Don't Blink about the legendary photographer, Robert Frank.
Frank along with Henri Cartier Bresson helped to redefine what photography could be in the latter part of the twentieth century. With his book, The Americans, the Swiss-American photographer turned his lens onto his adopted country creating a body of work that while controversial in its time has come to be embraced as one of the most significant works of photography.Read More
John Keatley often self-characterizes his work as a reflection of himself, rather than the individual he is photographing. In recent years, his journey of self-discovery has brought clarity to emotions that have always been present yet were previously unknown. Anxiety. Fear. Isolation. Not Being In Control. Keatley capitalizes on the correlation between these emotions and humor.Read More
It used to be that if you wanted to have an in-depth learning experience from a master photographer, you had to attend a workshop or if you were lucky, serve as their assistant. The first could be prohibitively expensive, especially if travel was involved. While the latter was only available to those talented and persistent enough to secure such a position when they became available.Read More
Vincent van Kleef is an Amerstdam-based photographer who used the social-networking power of Facebook to solicit the participation of people in his community. His portrait series provided me not only subjects for his photography but also allowed him to reveal the personalities and stories of the city’s inhabitants.Read More
In this week's video, the importance of waiting for the moment to play out in a scene. Inspired by some recent experiences he had as a student in a photography workshop, he discusses why allowing a moment to reveal itself in a scene can make the difference between a snapshot and a great shot.Read More
For over 25 years, I have been a photo educator in one form or another. Whether as a writer, adjunct professor or a workshop leader, I had shared my knowledge and experience with thousands of photographers with varying levels of experience.
However, there have been times when I am the student. And regardless of what I know, or think I know, there is always some insight to be gained when I am listening to another person sharing their knowledge and experience.Read More
I am always working on seeing rather than looking.
For me seeing is an active act, a conscious decision to observe the world especially its more subtle and nuanced offerings.Read More
Jeffery Saddoris is endlessly curious – about people, about creativity, about line and shape and color – and his personal and professional pursuits are driven by learning, discovering, imagining, listening, celebrating, and making. Jeffery cohosts the photography podcast On Taking Pictures. He also hosts the 12-episode Craft & Vision Podcast, and Process Driven, his ongoing podcast of long-form conversations about creativity and how the creative process manifests itself across a wide range of genres and disciplines.Read More
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses what he looks for when it comes to lighting and setting for a street portrait. He shares how paying attention to elements beyond the person that you are photographing plays an important role in a successful portrait.Read More
A photographer friend once told me a story of when he was photographing in a Tibetan monastery. He was creating images over several days when he noticed one of the monks carefully observing him. The monk watched him as he photographed, but never approached him or said a word. There was a moment when the photographer thought that the monk thought he was doing something wrong, though the link didn’t choose to verbalize it.
Raised in Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario, Blake Jorgenson headed west to Whistler, B.C. in 1993 at the age of 18 in search of adventure. Now in his thirties, he has won several prestigious industry awards, including the Pro Photographer Showdown at Whistler’s World Ski and Snowboard Festival and Powder Magazine’s Photo of the Year.Read More
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses the importance of being present. He talks about not only why it’s so important, but what circumstances can stand in the way of being completely in the moment.Read More