Zune Lee a self-taught photographer who picked up a camera in 2009. He has been an artist and storyteller since he was little but then life got in the way. Making pictures is his way of reclaiming his artistic side.
He is the quintessential nomad. He was born and raised in Germany, has lived in various parts of the USA and is currently based in Toronto, Canada.
That sense of wanderlust, of being uprooted, has never left him. He doesn't anchor his concept of “home” to a familiar physical space – home is a state of mind I enter wherever he's inspired to create the work he wants, or when he's surrounded by people he cares about.
As a clinician, he is trained to work with people at their most vulnerable who grant him permission to invade their privacy. As a result, he has always had an intense interest in the dynamics of trust and control when it comes to that interaction. At best, it can reveal a unique connection, a kind of truth that would otherwise not be foregrounded.
When a human being connects with another and - even if for a split second - relinquishes a certain level of control, it is fascinating that complete strangers can share an alternate truth about themselves that was hidden not only to others, but perhaps even to themselves. It is in these moments that individual emotion transcends the personal realm and gains universally understood context.
As a photographer, these are the moments he is after. Stories of connection that reveal themselves in a single glance or over a period of years.
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In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses the importance of trusting your composition. He discusses how fixed visual elements in a scene allow a photographer to find their composition. He explains how fluid elements such as people, animals, and even light can be added to the photograph. He stresses the importance of remaining true to the composition and not compromising the shot for the transitory elements.
Endia Beal is a North Carolina based artist, who is internationally known for her photographic narratives and video testimonies that examine the personal, yet contemporary stories of marginalized communities and individuals. Beal currently serves as the Director of Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University and Associate Professor of Art.
Jim Herrington is a photographer whose portraits of celebrities including Benny Goodman, Willie Nelson, The Rolling Stones, Cormac McCarthy, Morgan Freeman and Dolly Parton have appeared on the pages of Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Outside and Men’s Journal as well as on scores of album covers for more than three decades. He has photographed international ad campaigns for clients such as Thule, Trek Bikes, Gibson Guitars and Wild Turkey Bourbon.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses how the presence of direct eye contact from the subject of the photograph transforms the experience for the viewer. He examines how either eye contact or the lack of eye contact be used by photographers to control the experience of looking at a photograph.
Gary Nicholl’s personal fine-art project The Imaginarium started as a 20-image short story but has grown into a 450 image trilogy with 150 genuine Steampunks involved, taking storytelling to a whole new level. Combining his passion for the world of steampunk and photography, he creates amazing composited images that test the limits of image making and storytelling.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses the importance of varying one’s approach when making photographs on the street. He talks about different ways of making photographs from shooting from the hip to waiting and allowing a scene to play out. Both have their advantages, but he suggests something that falls somewhere between those two methods.
In this live webinar conducted through Rocky Nook publishing, I discuss the role of light and shadow and how it can elevate your photography. The discussion is tied to the release of my new book Making Photographs: Developing a Personal Visual Workflow.
Trey Ratcliff is a photographer, artist, writer and adventurer. Trey’s images and stories capture the beauty of exotic travel destinations and the humor of the bizarre situations he often finds himself in. There is always something new, unexpected and beautiful to see.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses the idea of creating images that appear purposefully casual. By this, he means how a photographer uses graphic elements to compose a photograph but creates a result that comes off as very subtle and calls less attention to the actual presence of the photographer.
Each year hundreds of millions of dollars are spent to make purchases online. That’s especially the case when it comes to camera equipment. Back in the day, you would peruse the back pages of a popular photo magazine and call a 1-800 number. Now, you can buy camera gear using nothing more than your smartphone.
The ease by which you can buy an item can be problematic if the only thing you’re reading is the sale price. It can be tempting to immediately click on that button when you see the promise of hundreds of dollars in savings. However price alone shouldn’t be the only determining factor for you hitting the buy button.
Suzanne Sease is a creative consultant and former ad-agency senior art buyer. She works with both emerging and established photographers and illustrators to create cohesive, persuasive presentations that clients can’t resist.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses the role of anticipation and patience in producing great street photographs. He explains how recognizing the potential of a scene and waiting for the moment to play out increases the likelihood that you will produce a great photograph.
For the past 5 years, I have been using the Fujifilm x100s as my preferred camera of choice. After borrowing a friend's camera for my first trip to Europe, I purchased my own and it's been hanging on my shoulder almost every day.
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