Recently Optic 2018 was held in New York City bringing together dozens of talented photographers. The event included presentations by several exceptional photographers including Keith Carter, Joyce Tenneson, Ben Lowy, Ira Block, Brian Smith and Katrin Eismann.Read More
There are few books that I have been anticipating more this year than Dotan Saguy's Venice Beach: The Last Days of a Bohemian Paradise. Since my interview with Dotan back in Ep. 355, I have been eager to see the culmination of a multi-year personal project centered on the Los Angeles cultural community of Venice Beach.Read More
When the Obama administration thawed relations with the island nation of Cuba several years ago, there was a lot of excitement. Though American had been able to travel to the communist country under the auspices of cultural exchanges, the new policy provided an opportunity for virtually anyone to visit the Caribbean country.Read More
It is important for me to examine different approaches to photography. Though I have been photographing for years and have found an approach that really works for me, I am always open to learning from others, especially when other photographers have a different perspective.Read More
Though I have given up on the idea of the "perfect" camera bag, I am nevertheless always on the hunt for a better bag for my different needs. I have large roller bags and backpacks to accommodate both my photographic and audio gear, but I have been in need of a smaller bag since the bag I have been using for over 10 years was in desperate need of last rights. My research led me to the Think Tank Storyteller 10 bag.Read More
When Kodak ceased production of the process to develop its classic Kodachrome film, there was a sense of loss that was experienced by generations of photographers. It wasn't just the end of a film emulsion but an end to a particular way of seeing and capturing the world. It was a way made famous by countless magazine photographers, especially those photographing for National Geographic magazine.
Though many films have come and gone, few were seen as a cultural lynchpin. And no other film had or has been immortalized in the social consciousness as Kodachrome was in the popular song written and performed by Simon and Garfunkel. The death of Kodachrome was as much an end of a part of Americana as it was the end of a product's life.Read More
I have discovered the city of Paris through my own lens. However, the city of lights has been revealed to me from a host of photographers over decades. As much as I love to capture this legendary city through my own lens, it is the work of the great photographers that have helped me to experience and love the city, even years before I stepped onto its streets.
But it is the recent book by one of my favorite photographers, William Albert Allard that helps me to yet again see this classic city with new eyes. In William Albert Allard Paris: Eye of the Flaneur, he showcases work that he has been produced of the city over the past three decades.Read More
My first real camera bag was a Domke. As an aspiring photojournalist in college, it was the bag to have. The canvas bag didn't have all the padding of its competitors. This was the bag for the "working photographers" who saw their cameras as tools and not fashion accessories. Almost 30 years later that bag though faded and worn, is still a part of my inventory.Read More
There a few photographers that have influenced the way that I see and wield a camera than Jay Maisel. Since my younger days when I looked endlessly at his work in magazines or books until the time I was able to spend a week with him during a photo workshop, I have been influenced and inspired by this New York photographer.Read More
Rather than lounging around on Sunday morning, I decided to get up extra early and go out and make some photographs. I wanted to catch the morning light and just enjoy walking around Pasadena and Altadena.
It was a morning rich with opportunities to see my community with new eyes. First off, it was early enough that there weren't many people out on the street. So, the usual fodder for my street photography was nowhere to be had. Secondly, it would allow me to see a very familiar environment under very different circumstances.
I felt like I had experienced a pretty successful morning when I was driving back home and spotted the light hitting the front of this church. I immediately knew it would make a good photograph, but I continued driving past it as I was eager to get back home.Read More