23 May 2011

09 May 2011

PROJECT #5: IDENTITY

"The more specific you are, the more general it will be." - Diane Arbus (from Lisette Model)


Photography is a form of placing that person you photograph on a pedestal. It is imperative that the pedestal be the right size. - Tony Vaccaro

DIRECTIONS: Through portraiture, answer the question, "What is identity?

WHAT IS IDENTITY?
Types of identity HERE.

DEFINITION
i·den·ti·ty: the condition of being oneself or itself, and not another; the distinguishing character or personality of an individual; condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE...
...male, female, young, old, gay, straight, rich, poor, middle class, black, latino/latina, asian, white, pacific islander, rural, urban, physically challenged, mentally challenged...(this list could go on for quite an amount)



DIANE ARBUS
"I don't press the shutter," Arbus once noted. "The image does. And it's like being gently clobbered."

Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park

“My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been.”
“Photographing is not about being comfortable, either for the photographer or the subject."
"There's a quality of legend about freaks," Arbus said. "Like a person in a fairy tale who stops you and demands that you answer a riddle. Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats."

RICHARD AVEDON
There’s always been a separation between fashion and what I call my “deeper” work. Fashion is where I make my living. I’m not knocking it. It’s a pleasure to make a living that way. It’s pleasure, and then there’s the deeper pleasure of doing my portraits. It’s not important what I consider myself to be, but I consider myself to be a portrait photographer. - Richard Avedon - 1974
A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion .... All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. - Richard Avedon, In the American West: Photographs, 1979-1984

Ronald Fischer (1981)

CECIL BEATON
"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. "-Cecil Beaton

Silhouette portrait of Audrey Hepburn by Cecil Beaton for Conde Naste, 1964

CINDY SHERMAN
"If I knew what the picture was going to be like I wouldn’t make it. It was almost like it was made already.. the challenge is more about trying to make what you can’t think of." - Cindy Sherman

Untitled #359, 2000

more to come...

05 May 2011

Want.



Buy the USB Film Roll at the Photojojo Store!

01 May 2011

A DIFFERENT KIND OF STILL LIFE


From The Little People Project.

The Little People Project HERE.

Here's a different take on a still life.

David Levinthal's site HERE.

Matthew Carden's site HERE.

28 April 2011

INSPIRED

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

18 April 2011

STILL LIFE Inspiration

10 March 2011

PROJECT #3: LANDSCAPE


Cole Thompson photography HERE. (He ROCKS!)

DIRECTIONS
Take one or two (!) rolls of film of landscapes following the examples, rules, and inspiration listed below and in the link provided.

DEVELOPING:
A-Day class: Monday, April 4, 2011.
B-Day class: Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

A RULE ABOUT YOUR HORIZON LINE (FOLLOW IT!)
When you have a horizon line visible in your composition, place it in one of these corresponding lines in the two examples here:

If you place your horizon line perfectly in the center of the composition, or exactly on top or bottom third division line, you will (most likely) have a division of the composition that 'works.'

TIPS FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
11 Sure Fire Tips For Improving Your Landscape Photography HERE.
4 Rules of Composition For Landscape Photography HERE

MORE TIPS
http://photoarts.com/gallery/mckinney/
http://www.photographytips.com/page.cfm/77
http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-tips/landscape-photography-tips/
http://www.naturephotographers.net/landscapephotography.html

THE MODERN LANDSCAPE
Rolfe Horn HERE.
Barbara Bosworth HERE.
More Barbara Bosworth HERE.
Lina Bertucci HERE.
Laura Gilpin HERE.
Sally Gall HERE.
Marion Patterson HERE.
Paula Chamlee HERE.
Joan Myers HERE.
Eileen Keator HERE.
Laura McPhee HERE.
Linda Connor HERE.
Fay Godwin HERE.
Brian Kosoff HERE.
Doug Weldon HERE.
Nurse Kato HERE.
Wyn Bullock HERE.
Mark Sunderland HERE.
Trends in modern landscape photography here HERE.
Pål Hermansen HERE.
ND Magazine HERE.
Dodge & Burn Blog HERE.
Hans Strand HERE.
Meike Altenkamp HERE.
Marc Adamus HERE.
Michael Kenna HERE.
Sam Burns HERE.
Peter Lik HERE.
Art Wolfe HERE.
DS Wilson HERE.

THE GRANDFATHER OF LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY: ANSEL ADAMS

"You don't take a photograph, you make it."- Ansel Adams
"A good photograph is knowing where to stand."- Ansel Adams

Ansel Adam's site HERE.
Image search for Ansel Adam's photographs HERE.

THE TRADITIONAL LANDSCAPE
A NYTimes article on Edward Weston HERE.
Edward Weston's Point Lobos photographs HERE.
More Ansel Adams HERE.
...and more HERE.
Wise words from John Shaw HERE.
John Ganis HERE.
Muench Brothers HERE.
Li Yuan HERE.
Li Yuan 2 HERE.
Freeman Patterson HERE.
Jack Dykinga HERE.
John Sexton HERE.
Christopher Burkett HERE.
Michael Fatali HERE.
Charlie Waite HERE.
Joe Cornish HERE.
Frans Lanting HERE.
Ken Duncan HERE.
Richard van Hoesel HERE.
Galen Rowell HERE.
Interview with Galen HERE.
Pete Turner HERE.
Dan Heller HERE.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand "Earth From The Air HERE.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand #1 HERE.
Eric Meola HERE.
Ernst Haas HERE.
Ami Vitale HERE.
Steve McCurry HERE.
Saiga Yuji HERE.
Gerard Laurenceau HERE.
Bas Hoeben HERE.
Thomas D. Mangelsen HERE.
David Henderson HERE.
John Shaw HERE.
William Neill HERE.
Joseph Holmes HERE.
David Norton HERE.
Michael Gordon HERE.

"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop."
"Some photographers take reality... and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation."
- Ansel Adams






All photos by Nurse Kato (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25978351@N07/sets/)

07 March 2011

MONDAY LOOK: Chris Jordan





In Katrina's Wake: Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster
&
Midway: Message from the Gyre

Chris Jordan's site HERE.