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zenmartini July 17, 2013 at 10:31 am
Thanks for your comment it's really the only way I know anyone is reading this thing. Your point isRead More spot on. I think it is relative to who is viewing the image. I've always been surprised by peoples reactions to certain pictures I've taken of them or their family members which I think are just crap. Yet they love them and even sometimes frame them. This was also proved to me when I would show pictures of my sons growing up to friends. I thought everyone would be interested... but then when they showed me theirs I found myself wishing for a quick death. I love looking at "event" pictures. They always seem to have hidden stories and they truly are historical documents. It takes real talent and skill to do it well. I just don't think I could do it for a living unless I was able to and had time to do my own projects. Many years ago one of my first jobs was working as a photographers assistant in New York. The photographer was someone who's work I had seen in magazines and I thought the job would be heaven. I got paid 100.00 a week for 12 hour days but I loved it...at first. Eventually I ended up hating it. It was abusive in the extreme at times and it turned me off photography for a few years. I think it's hard to do something you love for money for someone else and then be able to switch into creative mode for the things you want to do yourself. Because I do street photography and have known I would never make a penny at it, I do other kinds of work where I can bring my camera along. I always have my camera with me.
Kristina V July 17, 2013 at 03:00 pm
Do you have a website with your work? I need to take more pictures for fun...sigh There was aRead More street photographer I learned about many years ago. He would just go up to people and snap a picture out of the blue. The results were very interesting. The facial expressions on the subjects were great! I used to belong to flickr and asked a group that did street photography what his name was. of course they knew, but that was 8 yrs ago..lol http://www.flickr.com/groups/onthestreet/ this was the group, maybe you will enjoy.. Meanwhile I will search for this elusive street photographer! I would love to see your work!
Delu Smith July 18, 2013 at 09:46 pm
I really miss photographs. I realized the other day that most of photos from the last 15-20 yearsRead More are on disks or sitting in the cloud somewhere. I find this terribly sad.... easier, but sad. The treasured photo... how often I stare at them. Vintage, antique or yesterdays cup of soup. There is always something special in stopping time.
Vinny
zenmartini June 28, 2013 at 11:47 pm
You don't know my mother.
Leslie L July 1, 2013 at 11:11 am
So well written and I love the photos!
Afshan Ladha July 2, 2013 at 03:17 pm
I really enjoyed reading this! I'd love to see what tattoo you would get, should you decide.
zenmartini June 10, 2013 at 01:06 am
What is reality!?! Thank you for loving that picture of Julianne. I took it yesterday morning and IRead More keep being drawn back to it. I wonder about her story... what decisions took place around each of her tattoos, why she has so many, what her mom thought. I've started my tattoo project because I am ambivalent about them. I don't have any but my sister has a dragon from her neck to her ankles. Would I want my sons to have them? Hmmmm. Well I guess when they are old enough for that decision I will have to respect it. The people I've met so far in the tattoo business are warm and kind and for the most part willing to let me ask them questions and take pictures. I might very well get one just to experience it. Please do take pictures and share them here. Photograph the things around you that you see everyday. Your family, your pets... maybe the things you dislike. You never know what you are going to see.
zenmartini June 10, 2013 at 02:03 am
Darkroom vs Photoshop..now that's an interesting question. Having spent a significant portion of myRead More life in the darkroom I can say without a doubt that I don't miss it at all. You have so much more control now with programs like Photoshop that it's possible to spend more time on an image digitally than one ever did in the darkroom, Back in the darkroom days I believed in printing full frame without cropping. Now I don't care so much. The responsibility that you have as a photographer is the responsibility you want to have. If the story you are telling is a better one cropped, solarized or sepia toned with multiple layers of who knows what, that's your decision as the artist in residence in your head. If it tells your story better, do it. On the other hand if you are claiming reality...and you are Eddie Adams and the subject is "Tet Execution" as a photo journalist you have a responsibility to truth. Photographers like Horst Faas - "Helicopters attacking a tree line near Tay Ninh" and Malcolm Browne "Burning Monk" did this admirably. It was images they and others made during the '60s and '70s that brought about a major change in how the public perceived the Viet Nam war. Another example of this focus on the truth can be seen in the 1904 Lewis Hine photographs that were in large part responsible for changing child labor laws in the US. IMHO, It really comes down to the story you are trying to tell and the position as communicator you are taking.
zenmartini June 11, 2013 at 02:31 pm
If you are interested in the tattoo project, I've posted some of the rough images atRead More http://www.thesleepingimage.com