As always, Mac-On-Campus has more great content for photo students. This time, it’s a piece on Art Buyers:
I have three little boys and they love their dad! They also love taking pictures and they asked if they could today. I wasn’t ready to hand over my pro gear and watch them drop $5k worth of camera, but I did let them play with a little point and shoot we have. This is what they did with it…
My 4-year-old took a cute portrait of his bigger brother.
When it came time for the 5-year-old to use the camera, nobody would hold still long enough for him to snap a proper picture. He had to settle for an action shot.
Surprisingly, the 3-year-old seemed to get the most “normal” shot of the bunch, with a pleasant little picture of his oldest brother.
PDN gave an update in the lawsuit against photographer Tod Brody, stating that his lawyers want to drop him as a client. Apparently, he’s been pretty much non-responsive to their attempted communication with him. This is only the latest misstep in a string of bad moves for Brody (including forged model releases and general unprofessional behavior). Let me just state this:
As a professional photographer who’s work has appeared on numerous indie and major label album covers, this is not how a music photographer acts. If only Vampire Weekend would’ve hired me instead… they wouldn’t even be in this mess. I don’t steal images or forge model releases. Most of us don’t.
I was shooting a music festival this weekend and just noticed this guy in the audience as I was editing the images today. Check out his camera with four lenses. If I remember correctly, it’s a specialty camera that makes 3D images, though there were also Lomo-style four lens cameras designed to take four images in rapid succession. It would be interesting to see if he got any good shots from the show.
Seriously, Oprah? Out of all the poses you could’ve chosen? After all the classy, inviting cover photos you’ve run on your magazine before? This is the one you choose? This is the classic pose that all the trashy girls use for their prom photo, right before they sneak out behind the gym and get wasted on cheap wine coolers. The whole “butt out front” pose should be banned from society; and a powerful, respected woman such as yourself should be leading this valient cause. Instead, you decide to give the world this photo…
I don’t really know why this wall behind a local bar caught my eye, but I couldn’t resist photographing it. I was out shooting a concert for one of my clients and a friend of mine suggested we stop in a local dive called The Goat afterward.
We stopped by for a moment, and that’s when I noticed the interesting shapes created by the light and shadow play. Combine that with the wonderful texture and contrast of the old concrete wall and the angular shapes of the spray-painted exit sign… I just couldn’t help myself. I had to shoot it.
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A few years back I was commissioned to do a huge art photography installation in Rhode Island. I spent most of one week in May hanging around Providence and Warwick, driving around and capturing all the wonderful shapes, colors and textures that most Rhode Island residents take for granted. The $12,000 project was exhausting, but it was so rewarding! I noticed tiny details of decay, fleeting moments in time and long lost memories in and around the North Eastern towns.
Unfortunately, my giant art installation was destroyed in a huge flood that hit the are a year or two ago. I’m sad that nobody will get to experience the final mural panels I created, but at least I still have some of the original photo files to share. Each 3×5′ panel was made up of roughly 60-75 small images, making a sort of abstract texture and color scheme from afar, but providing sharp details of Rhode Island life when viewed up close.
All of the tiny images were shot using an old Lensbaby lens. If you’ve never played with one before, you should. The Lensbaby’s lo-fi quality is very appealing on certain subjects. I don’t use mine often, but when I do… stand back and watch me shoot!
I’ve been photographing Dallas nightlife for a long time now. I probably took my first photograph in a bar back in 1996 or so, shooting some local bands. My nightlife documentation has grown to covering bars, bands, nightclubs, drunks, parties, bartenders, street life and almost anything else that happens late at night.
Even though I’m getting closer and closer to twenty years of nightlife photography, I still never get tired of it! I have documented Dallas nightlife and seen my photos run in The Dallas Morning News, Spin, Quick, American Profile, Rolling Stone and countless other publications and places over the years, and I can’t wait to go out and shoot again and again! Heck, with crazy, wild, happy, fun people in front of my camera, how could I resist?
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