This is Kirk again... he's gotten ahold of the heart of the xmas tree!
Friday, December 30, 2005
This is Kirk again... he's gotten ahold of the heart of the xmas tree!
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Robert Capa. "If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough." A well known photographer. Didja know Robert Capa is an American photographer alias for Andrei Friedmann? He was born in Budapest in 1913. Not too much feedback on me today... but yay for passionate photographers.
Sushi that I ate in Austin. Shot with natural lighting, yay!
This is Kirk. I adopted him from a toy store in Austin, when I have a chance I will take a better portrait of him. He is taking a bath here. (I messed up the toning a bit on this one)
Friday, December 23, 2005
Canon AE-1 program. I love that thing and I feel back in love with it when I got back from London. My 50mm used to be my dominate lense... I hate that the 20D isn't 1 to 1 on focal length. Cuz now my 50mm makes me too close to my subject!
Almost made an impulse buy of "Vietnam, Inc." by Philip Jones Griffiths... but I guess I can't afford it right now... maybe this summer.
Walter Iooss. Portraits are really impressive. His though process and creativity is great, all so different and all very well done.
At one of the wood pillars in the stockyards.
Old railroad tracks in the stockyards.
Hey can anyone give me some pointers on how to make my flash look more natural in situations like these? Cuz this looks kinda awful.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Finally bought The Photo Book!
Gianni Berengo Gardin. Aww I really enjoy his pictures, they make me think about how this is life and how its cherished. I would love to have taken that black and white workshop course taught by him!
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
On a different note, I have created many projects and things to do since I talked to Lefteris Pitarakis. I will start looking into charities and NGO's in Vietnam since I want to end up there... maybe contact a few and see how they operate and start creating a relationship with them. I also went was checking out the Magnum in motion website and on seeing Philip Jones Griffiths package on Vietnam... I don't it gave me chills watching the pictures and hearing him reflect on his time there.
so I just woke up.... went to take a nap last night at around 3ish and never really got up after that... I only shot 7 frames yesterday... although I had a wonderful vision of a still life with peppers... never woke up till now...
Edward Weston. Wow nice still lifes... my goal for Thurs I suppose should be those peppers again, well see how I do with em...
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I need to shoot more photoj-ish stuff... I think I've shot a bit too many portraits... it's good to know how to do that but I need to get into that routine of shooting events again!
Will Yurman. Yay for a picture a day! Also I like his photostory multimedia package with sound... the future of this lil ole blog of mine! :)
Monday, December 12, 2005
Simon is such a great person, I'm so glad I met him. Actually the more I learned about him the more I loved him as a person. First of all of course the first thing you notice about him is obviously his appearance. I hate people who judge by looks because they miss out on alot. There's soo much to say but I'll spare poor Simon the embarrassment! lol but in brief he's got a lovable personality, works at a learning disability center, a past that is filled with things like starting a skate park to boys scout (sorry had to say it!) and of course the very emo side of him... that includes the childhood critters hidden somewhere in his room!
The super benefits of photojournalism. Making friends for life.
Vincent Laforet. Very interesting pictures. The way he shoots seems to be really intimate. His shoots also have a feeling of clean, fresh or rather refreshing feeling to them. The pictures show how fun it could be to be a photographer.
Love the shadow... I shoulda played with it more!
Simon Reynolds enjoys a cigarette while he sips his pint at The Chamber, an underground bar in Folkestone.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
In a couple of hours... if I ever sleep, I'll wake up and be on my way to Folkestone. Its on the coast I'm told. Off to visit Simon, the punk guy with the mohawk. I'm going to follow him around for 2 days... then I gotta head home and prepare for an exam the next day... yucky to that part. But yay for going some place fun.... and more importantly letting my photo lead the way to my new destinations.
Kevin Carter. What a horrible end to a life. Makes me think even more about shooting things like that... famine. Its a hard life, especially on a person emotionally.
mostly reminiscing shoots of portobello... oh and tomorrow I will be in Folkestone so I probably won't be able to update... oh yeah I was gonna shoot a portrait of a cook in the Books for Cooks store... will do soon...
Friday, December 9, 2005
Clay Patrick McBride. Yay portraits... actually this will be helpful since I have a couple of friends back home that are in a band that want portraits! :)
Thursday, December 8, 2005
I've learned how important it is to gain the trust of your subject, because there is a drastic difference in the portraits that I take whether they want me there or not. I've learned that portraits are really fun once you get started on them!
First the saddest part about leaving London is leaving Portobello Road. I've made so many friends and learn so much about myself there. I've learn to appreciate the farmers market and how sad I was to hear the possibility that when I come back in 5-10 years that it may no longer be there. Supermarkets are taking out all of the little guys... also the next generation in the families no longer want to follow in the footsteps of their parents. Its sad... Portobello has become such a part of me and realizing that it may no longer be there in the future makes me feel like a part of me will be stolen. I dunno how I am going to deal with going back home to Texas and Syracuse and realize that I can't just walk down the road and have a chat with my grocer, have him introduce me to new vegetables.... or that I can't just drop by and say hi to the cheese guys because I know that I'll leave there in a better mood than I came... or Ron... my barber who always stands outside of his shop and greet everyone who walks by... he amazing knows everyone on that road... Ron is like a father to me he just has a very welcoming feel to him.... I LOVE my friends at Portobello Road. I will miss them dearly.
Margaret Bourke-White. I sadly can't remember if I've done a feature on her... Well it is Bourke-White this time. I actually should try to go to the Bird library and see if I can see her actual negatives... that would be neat to see how she shots frame to frame.
Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Happy Birthday Martyna, I love you and hope you are having an amazing time. Thank you for recognizing my 21st on your special night.
Oh yeah and PS I passed out last night so I never quite finished my thought in the last post!
James Nachtwey. Of course an amazing photographer. We were suppose to watch War Photographer in our photojournalism class but somehow we never made it to that point... so I'll def hafta watch it when I returen to the states. I enjoyed the shots.
I guess your run of the mill car collision with a double decker bus... I got a bit harassed for this one.
Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Larry Clark. Interesting... my favorite is just how he divided his world, and his decision in what he wants to cover. Racism, drugs,
Monday, December 5, 2005
David Leeson. It seems like I've heard that name quite often, not sure when or where but I have definitely passed by it. Maybe it's a Texas thing. What I found most interesting is that he is doing video work as well as shooting. Its quite interesting, shows you the role that a photographer plays where ever they go. I'm slowly gonna have to incorporate sound into this thing as I have been recommended to do.
Sunday, December 4, 2005
I need to apply for the Eddie Adams workshop! prob should do it when I graduate and I need to remember to enter the NPPA clip contest!
Oh yes and if anyone hasn't figured it out by now, when I do my photographer review its of someone I want to be like or admire, and I will either comment on what I learned from them, why I admire them or how they relate or their photography relates to my vision.
Eddie Adams. Hey sometimes I feel ADD too! lol... actually it takes me around 3 hours to finish a post... I edit my pictures for a while, and when researching for the photographer comes up.... boy does my mind wander! lol So now I say I must go! I wonder what fun pictures await me tomorrow!
Saturday, December 3, 2005
Nick Ut. Of course, Nick Ut. I deeply aspire to be like him. Sadly I can't seem to find a large clump of his pictures online but what I like is of course he is Vietnamese and he covered Vietnam. I dunno, me being such an American, I really want to get back to my roots and do more of a focus on Vietnam with my photography.
Speaker on climate change, alot of people... I'm bad at judging scale!
A sign that reads "WANTED/ George W Bush/ The outlaw known as the Toxic Texan/FOR CRIMES AGAINST THE PLANET/ and attempted assassination of the Kyoto Treaty" lays outside of the US embassy in London after a rally against climate change. The march started at noon and finished around 5pm. The Campaign against Climate Change London demonstration was a part of International Day of Climate Protest.
Friday, December 2, 2005
Rene Burri. The way he sees light is really nice. It seems like he traveled alot and met soo many people. Very much the lifestyle I'd love to pursue someday... soon!
Thursday, December 1, 2005
British photographers... WTF... I mean they go against everything that we define as a photojournalist. Well let me clarify there was a specific videographer who kept telling the group to move so that they could get a better shot, telling them to wave and stuff. But then Drew was taking pictures and one of the photographers actually had the nerve to come up to him and tell him to move. This saddens and angers me when I experience this.
Printing extravaganza going on here right now at Faraday house in the photo lab! I've never seen my prints so big! Will stay here until it closes probably and then venture to Portobello again tonite.