Project update for August 2014

Project update for August 2014

If you are a regular reader, the image above may look similar yet different to the one I used for the looking and listening post this week. Both were made around the same time and location on consecutive days. It just demonstrates what a difference the weather makes. Here is that image for comparison.

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Both images reflect  the fact that I have hardly used my camera this month. My phone has been acting in that role.

There was only one theme that I managed to tick off, which was the hands.

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Apart from that I have not had the time to do much else than study.  I will persevere and put up a fresh set of themes for September. The weather is improving as Spring begins and provided I can get some time I hope to do better than this month.

 

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Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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Study is a struggle… So much reading, so little time.

For this week I would like to share;

The portfolio of Jessica Drossin covers a broad range of genres but the portraits give me a nostalgia vibe for some reason.

The work of Elizavetta Porodina It’s high end fashion photography and something purely aspirational for me.

I’m not sure if this Zack Arias video touched a chord or struck a nerve for me. Its from five years ago so Zack has probably come a long way since this was made. It made me wonder what I will be like in five years…

Listening to a mix of different things but this stood out because it put a totally different spin on something I took for granted.

Out of focus

Out of focus

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The competition for my attention at present is getting fierce.

  • I have several work projects in various states of progress and new things drop in and out of my task list all the time.
  • School is progressing to an extent but an assessment is looming and I don’t feel well prepared when I should.
  • Photography is taking a back seat to all this other mental debris. It turns out I can’t multi-task and I don’t even want to. 

My energy and focus is a finite resource that I want to direct properly but I find I’m second guessing myself about my choices. This is frustrating.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Late nights and lack of time this week. I have dipped into the back catalogue of favourite portfolios this week.

I have had an interest in the work of Brandon Stanton through the “Humans of New York” blog for a while now but had never thought to mention it before.

In this video, Stanton talks about his approach to photographing people. It’s an impressive body of work for someone who only picked up a camera a few years ago.

Happiness, sadness, anger, perspective.

Happiness, sadness, anger, perspective.

This has been an odd week of varied feelings.

Physically, I’m improving, my back is responding to treatment and I’m able to sleep a lot better but photography has not been a priority.

The news of Robin Williams came as a shock. Worse though were the actions of thoughtless people on social media towards his family. Calling them “Trolls” is an insult to Trolls everywhere. These people are ugly on the inside and sadly pathetic too. Lacking the maturity and ability to create they must tear down those who do. What they gain from this eludes me. Normally I just ignore them, they make no difference in the grand scheme of things, offer nothing of value and their petty remarks will not stand the test of time. The body of work that Robin Williams has left certainly will.

I think this quote from Williams himself is an insight into the troll mindset.

“Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose.”

I also managed a small milestone by managing to convince 100 of you to follow this blog. I never really looked at this so I was surprised and happy at the same time. I shall need to be mindful I have an audience.  Unlike trolls, I appreciate you all for making time for me.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment or like.

Andrew

Looking and listening this week

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This week I have been getting less screen time thanks to some back pain that stops me sitting for long. However, I looked at two very different portfolios.

Brian Smith A celebrity portraitist based in Florida. The black and white images are right up there with the best.

Michel Lamoller This portfolio reminded me of an image I made a few years ago when I took several images of the same subject, cut them into strips and wove them into a composite but these images are much better.

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Less is more

Less is more

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I mentioned recently that I my new camera has set off a string of other changes. Since writing that I found another one. The capacity on my SD cards is effectively halved but I’m not sure if this is good or bad.

I think it’s bad because there is now a real possibility of running out of space and missing out on making something special. I don’t spray and pray but I do like to approach a subject from several different angles and explore composition and lighting combinations.

At the same time, this limitation is not a new experience for me. I used medium format cameras and you only got 12 images on a roll of film. This made you more selective. I think that’s good.

SD cards are cheap compared to film and processing so I will buy some more cards.Using a larger capacity cards introduces a risk of losing more images if the card fails, so I’m thinking about sticking to the same capacity. This way I still have to work with less but have space in reserve.

These images are from a yesterday morning on the Campaspe River trail at Kyneton. The sky was overcast and the soft lighting lent itself to macro and detailed subjects.

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