The diversity of approaches to portraiture fascinates me, not just from a technical perspective but the personal interaction between photographer and subject, the negotiation that leads to an image both are satisfied with. Mastery of both technique and interpersonal skills is essential to success.
Looking at work by Bryn DC and Joseph Degbadjo
Listening to and watching Mark Seliger, Garry Fong and COOPH
In defiance of the rules of composition I give you “Statue of General Gordon with Seagull”.
Because rules are meant to be broken occasionally…
Learning that you can’t stop the tide is a difficult lesson for me to accept. Things happen and I can do little more than bear witness. It sucks but you persevere.
Since I mentioned him last week in relation to the Capture series on YouTube, I thought I had shared work by the host Mark Seliger earlier but apparently I have not, so here you go.
Listening to The Kronos Quartet, If it sounds a little sombre then that best reflects what I’m feeling at present.
My portable studio lighting kit is coming together nicely and I’m working through some approaches that allow me to get setup quickly. This is something I want to keep simple but there is always the temptation to add when less is probably more. For the moment I plan to stick to one light, one modifier like a soft-box and two folding reflectors, a larger one for background and smaller for fill light. Repeated exercises around packing, unpacking, setup and working build knowledge and experience over time, freeing the mind to focus on the subject, mindful those soft skills around working with people need exercise too…
My personal war on what remains unread or unlistened to continues and one small victory is catching up on the podcasts backlog. I did cut down on the number I was subscribed to and only three related to photography survived that.
The reality is that as much as would like to listen to them all I can’t drink the ocean. I need to work up to that…
Karen Kuehn is my portfolio of choice this week
Also listening to Angus and Julia Stone
Things you pass every day, regardless of how mundane they appear…
Are worthy of and deserve your attention, if only because one day, they will be special.
Makes note of these ordinary things and think about the changes different time and light will make. Then be ready to act when the time and light are right.
Working through the holidays was a good and bad idea. I got some things done that otherwise would have taken much longer but my body decided to remind me to slow down and it was a painful lesson that threw a lot of plans out the window.
These folios to share. William Coulson and Amanda Demme
Listening to the Wagakki Band, a fusing of traditional Japanese instruments and music with some epically ferocious rock lead guitar and heavy metal drums. I really would like to know how they got from here…
to wind up here…
Evolution in creativity is fascinating