Posts Tagged ‘ photography ’

Farwell Kodacrhome!

The last roll of Kodachrome has been shot by none other than photographer Steve McCurry. There will be no more production of the Kodachrome film, making this specific roll immensely unique. Check out the story by AP (Associated Press) and consider this: what would you shoot with the last roll of a film?

In this June 2010 photo released by National Geographic Television, photographer Steve McCurry takes a photo of a Bollywood actor in Mumbai, India, with the last Kodachrome roll. Betting its future on digital photography, Kodak discontinued the slide and motion-picture film with a production run last August in which a master sheet nearly a mile long was cut up into more than 20,000 rolls. McCurry requested the final 36-exposure strip. After nine months of planning, he embarked in June on a six-week odyssey. Trailing him was a TV crew from National Geographic Channel, which plans to broadcast a one-hour documentary early next year. AP Photo/National Geographic Television, Yvonne Russo.
By: Ben Dobbin, Associated Press Writer

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Equivalents: Transcending the Literal

Mr. Alfred Stieglitz was an interesting man to say the least. Among his many contributions to the world of photography, was the gift of his Equivalents series. This series was composed entirely of images of clouds, including over 200 photos. At first this may not seem to be very intriguing but, after understanding what his intention was,  that will change drastically.

Stieglitz began this series in the early 20th century, setting out to conquer two aspects at once: the perfection of a technical print, and the aesthetic that must lend itself seamlessly to that print to create a perfect marriage between the two.

That in itself is quite a feat to accomplish, as any artist will tell you. His influence with Equivalents did not end there however. This series can be argued to be the first abstract photographs created and the first to attempt to forgo their literal meaning.

So, for this weeks inspiration (photographically related at least), I would like to honor the man who essentially ushered in the use of symbolic photography.

Flash! Ahhh. Savior of the…

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This coming term, I managed to snag a spot in the newly re-designed Advanced Studio Lighting class. With only 10 spots available for the course I am very excited to be one of them. Why am I excited? Well…

The class gathers for a five hour session each week  at newly developed Meddin Studios. MS is an awesome collection of studio space, film equipment, professional support, and endless possibilities. Check out the link for more information on them.
On top of that, the class will be structured around more professional studio practices while still allowing for personal exploration and deviation. I loved my first studio class (some examples below) and can not wait to put what I have planned  in to motion. I plan to be far busier this term and subsequent ones. Only one year left!

Look for more studio stuff this fall!


Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is an amazing city. I love it.

The word Philadelphia comes from the combination of Greek words philos (meaning love) and adelphos (meaning brother). Hence The City of Brotherly Love.

I took advantage of the few hours before work the other other day to walk around center city and check it out. D300 in hand, I made my way to City Hall, LOVE Park, Comcast Center, etc. The thing I noticed most is that whenever I am in a city, I am always looking up. I just can’t help but be impressed by the collection of massive skyscrapers in every direction. They seem to almost become one with the sky above, rising to the very heavens. Cities offer a staggering reminder of how small we are in the world. I like to think that this reminder serves to inspire instead of intimidate.

Kerry Payne: Left Behind

© Kerry Payne. All Rights Reserved

For this week’s inspiration I wanted to share a slideshow posted on Burn Magazine, of Kerry Payne’s series Left Behind.

You can watch it here.

In her work, Payne explores the idea of suicide, and the the affect it has on family members. It is a very personal subject that is rarely talked about openly. Interviews with family members who have lost someone, help to show how drastically a suicide can impact the lives of those left behind.

It is a powerful body of work executed succinctly.

© Kerry Payne. All Rights Reserved.

© Kerry Payne. All Rights Reserved.

© Kerry Payne. All Rights Reserved.

Philly Photo Day!

October 28th will be a great day to remember for anyone in the Philadelphia area this year; and what better way to remember than with a photograph?

Philly Photo Day is being arranged and spearheaded by The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) to support community driven photography. This October 28th, PPAC is asking anyone and everyone in Philadelphia to take a moment of their day and photograph Philadelphia in a way that best represents the city to each individual.

This is a great opportunity for photographers of all skill levels to support and celebrate photography’s democratization and influence on daily life.

For more information check PPAC’s website.

Get your cameras ready!

Hiroshi Watanabe

I made an earlier promise to attempt to share work that I find truly inspirational, and hope to follow through as much as possible. Today I have one artist in particular that I wanted to share: Hiroshi Watanabe. His work is fantastic, with underlying cultural themes that offer a wonderful sense of depth to the work.