One of the first books I purchased when I made the move from casual to creative photography was Alex Webb’s The Suffering of Light.
The images are full of story and deeply human, all strongly composed and many vividly saturated. In my opinion, the book should be a fundamental reference point for any photographer who aspires to document life on the street.
Finding a vision
I came upon the article below today while reading Aperture and it has me thinking. I’ve never taken a workshop; I wonder if they’re worth their expense and time?
The workshop, which kicks off on Friday, September 27th, is weekend-long and appears to be chock full of activities. Among other things there’s a q&a, a prints review (each student is to bring roughly 30 prints), a discussion on the evolution of projects and books, some editing exercises and an assignment. All for $650 + any NYC travel expenses.
I’m unfamiliar with the work of Rebecca Norris Webb, although among her creative accomplishments she’s published nearly 10 photo-books which is no small feat. If it weren’t for an already planned trip I would seriously consider attending.
Some words of comfort from the hosts:
NOTE: This workshop is for photographers who collaborate with the world, not for those who dramatically alter or change their images digitally.
What is your opinion? Have you ever attended a workshop hosted by Webb? Or any workshop? Is there one you recommend?
Let me know if you plan to attend this one. I’d love to hear a report!
While the city is where I feel most comfortable, it’s always nice to escape from time to time.
On more than one occasion I’ve come back to this image I took last Sunday outside of my in-laws’ house. My wife and I arrived to an out-of-commission front stoop so we had to walk around the back to enter.
En route I caught this vivid red bush against the reddish-brown siding and had to take a step back. I suppose I was looking for color at the moment, which is interesting to reflect on because I’m not always looking for color. Sometimes I’m looking for light or a shape. In any event, it’s hardly a conscious effort … what I’m looking for.
Kevin Joseph has come a quite a long way and has endured more than one evolution.
My creative identity was at one point a men’s fashion blog, and then grew into a lifestyle “best practice” report. And then it morphed into a travel diary, photo blog, and at one time it was strictly a portfolio.
Thoughts for Thursday
An operations manager by day, I’m in a constant battle with my creative side in that I want art to have order and a defined, logical process. This logic of thinking, however, is illogical.
What I’ve learned – over time – is that it’s okay to embrace disorder. In fact, in some ways and in some circumstances, disorder promotes growth (something I’m wholly for). Without disorder, I would have considered it inconceivable to share my thoughts in this manner alongside what I’m now most proud of, my photography.
But here they are, my Thursday thoughts. A piece of my mind alongside a piece of what I see.
A few Saturdays ago my wife scheduled a pamper session for herself in Chicago’s Gold Coast. It was a sunny day; I seized the opportunity to photo walk, and after I dropped her off and parked, I hit the street.
I rarely have a plan beyond where I want to walk. In general I move and let everything else take care of itself. Case in point, I found myself on the SW corner of Michigan and Wacker, about to cross the bridge north. But then to my left, in the corner of my eye, I saw a deep shadow among the creamy colored concrete. Quickly I realized it was an open door, one that led right into the bridge tower.
I walked closer, and then inside, and found myself in the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. Up for anything, I paid the $6 admission and headed up to the top for some views. To my delight, I found myself alone, with plenty of time to spare, looking through two panes of thick glass that had condensation trapped in between them from the humidity.
Here’s a collection of my favorites from that session. All images were taken with the Sony a7iii using the Sony 50mm.
I recently upgraded from my Sony a6000 to the Sony a7iii and I couldn’t be happier with the investment. Don’t get me wrong, the a6 packs a mean punch, but this new beast is faster, has a larger sensor and reproduces color wonderfully.
Bonus: for its size, feels natural in the hands while on the street.
Here are a handful of first shots taken with the a7iii. What do you think?