Finding vision with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

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!

Source: Aperture Foundation,


Thursday Thoughts

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.