Tag Archives: Black & White

New Favourite Photographer: Paul Octavious

Paul Octavious has an eye and imagination that most photographers dream of. I’m loving the dreamy self portraits with miniature airliners captured in jars; reportage-style shots covering Chinese New Year in Chicago; same hill different day images; and beautiful shots of United States’ wide expanse from the air.

No wonder there’s a lot of blogs like this one singing praises. New favourite photographer: Yes.

Paul Octavious Portfolio: pauloctavious.com

Images © Paul Octavious
Ruffin Clouds © Paul Octavious

Images © Paul Octavious
Puffin Clouds © Paul Octavious

Images © Paul Octavious
JFK > SFO © Paul Octavious

Images © Paul Octavious
Same Hill, Different Day © Paul Octavious

Gang Life by Robert Yager

Robert Yager’s photographs of L.A. Latino gang life hint at a photographer very comfortable with his technique; a photographer winning the trust of subjects in the most unlikely places. Take a peek at the attached interview for some amazing insights into how these incredible photographs came to be.

Via Koi Koi Koi.

View Robert Yager’s full portfolio here.

Interview with Robert Yager at Altpick.

Gang Life in L.A. © Robert Yager
© Robert Yager

Gang Life in L.A. © Robert Yager
© Robert Yager

Gang Life in L.A. © Robert Yager
© Robert Yager

Favourite (famous) photographer 1: Richard Avedon

Credited by the New York Times with defining America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century, Richard Avedon’s portfolio of photographs are almost beyond comparison. Photos ranging across the realms of reportage, fashion and portraiture, Avedon’s images are a document of the country that stamped its life and culture all over the 20th century.

Keen photographers and photo anoraks will already be aware, so I won’t continue to bore…have a look at the Richard Avedon Foundation website and marvel.

Bob Dylan, Copyright Richard Avedon
Bob Dylan © Richard Avedon 1963 / 1965

Martin Luther King, Copyright Richard Avedon
Martin Luther Ling, Jr with his father and his son © Richard Avedon 1963

Weegee: It’s a Crime to Take Photographs This Good…

The Michael Hoppen Gallery in London is exhibiting the works of Weegee until 9th January 2010.

This is an opportunity for all photographic fans in the capital to appreciate the stark work of a photojournalist who was always there. The story goes that Weegee (real name: Arthur Fellig) gained his photo-moniker after being compared to a ouija board: always in the right place, at the right time, to capture crimes moments after they happened. Weegee captured New York during the 1930’s and 1940’s unlike any other photojournalist.

An absolutely seminal photographer from one of the greatest photographic eras of the 20th century.

"Out of the River", February 24, 1942 © Weegee/ International Center of Photography/ Getty Imagescourtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

Film & Digital: Embrace It All

A few years ago my Dad gave me my Granddad’s old camera. A 1966 Kodak. Fully manual. No batteries, slightly buffed-up lens, working mechanical light meter. An absolute gem.

It is only now that I have started to appreciate this masterpiece of photographic equipment. The lens may be slightly battered, but the shots are crystal clear. I may have to re-load film every 36 shots, but my battery never dies. The depth of field is astonishing.

The digital ‘revolution’ has created a world full of amateur photographers, and this isn’t necessarily a negative thing. I do however wonder how many people understand photography as art, photography as knowledge of projection, photography as combination of light and chemicals, photography as not shooting 200 and discarding 198.

Shooting on film with a camera that requires care and attention has revived my creative interest in photography, and my digital SLR photography can only benefit from the following thoughts:

Don’t waste a shot
Choose subjects carefully
If you choose to be avant-garde, use your equipment to its maximum potential
Frame
Choose your light with knowledge of the outcome
Experiment with care 

I own a Canon EOS 5D. And I love it. But this fully manual relic with it’s many intricate functions is like a friend that I have to nurture and encourage…

 

Abandoned Barn, Swiss Alps | Photo by Pete Foster

Abandoned Barn, Swiss Alps | Photo by Pete Foster

 

Tree Wall, Mountains | Photo by Pete Foster

Tree Wall, Mountains | Photo by Pete Foster

Morning Commute, B.C. | Photo by Pete Foster

Morning Commute, B.C. | Photo by Pete Foster