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Unfinished Tales - Joel Meyerowitz

Photography is a response that has to do with the momentary recognition of things. Suddenly you're alive. A minute later there was nothing there. I just watched it evaporate. You look one moment and there's everything, next moment it's gone. Photography is very philosophical.I have been away a long time.During the past several months, I have ignored two of my greatest loves, the written word and the photographic image.And even as I write this, I realize the absurdity of the excuses I have... continue reading

Simple is not easy

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.” – Steve JobsNo, this is not going to be a blog about sayings by the late Steve Jobs.It just happens to reflect very well the reaction I had (eventually) upon seeing a sample of photographs taken by Paul Caponigro.The pictures I was looking at were mostly still life or landscapes, and I am ashamed to say that upon a superficial glance, I was inclined to dismiss them as simple shots... continue reading

Feel lucky? Well do ya?

Mr Callahan, meet Shadow.Shadow, pay your respects to Mr Callahan.I love writing these blogs.Partly because I am incredibly shy and yet am still an egotistical maniac with an overwhelming propensity to volubility.Speaking for any length of time to any number of people renders me a nervous wreck.And yet holding my tongue and not saying anything would create such a huge conflict within my already demented mind that the resulting explosion could surely provide enough power to light up Times... continue reading

Oh no, he's back!

I haven’t written a blog for a while now.Things have been rather hectic for the last month or so.The sad thing is that I haven’t had that much time to pursue any of my interests that actually make me feel alive.The days just fuse into each other in a mundane and seemingly never-ending routine that hungrily saps my vital life force, leaving me spent and resembling an empty shell of a body.The frustration of having to face perfect incarnations of “mindlessness” and “self-importance... continue reading

My next victim - Peter Adams

Hello again,Based on the reactions to the last blog (Abell concise and me ranting), it would seem that people actually enjoy it when I rant.That, however, does not seem to include my wife who has made it absolutely clear, that all my ranting must be done outside her presence or I shall in no time at all, be ranting about sleeping on the sofa with an empty stomach (ha, I’m one up on her there, I love to cook and my sofa is pretty darn comfortable).Anyhow, I am back here again with another... continue reading

Abell concise and me ranting

Hello again.It has been a while since my last blog.Things have been rather hectic.But, here I am again back on the trail of discovering how to become a better photographer through the gems of wisdom imparted by some well-known masters of light.First off, let me thank all of you who visited and liked my Shadow69 Photography on Facebook.Your encouraging remarks are invaluable and help my motivation no end.I came across a few quotes from Sam Abell which I found to be intriguing.To be... continue reading

Cup of tea and Henri-Cartier Bresson

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.Any photographer’s supreme ambition is to capturing the precise millisecond that tells the whole story.A picture is the freezing of time.There are no fancy mechanisms available to the photographer to fill in the viewer with the crucial backstory.There is no way to rewind the narrative in a photograph.That single frame is it; the... continue reading

Mr Adams and me

Robert Adams gained prominence with his pictures that depicted how natural landscapes are transformed as civilization encroaches upon them.As a lover of the inherent beauty of the natural landscape his photographs strongly hint at the dismay he must have felt as he saw it being defaced by ever advancing human activity.It is not only his pictures that captured my attention; his musings also make for some thought-provoking study.He was at some point a teacher of English, and I think this as... continue reading

Arnold Newman's art

Although my approach has become popularly known as environmental portraiture, it only suggests a part of what I have been doing and am doing. Overlooked is that my approach is also symbolic and impressionistic or whatever label one cares to use.So said Arnold Newman of his art in the early 1980s.I can only imagine the frustration he may have felt at being stuck with a “label”.It strikes me as odd, that it took one man to popularize an approach that seems evident. I mean, if you are... continue reading

Choosing a good tripod

As I just bought a new tripod today I thought I would share with you a few tips on what to consider when choosing a tripod.You may have spent a significant amount of cash on buying the latest and greatest camera and the thought of spending another few hundred bucks on a few aluminum sticks to hold your camera for you may not be foremost on your mind.And yet, the tripod is possibly just as critical for taking great pictures as your camera (but remember, great photography isn't so much about the... continue reading

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