A Master of B&W, in-flight landscape photography, pyramids without buses or tourist scams, rainbow moons, better skin tones, 8 films to try out, predicting the future of photography, macro without dedicated lenses, Pulitzer winners, the UK’s hidden multi-billion photo stash, Meta NFTs, irrefutable proof of life on Mars (finally answering David Bowie), an 8-figure Man Ray and my pathetic attempt at ripping off William Eggleston. Plus more 🙂
Double apologies are in order. Not only was last week’s episode skipped entirely, but this one over compensates with too much content. Oh well, just browse and pick, I guess 😉
Unrelated to any of this week’s news, let’s quickly discuss the value of revisiting old photo collections. Old, in this instance, is barely one month old. But my lenses have seen a lot since then and said collections (from the UK, except for one) had simply been pushed down the priority rankings. Until I needed pics for this news roundup and had used up all the others in other posts or drafts.
Rediscovering older photographs is particularly an opportunity to take a closer look at unprocessed ones, which obviously went unappreciated during the PP phase, but now stand out clearly. Often, those are lovely in their own right. It may be that they are less obvious, or that I’d forgotten the intention when sorting through the PP candidates. But they tend to be more pensive and interesting than some of the more spectacular ones picked at first sight. I mean, how often do you see butterflies covered in equations?
George Tice’s pictures fascinate me. He blends great ability for composition with extraordinary tonal control. The two are obviously linked, but rarely have I ever seen both lifted so high simultaneously. An article for oldies, I guess, but still worth the read for all.
Nothing really creative about the photographs here – though they are gorgeous – but the website design is. Plus, who doesn’t need a bit of travel in their lives, these days. Here’s one place influencers haven’t yet messed up for the rest of us 🙂 And here are people who got to travel in exchange for creativity : Iceland Hotel Offering 10-Day Stay in Exchange for Landscape Photos (PetaPixel)
This is great. Smartphones are getting more and more convoluted, and gradually losing the plot of simple, efficient, enjoyment. Oh, and becoming expensive enough to make even our new tech overlords think twice before buying one. What great news for fun camera makers.
On the other hand, this is what smartphones are brilliant at. Computational wizardry. This is their photographic USP, in my mind, and they should focus a lot of effort on that rather than try to mimic something they are not.
I do this all the time. Not only does it work, but it brings out and accentuates the natural look of the lens, which is not designed for this and is used out of its optimized perimeter. It can lead to brilliant results with the right lens. Not one for the sharpness/neutrality camp, though 🙂
That’s triple the previous record (Gursky’s Rhein II) and 4 times the previous record for a Man Ray photograph. The difficulty of finding good investments today is probably behind the huge hike but it’s also interesting to note the new record goes for a traditional print. I think we’re seeing a return to tactile pleasures, even when those end up in a vault.
Closing thoughts. Do other people’s photographs ever influence yours?
The second I saw this toy tractor in a hotel/farmyard, Eggleston’s tricycle image sprang to mind. It’s funny how some pictures leave a trace in your memory and others don’t. Eggleston’s Memphis (tricycle) falls in the first category for me.
The problem is my photograph has all the components, composition, local light, local background, but none of the pertinence. It’s merely a fun shot. During the trip, I tried to recreate another photograph. One of mine. And this time, not by accident, deliberately. With even worse results. This has prompted a post about the futility of recreation, soon to be posted.
Lastly, I think I finally understand my newfound obsession with film. Everytime you load new filmstock, it’s like having a new camera system altogether. Completely different look. Sure, we can emulate that digitally in post with presets, and with the extra convenience of shot by shot decision-making. But (1) it really doesn’t quite look the same and (2) with a film roll, you’re all in. For the duration of your roll (10 pics if you own the best camera in history, the Mamiya 7) you’re locked in and have to think for a specific look. Then you get to start all over again with another roll. So. Much. Fun.
Dang, I’m dangerously close to that analog cliff …
Have a great week-end 🙂
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