Posts Categorized: Art and Philosophy

Roger Ballen and Die Antwoord, Art and Music

Spend too much time in the traditional, commercial photography ecosystem, and you might think that the only good photography, the only real photography, is what you see in a given photo enthusiast Facebook group or photographers’ message board. Deconstructing lighting and composition, or arguing over which lenses make the most sense for portrait shoots or… Read more »

Sarah Small and the Power of Connections

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I talk a lot about how photography gives us the opportunity to connect with the world around us in ways we might not otherwise be able to, or be comfortable with.  NYC-based artist/photographer, Sarah Small found such a connection in her friend and model, Sandy.  Sarah sent out a note today, informing her mailing list… Read more »

Should Photographers Produce Limited Editions?

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In this guest post by Andrew Stearns, he asks us to think about the medium of photography and our ability as artists to widely replicate and distribute our work. Specifically, he wants us to question the practice of limited editions where photographic fine art is concerned. When you start thinking about producing your photographic images… Read more »

Minimize Your Competition

From my newsletter: Seems like everyone’s a photographer now. The competition is fierce. Looking for some photography marketing tips? If your goal is to do the type work that seems to be selling right now, and to have a website and portfolio that looks like everyone else’s in your marketplace, then that’s who you’re competing… Read more »

The Eye Has to Travel

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“The eye has to travel.” — Diana Vreeland. Lighter tones draw the eye’s attention first, darker tones recede. Or so the rule goes. You’ll see where this is used in fashion photography; sometimes the point of an image is to make the model disappear behind a brightly-colored outfit, almost as if she’s not really there…. Read more »

Iconic Photographers and Inspiration

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The other day, I posed this question to our Facebook group:  “What iconic photographers are you inspired by the most right now?”  This, along with the stipulation that we limit our answers to photography’s iconic Masters and leave out the currently popular gurus of the craft. As of this writing, here are the results and… Read more »

Moving Forward with Your Photography: Helping Others Do the Same

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[This was a segment in my newsletter today.  My enthusiasm sometimes overpowers my typing and editing skills, so there were just a couple of typos in the e-mailed copy, which I’ve corrected here.  Even if few others noticed, I did.  Hopefully I’ve caught them all.  I can’t make any promises about the grammar. Please feel… Read more »