Friday, April 28, 2006

2004 Kentucky Trip

I've been going through images as I try and learn Aperture and the new workflow associated with the program. In doing so, I've selected some previous images and started working on the process by which I could use the program. I've recently started looking at the images taken in 2004 when we went home to Kentucky. I want to put a book together as well as test out the website features of the program. Since it is now version 1.1 and works much better, I'm feeling more confident with the approach.

At the same time, I'm looking at more and more blogs that are relevant to both photography as well as to the job search that I am now conducting. I'm learning more about technology on the web and it's benefits to the photographic community as well as the business community. I plan on starting another blog in the near future about some of the things I am learning.

Here is a piece of technology that is pretty cool and free. I saw it on Guy Kawasaki's blog and there is now a new version that allows mac users to use the blog feature. Check it out if you get a chance.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Antonin Kratochvil

This was one funny presentation. While Antonin is extremely proficient at image making his technical presentation skills are a little less. Enter Gary Knight.

Gary provided technical assistance to the process and you can see it here in these images. While writing, I can sometimes get the spirit of the moment across but I’m not sure that will be the case here. Suffice it to say, I laughed out loud, along with the rest of the audience and enjoyed the time immensely.

Antonin presented images from his recent trips to Chernobyl to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the disaster. He had been there 10 years previously to document it as well. The premise behind this story was the ability of nature to thrive versus the affects the disaster has had on the human population.

He spoke about the radiation and the need to carry a dosimeter. I could relate to some extent with my time in the Nay and having a dosimeter assigned to me. But that’s another story. As he was explaining the need for the dosimeter and the radiation in the different zones, he told a story relating to the theme of the project. As the dosimeter would chirp indicating detected radiation he would hear matching sounds coming from the birds in the trees. He is as capable at telling a verbal story as he is telling stories with his images.

As with many of the VII photographers, I’ve been a long time admirer of Antonin’s work. Seeing his work on screen, along with the narrative about the images, was a wonderful way to experience the images. They were wonderfully composed, a common trait throughout the weekend, and just resonated with me personally.

He still shoots film and considers himself a black and white photographer. He did mention that he shot digital during the war in Iraq but that he doesn’t own digital. I didn’t get the feeling he would change anytime soon and I hope he doesn’t.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

VII Panel Discussion

Photography, at least for me, is the one consistent passion I have in life. I’m not sure I would change things if I could because as it turned out, my life is pretty good. But photography, and specifically photojournalism, are a life long passions that I continue to enjoy.

Because of that I certainly did not want to miss the chance to go the the VII Seminar held at the Art Center in Pasadena, CA this past weekend. It was a 2 day seminar featuring the photographers at the agency.

The next several posts will be about that seminar, the photographers (at least my impressions) and their images. All in all it was a very enjoyable way to spend the weekend. It did cause me to come away with a thought of “what if...” about following that dream and actually sticking with it as a young man. But as I said, in truth, I’m not sure I would change. My experience does have a valuable lesson that I try to teach to young people. Follow your dream. Learn all you can while you are young and find a way to become the best at what you do. Do this all while you are young and are used to having no money. Once that changes it’s very likely money will be the driving force for whatever you do.

This probably isn’t going to be in any particular order. I made the mistake of not taking photos with the first presenters of the day on Saturday. Boneheaded I know. As a result, I really have no images of (l to r) John Stanmeyer, Joachim Ladefoged or Ron Haviv. This image is from their discussion on the panel the first morning where they accepted questions from the audience. The other gentleman is Jim Seida, Multimedia Producer from MSNBC.

What struck me most was the attitudes of the photographers. While I have no doubt that they all have an ego; who wouldn’t considering what they do, without exception they all came off as humble, gracious, giving and grateful. I was thanked for being there on several occasions by the photographers and staff themselves.

Over the next several days I’ll give my impressions but the job hunt takes precedence and it’s also spring break.