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Threats to photography

I’m one of the photographers that thinks the use of photography to highlight everyday life is to the benefit of everyone. My dissertation was on the use of Street Photography as a tool for future historians to contextualise life in days gone by.

In this case Street Photography is one of the best outlets for serious photographers. Capturing a moment that shows humans interacting with their immediate environment makes everyone see our fast paced life in ways that are lost ether of time, sometimes that ether is just a few short months. Trends and life move at a pace these days!

As a street photographer, I don’t go out to make a fool of anyone, I certainly don’t intend to make fun of anyone, but that isn’t true of everyone who photographs… those people I condemn wholeheartedly!

I came across this article, it’s been a steady profile I have noticed of late, that the “dark side” of  social media is allowing to flourish:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/women-who-eat-on-tubes-i-was-hurt-and-humiliated-when-my-photo-appeared-online–im-never-going-to-strangershame-again-9249512.html

These people degrade not just the people they capture but all serious photographers (and by serious, I mean who don’t grab shots for the purposes of injury)

How best to deal with them? Group together to have them exposed publicly and shut down! It is good to have a code of conduct but that means nothing unless you draw the line in the sand and champion the people injured.

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Lunderston Bay with Steffie

We spent an hour on a windy Scottish Beach the results were wonderful…

Steffie Hill

Steffie Hill

Steffie Hill

Steffie Hill

Steffie Hill

Steffie Hill

Steffie Hill

Steffie Hill

HELP NEEDED

I have been absent due to my Honours year at Uni, however, I need some help, and please spread the word. I have quoted within my dissertation those snippets from renowned masters that help to explain photography, and in particular, Street Photography.

Now that the usual suspects, and pioneers of this art, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bert Hardy, Oscar Marzaroli, and Imogen Cunningham to name a few are out the way, I believe that the photographers of today are able to contextualise both photography and street photography  for the 21st century.

To this end I am hoping that you reading this will offer a quote on either

  • the importance of photography today
  • the importance of photography to you
  • the importance of street photography to society

Fell free to quote on all three if you are up for that challenge. It will be a great help if you could do so… thank you.

All quotes will be listed with your name (and a web address if you supply one)

Thanks

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Kenny and the Sex Machine

Kenny and the Sex Machine

Kenny and the Sex Machine

This is Kenny and the car is called Sex Machine, Kenny brought it to a shoot for a charity calendar… like everyone that doesn’t conform to the norm, he was a down to earth gent… I could easily see myself having him in front of the camera again!

I haven’t been feeling it artistically, I’m feeling that boom and bust part of artistic life, in one way I hate it and in an other I hate it. Do I need to extend myself or consolidate? 

 

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A Stern Look

A stern look

A stern look

This is the pre shoot shot of an exciting shoot on the Tall Ship in Glasgow. The female models were still in make up, so we took a 15 minute break and shot the a few. Technically I wanted to shoot against the morning sun, using fill flash. My biggest challenge was seeing the shoot info in the camera after looking at the sun (accidently).

It was meant to be candid and voyeuristic, with the sun flaring… I liked it and this quick shot was the one I liked from the day. There is a lesson there, don’t complicate a shoot, 9 times out of 10, the more simple the shot, the better the outcome!

 

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Mental State

Step 4a

Step 4a The Mental affirmation of the the Snake I’m sliding down…

Every now and again, like every creative, I hit that point where you review your work and it’s shit. I accept that it isn’t in parts but as a whole it’s shit. I’m not looking for or wanting anyone to say “don’t be hard on yourself” it isn’t that sort of post (I’ll let you know when it is lol).

I know I have something special but getting it from here to there is proving a little problematic at the moment. So this is me thinking out loud.

How vulnerable is a creative when they are being creative? Shouldn’t the whole act of opening up and delivering on a project or idea be enriching and affirming… it should, I know the stages;

  1. Great idea
  2. Concept works on paper
  3. Will people like it
  4. What do people know
  5. I’m the client
  6. I hate the client
  7. This is awesome
  8. Awe fuck
  9. Fuck it
  10. Oh yes

I’m looping between 4 and 1 like a cosmic game of Snakes and Ladders, or should that be Mother Fucking Snakes on those Mother Fucking Ladders.

I’m at an impasse, I walked the road and I’ve come across a void … no where to step … can’t go back … now what

4a. impasse void

Self doubt leads to self loathing and self loathing is pants.

LOL, I’m assuming no one read this far, but if you did and you overcame this tell me how and how much it hurt?

 

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All revved up!

Amazing guys and great bikes (2)

All revved up!

All revved up!

All revved up!

All revved up!