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A digital scrapbook of stuff I'm seeing / reading / finding / watching / thinking about / listening to. It is where ideas take shape, and perhaps, end up on my blog or website.

selektormagazine:

Alex Crétey Systermans, selected portraits from Issue 1 (web and print)

Selektor Magazine Issue 1: Alex Crétey Systermans

ONLINE ISSUE
PRINT ISSUE

It is well worth checking out Alex’s photographs. Adore his portraits and use of light. 

Portrait of Vicky, from March.
Portrait of Vicky, from March.

Portrait of Vicky, from March.

March Snapshots. 

Snapshots from March 2014, on Eastbourne beach. 

Serbs by Christopher Anderson
If you’ve not seen any of Christopher Anderson’s photography, I suggest you check it out now. 
In this image, I love the light, fog, and the back lit silhouette. Strong blacks are a common theme in Christopher’s work, that can be seen in his wonderful, and somewhat film-mic book, Capitolio. Images here via Magnumphotos.com. 
Serbs by Christopher Anderson
If you’ve not seen any of Christopher Anderson’s photography, I suggest you check it out now. 
In this image, I love the light, fog, and the back lit silhouette. Strong blacks are a common theme in Christopher’s work, that can be seen in his wonderful, and somewhat film-mic book, Capitolio. Images here via Magnumphotos.com. 

Serbs by Christopher Anderson

If you’ve not seen any of Christopher Anderson’s photography, I suggest you check it out now. 

In this image, I love the light, fog, and the back lit silhouette. Strong blacks are a common theme in Christopher’s work, that can be seen in his wonderful, and somewhat film-mic book, Capitolio. Images here via Magnumphotos.com. 

austinkleon:

Contact Sheets

After seeing Vivian Maier’s film rolls, I’ve been pawing around online, looking at other photographer’s contact sheets. (The biggest treasure trove is this book of Magnum Contact Sheets — and several of the sheets above came from the site Chasing Light.)

What is a contact sheet?

The contact sheet, a direct print of a roll or sequence of negatives, is the photographer’s first look at what he or she has captured on film, and provides a uniquely intimate glimpse into their working process. It records each step on the route to arriving at an image—providing a rare behind-the-scenes sense of walking alongside the photographer and seeing through their eyes.

Going behind-the-scenes sort of breaks the mythology of photography:

No document gives greater insight into how a photographer shoots and edits than a contact sheet—the direct print, from a roll or negatives, where a film photographer often first sees her work, grease pencil in hand, and marks her best frames. […] “The contact sheet spares neither the viewer nor the photographer,” Martine Franck writes… “By publishing that which is most intimate, I am taking the very real risk of breaking the spell, of destroying a certain mystery.”

Photographers, of course, don’t always like the evidence of their process:

“It’s generally rather depressing to look at my contacts,” Elliott Erwitt [says.] “One always has great expectations, and they’re not always fulfilled.” Henri Cartier-­Bresson, a Magnum founder, so hated the idea of someone pawing through his outtakes that he once bragged about throwing out his negatives “in the same way as one cuts one’s nails.”

And in the digital age, of course, contact sheets don’t really exist…

Related reading: 10 Things Street Photographers Can Learn From Magnum Contact Sheets

Some more!

austinkleon:

Rolls of Vivian Maier’s film

From the documentary, The Vivian Maier Mystery:

With her Rolleiflex, she had just twelve shots and then had to reload the film. Not easy in the open air. She shot about a roll of film a day. She spent virtually all her earnings on film, equipment, and storage. Unlike most photographers, Vivian tended to take just one shot and move on. Her hit rate was phenomenal.

When the Chicago History Museum had a show of her work, they displayed prints of her rolls of film. Here’s Michael Williams, author of Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, on what you can learn from looking at them:

This is a roll of film and the order in which they were taken. It’s kids getting on a bus in the morning for school. She drops them off and then she heads Downtown and she starts photographing. You really get this sense of a day in a life… or her diary here and you can see how she moves through the street. If you put it all in a row, you would see one woman’s life unfolding on film…you’d have an unbroken string of images of what she saw, what her experiences were. This is what her big project was. It was her life. It was experiencing life through photography.

Filed under: photography, Vivian Maier

(Top image via a post at The Online Photographer)

Austin Kleon talking about photography, what more could I want?!

beben-eleben:

Alex McLean, a licensed pilot and photographer, took these gorgeous photos “just by sticking his camera out the window”.

What a phenomenal view. 

If you see a bus you want to get on, get on it. Don’t let life pass you by, missing opportunities as you go. And if you don’t know where you want to go, get on a bus anyway, at worse it isn’t where you wanted to go, but then at least you know that now. #oxford #bus #vscocam #photographforthought #blackandwhite (at Oxford, Oxfordshire)
If you see a bus you want to get on, get on it. Don’t let life pass you by, missing opportunities as you go. And if you don’t know where you want to go, get on a bus anyway, at worse it isn’t where you wanted to go, but then at least you know that now. #oxford #bus #vscocam #photographforthought #blackandwhite (at Oxford, Oxfordshire)

If you see a bus you want to get on, get on it. Don’t let life pass you by, missing opportunities as you go. And if you don’t know where you want to go, get on a bus anyway, at worse it isn’t where you wanted to go, but then at least you know that now. #oxford #bus #vscocam #photographforthought #blackandwhite (at Oxford, Oxfordshire)

Get someone else to read your story to you. Many say read your work out loud and this does help but I believe you still hear in your head what you wanted to write. When someone else reads it you stop hearing what you wanted to say and hear exactly what you’ve written.
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Paul McVeigh (via austinkleon)

I’ve also found getting my mac to read my writing out to me, helps find mistakes and problems.

July Snapshots. Eastbourne for the weekend. Vicky feeling exhausted, but then pleased to be playing an electric violin we got in London. 

onlyoldphotography:

George Hoyningen-Huene: Lisa Fonssagrives in Vionette dress,1938
onlyoldphotography:

George Hoyningen-Huene: Lisa Fonssagrives in Vionette dress,1938

onlyoldphotography:

George Hoyningen-Huene: Lisa Fonssagrives in Vionette dress,1938

I’ve found myself chimping lately, more so than usual. So when I read a comment over on Burn I decided to get my tools out. It says;

'David says pretend you don't know for sure if you have the picture or not. Keep working it'

I can still check the battery level, and what ISO I am on, so the screen isn’t completely useless… just much harder to see what I’ve already shot - I can see those when I get home.