All posts tagged ‘Photography

Film and File Lessons

This is a fairly specific read. Unless you’re interested in the ins and outs of photo file management, you might want to skip it. I have never enjoyed post processing. It’s a real downer to come back from an exciting shoot and then having to sift through a ton of pictures to tweak colors, cropping, […]

Hyperreality

Happy to bring you a new episode of my podcast Available Light, challenging the notion that a camera doesn’t lie. You can listen below – or click “Read more” to continue to the transcript.

“Arriving at the poetic image is mental art, not a mechanical one.” – Teju Cole

El Umbral

During my recent trip to New York, I stumbled upon an anothology of Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s work, succinctly called “Photopoetry”. This image of his encapsulates both that title and my fascination. 

“I don’t take pictures, pictures take me. … I can do nothing except have Film in the camera and be alert.” – Charles Harbutt

Aura

In “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”, Walter Benjamin describes an interesting way of judging “realness”: The authenticity of a thing is the essence of all that is transmissible from its beginning, ranging from its substantive duration to its testimony to the history which it has experienced. Since the historical testimony […]

More Real

On a rangefinder camera, you focus by aligning two pictures – the camera’s projection of what’s in front of you against the actual reality. You turn the focus ring on your lens until slowly, the two panes merge into a sharp picture. I was reminded of this whilst traveling on a bus in Mexico, looking […]

Anterior Future

Pure your gentle name, pure your fragile life, bees, shadows, fire, snow, silence and foam, combined with steel and wire and pollen to make up your firm and delicate being. – Pablo Neruda’s epitaph for Tina Modotti I dusted off my podcast and finally recorded the fourth episode of Available Light. This time, I am […]

The X100F: A Review of Sorts

I don’t usually write tech reviews, but for once in my life I find myself in a perfect situation to review the just-released Fuji X100F. I used to own the previous model, a silver X100T, but had it stolen from me in early January. Coincidentally, this happened just a few days before Fuji announced the […]

Foreshadowing

From the excellent Iconic Photos blog, describing a photo Duncan Cameron of a seal hunt.: Photography as a medium is always at its most powerful when it deals with ‘anterior future’ — images which foreshadows a future event good or ill (but mostly ill), such as photos taken before executions, at firing squads, or in […]