“Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work.”
– Martin Parr
Sometimes the more things change the more they stay the same and photography is no exception. The information and advice offered in this 1940s Vocational Guidance Film for aspiring professional photographers is still as applicable today as it was in 1946 when the film was made.
Of course things have changed since 1946 but more things have remained the same than have changed. Today most people shoot digital instead of film. Post processing, and retouching is performed on a computer. The filed of professional photography is still crowded, even more so today than it was in 1946 as the film points out.
So photography hasn’t really changed that much over time, it’s mainly the tools, the methods and how we think about photography that have changed.
Boredom has a bad reputation, it’s generally thought that boredom is dangerous and a disruptive state of mind to be feared and avoided at all costs hence why technology (the internet, the web, computers, smart phones, tablets etc…) that provides us with easy access to perpetual entertainment has been so eagerly embraced by so many people who have to have their smart phones surgically removed from their meaty paws.
One of my favourite writers, Nick Earls, agrees that boredom is a good thing saying in an interview that it’s important to be bored “because out of boredom comes imagination and creativity”. And Nick is dead right boredom is important. We should allow ourselves to get bored and embrace boredom.
“I don’t decide anything, I let the street speak to me. In order for the street to speak to you you’ve got to stay out there and see what it is … you’ve got to stay on the street and let it you tell you what it is. There’s no shortcuts.”
– Bill Cunningham
Moving Stills is a fascinating short film that shows what it was like to work with a photo agency as a photojournalist in 1978. The film follows photojournalist David Burnett as he takes on an assignment to document cowboys moving a herd of cattle in the American south west for Contact Press Images. What is great about this film is that it tells us the whole story from getting the assignment, deciding to taking the assignment, to selecting the photos, selling the photos to publishers, then seeing the finished product in magazines.
Nine years, that’s how long I have been a Flickr user for. I have always found the service to be fairly good value. I like the way Flickr looks and how it presents my photos, I like the fact that I can use the Flickr App to share my photos with people on my phone when I’m out and about, I like that I can join groups, and I like that I can post photos to these groups. Flickr isn’t perfect but I believe it’s still pretty good and it’s better than some other hosted photo sharing services.
“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”
– Paul Strand
Been enjoying your favourite TV show or movie? Well you can thank photography and Eadweard Muybridge for it. If it weren’t for photography and Eadweard Muybridge we might not have cinema as we know it today. Slices of Time: Eadweard Muybridge’s Cinematic Legacy tells the story of Eadweard Muybridge and how he laid the foundations for cinema.