[NSFW] Trying something different

One of the advantages of digital photography is the ease of trying different methods of processing on one image. That ease can help or hinder, and we have all seen what over-processing does to photographs. Everything comes down to knowing when to stop and maybe pulling back a touch.

This was done very quickly, as I was looking for a way to convert, as speedily and painlessly as possible, digital images to black-and-white. It seems to work ok, but it’s more like a first step for portraits or glamour shots like this one. It also helps that the model is beautiful, which saved me a fair bit of processing time.

Still, not too bad for an experiment.

Sometimes the day job gets me a good shot

After nearly 4 years working mostly on my own, readjusting to having a day job can be frustratingly difficult. I am still in the “getting there” phase, and am working towards sorting all that out. In the meantime, here’s one shot I kinda like, taken while I was working the day job.

Not too shabby, while I’m (still) working on Nisshi Vol. V. It’s coming soon, I promise.

Quote of the Day

I read Joel Meyerowitz’s interview by Blake Andrews yesterday, and thought I’d write about it the next day; perhaps unsurprisingly John Sypal also picked up the same bit that I was interested in, namely, the following answer:

“…we have seen far too many examples of photographers playing point-counterpoint with signage interacting in an ironic or humorous way with pedestrian traffic. We have also seen a more aggressive brand of in your face work in the style of Bruce Gilden, which is a punishing assault on innocent people all for the look of shock on their faces.” — Joel Meyerowitz

I think that accounts for a lot of my distaste for what is passed around as “street photography” today——overused tropes, tired cliches, and worse, a pervasively underdeveloped aesthetic sense. Some prefer to take Robert Capa’s “not close enough” quote too literally and have nothing to show other than photos of people looking surprised.

Most of it is boring and uninteresting.

There should be a limit to copying the “masters”, and when your photos always look like someone else’s, perhaps the limit has been breached. Your photos are supposed to be your own, in every way possible; channeling someone, no matter how good that someone is, is a sign you might want to get another hobby.

Disclaimer: I don’t consider myself a “street photographer”, even though I’ve used that term on-and-off, mainly to explain what I’m doing to someone who isn’t familiar with photography, so take it however you will.

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