Archive for July, 2010

July 28, 2010

To shoot film or digital…

by donnor

Ahh… The age old question, well I am not a film snob, as I previously mentioned in this blog; then why you ask do I stick my feet in the mud and protest digital? One reason; digital is way to clean for my taste, embracing imperfections is really in everyday life, and I want my art to reflect that? Of course so many will say “you can change this” and “tweak that” “make it look like film.” Why not just shoot film? When photographing, it feels right to enjoy the release of the shutter, when we believe, “hey that might be something.” With me at least, when shooting digital, my finger becomes numb, and my mind soon follows… Unless… I work like I am shooting film, a couple things I like to do…

  1. Cover the display screen… Try to stop looking at it, it completely destroys any train of thought while working on a subject.
  2. Shoot with a small card…This will help us value the moment the shutter is released, thereby forcing us to be more present.
  3. Simple but often overlooked, manually focus. Again by being more present our images will only get stronger.

When recently in NY someone asked “do I shoot digital?” “well sure I do”, “but,” “sometimes,” “and you know I,” “and well…” Was my staggering answer… She described that basically clients want to see immediately how the shoot is going. Fine, I can shoot it, but it will never look like film… or will it?

And of course the above shot is…. digital, and below is my beloved film!

July 26, 2010

New Work…

by donnor

 


July 25, 2010

Thunderfest IV is here, I hope you will be also!

by donnor

July 25, 2010

Sunday Mornings

by donnor

July 21, 2010

Oh Weekends….

by donnor

A little slideshow…

July 14, 2010

Better to shoot and fail, than to fail by not shooting….

by donnor

Let’s talk about this idea… I know for me it is a constant struggle always battling with myself whether to pull the trigger or not. Remember when we first picked up the camera, and there were infinite possibilities all around us? What happened to them, and where the hell did they go?  Between talking myself out of a photograph, and declaring in my mind whatever I will get is going to be a pile of… I sometimes find pushing the shutter happens too few and far between. This process is wrong though, we must not wait for the photograph otherwise it will be too late and gone. And we must not mindlessly shoot, without care for consequence. We need to find a common ground within us, a place where we push ourselves from behind the lens and still find the balance to think about what is before us. It is a delicate dance to be able to force yourself to shoot, and then work through the situation that otherwise you would not be photographing. The only thing that I know for sure… you will miss all of the photographs that you never took. Below are some images that were made after I told myself there was “nothing to photograph here, what is the point donnor of wasting the film” Then I told myself to “shut the f$%^@! up and pick up the camera.”

It is better always to shoot and fail, than to fail by not shooting…

July 14, 2010

Found: Discoveries of FotoFest and PhotoNOLA I am excited to be included!

by donnor

On Exhibit July 10th – September 4th  John Cleary Gallery Houston, TX

http://www.johnclearygallery.com/exhibitions.php

July 13, 2010

Some new work…

by donnor

July 12, 2010

Handmade Copper Pounded Photography Portfolio…

by donnor

This is the completed portfolio that I just made and took to New York and shared with Art buyers, Creative Directors and Agents. It is a screw post portfolio that I built from scratch, the copper I was able to acquire in 12 by 12 sheets, perfect for my square format. I hand pounded it then stamped my name and finished it off with stain. Right now it has 70 images in it, I thought I would show some of a few bodies of work with the beginning being the oldest a (year old) and ending with the newest work about a (month old). How was it received? Well everyone made a brief comment on the uniqueness and then dove into the work. So what is in the book is the most important but showcasing it announces that what is inside must be Unique. When sitting down with Sony or Deutsch or industry creatives and buyers they are busy to say the least, they will fly through a book that took  you years to build in minutes. Never the less they know what they are looking at, so just be excited that you are able to meet them, and they gave you their time, they will remember when good work was in front of them. That said after reading a recent post on aphotoeditor the data shows that a portfolio meeting is the least likely to work in your favor…. go figure…. I always believe though there is no substitute for a personal meeting, and my trip was a success and I plan on doing this about 4 times a year. I was never one for the normal routine…

July 10, 2010

Slowly, Turning, Into…

by donnor

Slowly turning into is an infinite question and answer… My answer though would be the same as the question. The most important aspect for me is that I am always slowly turning into….  In this regard we are always, evolving, growing, shifting, learning, and adapting. This can be a life philosophy but for our purpose here let’s apply it to photography. This time we are now in, and maybe more than ever, is shifting and changing at an incredible speed, not just the technology but also the way in which our whole medium exists. When we try and hold onto to everything we end up with nothing in our grasp; for art and especially photography this is very true. There is so much out there for us to learn, understand, and use in photography; there really are a million ways to get to the same point. What is important though, is not letting ourselves get to distracted by all of this then finding us chasing the tail that cannot be caught. We will never learn everything in our medium and there will always be some new camera, or lens or software that someone swears bye that if you don’t quickly buy, or learn you will be lost and left behind….

The most powerful software and technology though we already have; let us understand and master it and our photographs will always be slowly, turning, into…