Ankor Wat in Cambodia reminds you how short our time on this Earth is. I mean, think of the civilizations that have come and gone since the dawn of time. People survive and prosper because of relationships- as in “Friends through Time, ” a shot made last week in Asia. I like the way the boys are “framed” by the temple arches.
Walking the beach, it’s not unusual to see people oil up for a tan, knock back a cold one OR make a sand castle. Wht is unusual is the way this man used sand to create his “art.” Photographers look for what is extraordinary in the ordinary.
I titled this,”Wise Guy.” He was absolutely joyous as I shot some 20 images of him on an Asian street. He paid me no mind, instead dealing with admirers of his work. I think the Chinese characters add context to the shot.
Here was this tiny little soul, aboard her Dad’s boat, breathing in a big yawn as she came home from a day of fishing. It was her gesture, and white hat, that attracted my attention. Shooting only three quick frames, I made sure Dad was in the picture, but NOT dominant. Had his face been visable, it would have drawn attention from her.The image has good tonal range, but not as dramatic as some of my portraits.
Just back from my trip to Asia, I just printed this image- a good example (hopefully) of how contrast can add power to an image. Contrast of both subject matter and tones. As always, a decent images comes from a lot of walking and shooting. You can see more of my trip at http://www.SLMphoto.com (go to Combinations 16 and 17) or visit me at Courthouse Market (SAT) and at Eastern Market (SUN). Gee, from 80 degrees to winter weather. I will be the guy shivering…
Sometimes people prefer privacy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tell their story in ways that are sensitive and responsive. Using backlighting, I was able to document a special moment between two children as the sun set. You can tell they are kids, and members of the Amish Community. But their identies are secure because of how I chose to expose the “moment.” This image, and others shot as I visited Amish Country, will be with me this SAT (Arlington) and SUN (Eastern Market).
You can dramatically increase the power of your photographs by following the steps in my second book,
Make Images with Impact. No big words or fancy concepts- just proven steps that I have shared with my photography students over the years. Will be hot off the press by mid September so check my web site then.Look under galleries, then select NEW book.
Gestures communicate. They tell a story without words. I think the best images capture physical movements that document a feeling or action. As you shoot, look for the little things because, over time, they are the BIG things. -www.slmphoto.com
During a US government approved trip to Cuba, I found a young man “leaping” as he ran down Havana’s decaying streets. Taking a “leap” is what I am doing by leaving DC for the Philly area. The lure of grand kids is compelling. I will still offer my work large DC markets, and some in Philly, though with less frequency. That means my newly updated website will be your easiest way to acquire images. http://www.SLMphoto.com. As for teaching, new venues will surface. Meantime, take a leap of faith yourself