I missed the documentary “Finding Vivian Maier” when it had very limited theatrical release. It just came out a while ago on DVD, and I anxiously snapped it up off Amazon.
It’s so good. Watching someone discover the negatives of an unknown photographer and then what seems like overnight turning this photographer into a world renowned street photographer is amazing. People are on both sides as to wether Vivian would have wanted this kind of attention, but her images are incredible. Her story is crazy to watch unfold, and I for one and glad that her work was presented to the world. A beautiful, crazy, detective-like documentary about a seclusive photographer and her amazing body of work. Definitely check it out. Pick it up on Amazon (woah! for only $14!! what a steal!) Highly recommended.
Have the subject step further away from the backdrop.
I see it over and over and over again. Subject’s too close. It picks up the wrinkles in the fabric, or the paper, or whatever. It tosses shadows on the backdrop.
You can eliminate most of these issues by simply having the subject take four more steps than where you would normally put them. If they seem close to the backdrop, they are. Move ‘em away from there. Get them in a free space, away from the backdrop.
I met musician/photographer/blogger Hana Kahn through my friend/photographer Kathleen Frank who recently moved to NH from Florida. We’ve been itching to get together and mess around and spend the afternoon making photographs, and, finally one lovely August afternoon we made it happen. CONTINUE READING…
I used to frequent local meetups as much as I could in the past but over the years they fell off my radar. This year they have started to sprout up again locally so I figured it was time to dust off my meetup status and hit one up. And bring the Petzval along.
I believe I’m obsessed with wet plate and tin type photography. I think that is a safe thing to say. I love it. LOVE it. I’m constantly daydreaming about the day when I’ll be able to mix my own wet plate chemicals and build a large format camera to use specifically for wet plate and tin type photography. It’s true alchemy. It’s being a Wizard; concocting a magical potion that can freeze moments and do it with such style and clarity and contrast. Beautiful.
Sara and I had our wedding portraits done as large, 20×24″ tin types by Yige Wang. I love that man. I love our portraits. They are amazing. So when my friend Edith Weiler started concentrating on wet plate photography, I started getting really anxious to watch her. To help her. To sit for her.
Edith is working on a body of wet plate portraits that will be part of an exhibition in November. She asked Sara and I (and Dave Seah) if we would want portraits taken of us by her.
Excuse me? Abso-freaking-lutely.