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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life." ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

Monday, August 11, 2014

Fantastic Time Lapse of North Korea's Capital ~ "Enter Pyongyang"

Take a tour through Pyongyang, the Capital of one most secretive and mysterious nations in the world today.


*Watch in HD full screen*
Enter Pyongyang from JT Singh on Vimeo.

“Enter Pyongyang” is a stunning collaboration between city-­branding pioneer JT Singh and flow-motion videographer Rob Whitworth. Blending time-lapse photography, acceleration and slow motion, HD and digital animation, they have produced a cutting‐edge panorama of a city hardly known. (via Vimeo)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Photographer Profile ~ Raymond Depardon

Raymond Depardon, born in France in 1942, began taking photographs on his family farm in Garet at the age of 12. Apprenticed to a photographer-optician in Villefranche-sur-Saône, he left for Paris in 1958 He joined the Dalmas agency in Paris in 1960 as a reporter, and in 1966 he co-founded the Gamma agency, reporting from all over the world. In 1978 Depardon joined Magnum and continued his reportage work.
Depardon has made eighteen feature-length films and published forty-seven books.



 "I’m coming from journalism, but at the same time I’m tempted by poetry, politics, and maybe the idea of being a witness, a belief that you can still change things with the image."  ~ Raymond Depardon



 

 Manhattan Out
 Manhattan Out was created in the winter of 1980-81. Raymond Depardon had accompanied a friend to New York and spent his days wandering the big apple. New York or rather New Yorkers impressed him greatly. He often photographed without aiming, the camera slung over his belly. He shot 2 or 3 rolls of film a day for several weeks. It was not until 27 years later that Depardon managed to finally  look at these pictures which are a time capsule of life as it was in NYC circa 1980.
Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out 
Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out

Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out

Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out



 "I don’t regret the numerous pictures of Brigitte Bardot, but I’d rather have a good photograph of my father." ~ Raymond Depardon






Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out
Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out
Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out
Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out
Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out
Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out

Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out
Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out

Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out


Raymond Depardon – Images from psychiatric hospitals  throughout Italy, 1979.
Piedmont region. Collegno near Turin.
Campania region. Naples. Psychiatric hospital. 1979.
 Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Trieste. Psychiatric hospital. 1979
Campania region. Naples. Bianchi psychiatric hospital.
Frioul. Trieste. Psychiatric hospital. 1979.


Campania region. Naples. Bianchi psychiatric hospital.
Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Trieste. Psychiatric hospital. 1979
Piedmont region. Collegno near Turin.
Piedmont region. Collegno near Turin.
Venice. San Servolo psychiatric hospital. 1979.
 Venice. San Clemente psychiatric hospital. 1979.
Venice. San Servolo psychiatric hospital. 1979.
Venice. San Servolo psychiatric hospital. 1979.




Portrait of Raymond Depardon





Raymond Depardon: Journal de France on Nowness.com


Buy Depadons books here Manicomio: Secluded Madness (201)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Importance of Composition

“Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.” ~ Henri Cartier Bresson



Henri Cartier-Bresson

Here is a short slideshow featuring the works of many great street photographers and their use of composition. The masters use composition to elevate the images from good to great. Add these examples to your mind's image bank. Once you immerse yourself in great photography and art you will start to see these patterns and relationships between objects in your own work as you frame your composition.

*press start button to begin slideshow*

Introduction to Composition for Street Photography (Gulf Photo Plus 2014) from erickimphotography


"No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition."
~ Claude Monet

 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Photographer David Doubilet Swims With Huge Goliath Groupers

Scores of 600-pound Atlantic Goliath groupers leave their normally solitary existence to mate and spawn on the shipwrecks, ledges, and structures off of Jupiter, West Palm Beach, and Boynton Beach—as well as off the west coast of Florida—from mid-August into October. Photographer David Doubilet swam along with these friendly giants and captured some great images.


"They remind me of my family, like my Uncle Johnny from New Jersey." 
~ David Doubilet 






Goliath groupers emerge from a blizzard of baitfish on a WWII shipwreck off Florida. ~Photograph by David Doubilet

Photograph by David Doubilet
Goliaths do sometimes eat the big crustaceans, but they prefer to dine on sand-burrowing crabs.


Captain Tony Tarracino and his family pose in 1958 with a day’s catch from the Florida Keys. Recreational hauls of goliaths helped push them near extinction.


Goliaths hover in a 
strong current above
 the Zion Train artificial reef near Jupiter, Florida. The fish gather on wrecks and reefs by the tens or even hundreds in preparation for spawning. This behavior, which peaks during the new moons of August and September, makes them easy to catch.