the gab bag

  • michaelgeorgephoto:

    My dreams have come true! The story and images from my project “Portrait of a Pilgrim” are one of the features in the May issue of National Geographic. If you’re a subscriber it will be on your doorstep any minute. If you’re not you should grab it on newsstands super soon! In celebration I’ll be reposting some of my favorite images from the project and sharing some never before seen images and stories. Now please excuse me while I go happy dance for 12 hours

  • fansofsallymann:

    Sally Mann’s Exposure | The New York Times Magazine | April 16 2015

    “…The overwhelming response was due, in part, to an article about my work by Richard B. Woodward that appeared as a cover story in this magazine around the time the book came out. During the three days of interviews at my home, I was a sitting duck, preening on her nest without the least bit of concealment. So I can hardly fault Woodward for taking his shots at me. In my arrogance and certitude that everyone must see the work as I did, I left myself wide open to journalism’s greatest hazard: quotations lacking context or the sense of irony or self-­deprecating humor with which they were delivered.”
  • mpdrolet:



    Photo: © Robert Chilton, Courtesy One Eyed Jacks Gallery

    Two weeks left to have a look at a show I curated over at One Eyed Jacks in Brighton.

    Tomorrow Has Passed brings together a bunch of great work. Tell your friends out there in the UK.

  • emilyshur:

    The two images of mine above were selected for inclusion in AP31.  Very exciting!  It’s always interesting to see which images play the most to the outside world.  I think we as photographers always have our favorites, but it would be a lie to say that other peoples’ opinions don’t impact our own.  When I saw what had been selected, I thought that these two images really represent what I love to do but in such different ways.  The picture of Kevin Hart is everything I love about celebrity portraiture - a positive, fun, collaborative subject in an interesting setting combined with technique to elevate the moment.  The bottom picture is of a pool at a hotel outside of Osaka that my husband and I stayed at for one night at the beginning of our most recent trip to Japan.  In the morning I woke up and did what I always do - quietly wandered around the area near the hotel with a camera and some film.

    I often have a lot of turmoil (for lack of a better and less dramatic word) about whether or not the different types of work I do are too disparate from each other and if it hurts more than it helps to show everything to everyone.  Photography as a profession is a very saturated market these days, and my advice to aspiring photographers is usually to focus hard on a style or genre, and don’t confuse people by showing them too much.  In order to stand out, become really good at that one thing and then that thing becomes your stamp.  One of the best compliments is, “I saw a picture, and before I saw the credit I knew it was yours.”  Generally speaking I think it serves us (working photographers) best to be concise in our vision and maintain a consistent point of view.  However, if we only stay in our little boxes, it starts to feel as if there’s no growth, change, or progression. 

    If you ask me, both images above are sharing the same vision and point of view.  They’re both about composition, light, color, and mood.  To get even more literal they’re both shot at pools and have zig-zaggy lines in them.  But one is so quiet and the other much louder - both technically and in terms of vibe.  So, I guess my whole point is that when I get emails from aspiring photographers asking questions, wanting answers and advice, I just want to say that we don’t have all the answers.  I’m not saying don’t ask the questions.  Definitely ask all the questions, but know that there probably won’t ever be definitive answers.  There are still so many aspects of this very weird world I call a job that are unknown to me.  The best we can do is make work that we’re proud of and excited about, and hopefully other people will be excited about it, too.  How and why that happens is mysterious.  Still.  

    It makes me happy to get one image I made for work and one I made for myself into American Photography.  I would still like these pictures if they didn’t get in, but it’s nice to get little affirmations along the way since the path is not paved and could really go in any direction.