An artist streak runs in my family. My father painted and gave me an old Kodak camera when I was young. Painting frustrated me, as I was never able to put on canvas what was in my head. So I was always taking pictures. I loved animals from a very young age, having a “pet” squirrel that would follow me into the house, which would make my mother so mad. We weren’t allowed to have pets, so I made pets of any wild animal that trusted me. They were my subjects and for the most part, still are (like Masked Kitties).
This article is based on the ebook “The Photographic Message“, from Essential Seeing
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When we talk about personal photography, we refer to photography being used with the purpose of saying something that reveals the way the photographer connects, understands, and interprets the world. We are all different and unique, and certainly each of us has a very distinct way of relating to the world and its inhabitants, of processing the stimuli we receive, of thinking and feeling, and of making connections and finding conclusions. When we use photography with the intent of showing others (and ourselves) that personal way of connecting with the world, we are not just using photography to show how the world looks to us, but mostly how it feels to us.
My wife and I live near a famous stretch of Rt. 66, Central Avenue in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Starting out from our home city we wanted to visit some of the iconic places left on this road and travel all the way to the California border. Once underway we stopped often to reflect on our national past! So here we are sharing the sights and some of the history on another one of our epic journeys with the help of our good friends at Topaz!
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Road Less Traveled © Harold Davis
When I lead workshops, I often find myself repeating the common saying, “Want to make more interesting photos, put yourself in front of more interesting things.” This is fair enough. As Ansel Adams memorably put it, “Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.”
Street photography, while exciting and spontaneous, can also be intimidating and awkward, seeing that strangers are usually the subject. If you are interested in or new to street photography, you’ll love this video! Nichole Paschal covers some basic tips and ideas on how to capture intriguing moments on the streets.
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