I just came back from a great photography conference in Nashville…”Imaging USA,” put on by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Workshops, lectures, expo, and lots more. One of the most interesting parts for me was the attention given to the reemergence (albeit slowly) of film photography. I still shoot and develop film because it provides a depth and texture no digital file can…even with post processing. Here are some (digital) scenes from the show.
A New York Times article earlier this month discussed how some people are turning to trained photographers to rev up their online portraits for social media sites. “When Selfies Won’t Do,” written by Alex Williams, focuses on the value of glamour photos for personal branding. Certainly these types of modelesque-type shots are great ways to edge out the competition on dating sites like match.com. But the same can be said for your everyday social sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, although for the latter a less dramatic pose might be more appropriate. The main point is that there is a difference when portraits are created by your best friend with their iPhone and a skilled photographer that can pose you to put your best foot forward. Whether the goal is a glamour or sophisticated shot, I love to collaborate with clients to bring out their best.
On a recent trip to Northern Vermont, I had the pleasure of meeting-quite by accident-Diana Mara Henry, an award-winning photojournalist. Ms. Henry chronicled the political scene in the U.S. starting in the early seventies, with an emphasis on the dynamic women’s movement. With subjects such as Bella Abzug (no relation), Shirley Chisholm, and a very young Bill Clinton, she witnessed and captured on film some of the most important events of the time with a unique style. Click HERE to check out her website and HERE, and HERE, to see journalist Thomas Lee Jones’ favorite Diana Mara Henry photos. (All photos below are copyrighted by Diana Mara Henry, except where noted.)
On the surface, a Holga film camera seems like a cheap device with a value not even close to its $25 retail price. It has an all-plastic body, including its lens, and is prone to light leaks. Why would any photographer, beginner or advanced, want to use one of these? Well, besides the Holga’s ultra-light weight, the results (as below) can be magical. In fact you never know what your outcome will be until the film is processed.
Photojournalist David Burnett has won numerous awards for his Holga photo of Al Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign. Burnett reportedly hung the Holga around his neck on a whim with his usual tools of the trade. The result was awesome.
In her song, Vogue, Madonna suggests that anyone can “strike a pose” like a New York fashion model or Hollywood star. She’s right. All it takes is some attitude and the fortitude to dig deep down into your essence and present yourself in a whole new way. And you don’t have to live in the Big Apple or Tinsel Town to make it happen. This shot was taken during a photo session of office colleagues. After arranging the ladies on the couch, I asked them to “strike a pose.” They did a magnificent job.