Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Styling: Noshin Mansourian
Lighting and special effects: Tom
view his photoblog here
Friday, August 20, 2010
10 Ways to be a more Curious Photographer:
There are a lot of ‘rules’ going around when it comes to photography. Read the books (read this blog) and you’ll find them. Some of them have formal names like ‘rule of thirds’ and ‘the golden ratio’ while others are often just called ‘the right way to…’.
Curious photographers are always asking questions. Questions of other photographers, questions about their own work, questions about their cameras, questions of their subjects etc
One of the key questions you should get in the habit of asking is ‘what if’? Curious people don’t just ask questions – they also come up with solutions.
An old teacher once used this phrase with me and it’s stuck in my mind ever since – ‘turn your Questions into Quests’.
While sometimes the best way to learn is by trying, making mistakes and then trying again – sometimes it’s more effective to find someone else who has already tried, made mistakes and tried again to help you avoid the pitfalls of photography.
Edward De Bono has a lot of different exercises that help people develop lateral thinking skills. In a number of his books he talks about how one way to think outside the box is when you put random ideas together to find new solutions to problems. Get in the frame of mind where you regularly do this and you’ll be surprised at how your mind comes up with wonderfully creative things.
Perhaps the most curious of people are children who do a lot of what we’re writing about here (especially asking questions).
One of the biggest blockages to creativeness and curiosity are statements like:
- We’ve never done it this way before
- This is Stupid
- It will never work
One of the main things that I notice about curious people are that they rarely sit still and are always pushing forward and taking the initiative. Curious photographers don’t expect great photographic opportunities to come to them – but instead they actively search for them. They have a mindset where it almost becomes natural to ask, seek and find the things that the rest of us hope that will one day fall in our laps.
10. Slow Down
Thursday, August 19, 2010
knitted by Jean Arkell
these are the homes of female killers and the houses where they committed their crimes.
(or an ultimate spark of genius quirkiness)
Charlotte Bryant, a 33-year-old illiterate mother of five, lived here with her husband Frederick. She enjoyed a drink and had a reputation as an amateur prostitute in the local pubs. Apparently her toothlessness and lice did not put the men off. Sometimes she even brought them home. One of these men was Leonard Parsons, a gypsy horse trader. Leonard became an occasional lodger in the Bryant household and Frederick did not seem to mind sharing Charlotte with him. Charlotte decided otherwise and started poisoning Frederick so that she would be free to marry Leonard. Frederick eventually died on 22 December 1935 after drinking a cup of Oxo containing arsenic. Charlotte was caught after the post-mortem on Frederick's body. A friend also told the police that she had seen Charlotte trying to destroy a tin of weed-killer. She was hanged at Exeter Prison on 15 July 1936. Mary Eleanor Wheeler, aged 24, was living with a Charles Creighton under the assumed name of Eleanor Pearcey. She was having an affair with a married man, Frank Hogg. On 24 October 1890 she invited his wife Phoebe to tea. In her own kitchen she battered Mrs. Hogg over the head with a poker and then slit her throat. She also killed the Hoggs' 18-month-old baby daughter who Mrs. Hogg had brought along with her. Eleanor put the bodies into the baby's pram. When it was dark she pushed the pram around disposing of the two bodies as she went. She was soon caught. Despite her claims that the blood in her kitchen came from a session of mouse killing she was found guilty and hanged at Newgate Prison on 23 December 1890. Her father had been hanged ten years earlier. Her last request was for a mysterious advertisement to be placed in a Madrid newspaper. It read "M.E.C.P. Last wish of M.E.W. Have not betrayed"
can you feel that summer is ending?
i refuse to >:)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
i love looking through the family albums.
i am wishing i could reach into the pictures and bring back the beautiful outfits my mother wore.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
there was Much traffic, thanks to the many surfers rushing alongside us to the "US opening of surfing"
we came for the music, but arrived too late to see the Hot Hot Heat :/
got some in-in-out on the way home. it was a good day.