Famous Photographer #6

Richard Avedon


Born in 1923 and died 2004, He was known for his great portrait work and his book In The American West.

Richard was the first photographer for The New Yorker and also shot for other publications like the Harper Bazaar and Vogue. He was known to the world as a portrait fashion photographer but id do some more photojournalist work with political events such as the Berlin Wall.

He was very fascinated by faces and the story they told and the complexity with each one. His motto when taking photos was NO. No meant for no props, no background. He wanted his portraits to be simple by using a white backdrop. 

When he was younger he liked to collected well known peoples autographs. Its the same thing when photographs. He shot both medium and large format.

After he photographed his well know series he went back to the west and met up with a few of the people he photographed. (Another term for being photographed is sat in for)

Sometimes I think all my pictures are just pictures of me. My concern is... the human predicament; only what I consider the human predicament may simply be my own.
(a photograph is) The death of the moment.
Anything is an art if you do it at the level of an art.

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Famous Photographer #5

Robert Frank


He was born in 1924 and is still alive at the age of 93. He is a Swiss-American.

Robert is most known for his series called The Americans. The books was the most important photo series since ww2 because it showed what life was like and how people showed there love for the country. Before the book the Guggenheim had given Robert a grant to go cross country and documenting life.

His style of shooting was raw and wanted to capture peoples emotion. Just like I do the capturing a candid moment and letting people be people. Some of the people at the time did not like his style because of the blurry and not having things and people in focus all the time. He was also a freelancer for magazines such as Vouge.

He studies photography and design and you can see that with his photos such as the famous trolley shot. how you could cut the photo up into sections with the window frames. One of his influences was Walker Evans ( who I have made a post about). Film making was also something Robert did as well as still images going back and fourth. 

“Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.” 
“I am always looking outside, trying to say something that is true. But maybe nothing is really true. Except what’s out there. And what’s out there is constantly changing.”
“My photographs are not planned or composed in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on his mind, something has been accomplished.” 

Here is a link to the famous book

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CONEY ISLAND CIRCUS

This all started when I was in middle school in an after school program. My dad was friends with the people who were running it. They are a couple who started their own circus company called Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. I did that for a year and my sister as well. Jump to more recent time with photography and unicycle hockey. They knew who I was and they saw my photos and asked if I wanted to help them out by being there photographer. I photograph there after school programs and if they ever want photos of there performances or there learning program. I made a short post about them when I did my big wedding last year. A few weeks ago they asked me if I wanted to go to Cony Island with them and I have never been and I think it would be a fun experience and I can take photos of the city and an abandoned looking (because its still open during the summer) amusement park. So I posted this to me funny photo and caption on FB.

So the real reason why I went was to photograph a youth circus performance at a famous side show theater building. The kids who were in it were from other states and other parts of NY. It was cool to see some a contortionist because I have only seen one on TV. It was also cool to see kids doing something they like doing and have talent and skills at. I do recommend going to this place in person to see all the cool posters and all the cool things they have. This was also my farthest photoshoot I have been on. I did do BW and color of each to see the difference and see what I like more I did want to see how a whole collection looked in BW vs color.

Also I added something new to my Artist page.

Mom Dad I ran away and joining the circus.

Mom Dad I ran away and joining the circus.


These are just some of the photos I took yesterday.

Famous Photographer #4

Henri Cartier Bresson


He was born in 1908 and died in 2004. before he dies his family made a foundation to protect his photos in Paris. He was 95 when he passed away.

One of the pioneers of street photography and catching raw moments of life in front of him. He was one of the photographers work I have seen many ties looking at street photography. He also photographed in other countries besides France where he lived.

Being one of the co-founders of the worlds biggest photo agencies called Magnum. Magnum now has offices in some of the big cities around the world and is still run by photographers. 

Henri was one of the early users of the 35mm camera. He had a leica and mainly had a 50mm and if need be a 90mm lens. He also used a box brownie and a 3x4 camera when he was younger. 

His great grandfather was a painter, so you could say it was in his DNA to be an artists. He did try music but instead tried painting and sculpture. Also of his photographs look like it could be a painting because of his framing. He also did film making.

One thing that can be taken from when Henri did was he did his editing in camera. With cropping he would get closer to what he was focusing on.

"I adore shooting photographs," 
 "It's like being a hunter. But some hunters are vegetarians—which is my relationship to photography."
"if you have to correct it its the next picture" 
"life is once forever"  
"the question between a good picture and a mediocre picture is millimeters"
"its an expantion of the eye"

He has a famous photo book but its kinda expensive but there is another book thats affordable  Also there is a documentary as well and an interview  

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Famous Photographer #3

Walker Evans


Born in 1903 and died 1975 which would make him 71 years old when he passed away. He lived through the great depression and the first world war. 

He worked for organizations like FSA and magazines such as TIME. with his photos of American life and architecture. He did not want his photos being used for political reasons, he more wanted to document for historical reasons.  

He went to college for writing but decided to drop out and go to work and photograph. He worked in wall street as a clerk and took photos during his spare time. Since photography was not paying him well he needed to make a living some how.

Walker made friends with a writer named James Agee who both worked together to make a book about life in the farm land. When it first came out it was not very popular till after the war was over.

Most of walkers photos were taken with a Leica but his other cameras were Rolleiflex, 8x10 camera. later in his life he used a Polaroid SX-70. 


There are many books about his work, the most famous of his books

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Ghent NY

Ghent NY

Yesterday


This starts a week ago on Instagram. I was going through and looking at photos of Hudson and I came across a photo of an abandon building that someone was taking photos of. I commented on one of the photos "is there away you can take me up there" so me and the guy the is restoring started talking and yesterday we were both in town. He was showing his friends the building project and I tagged along taking photos. This was my first time going into an "abandon" building and my first Hudson rooftop. If you want to follow a long click here. It was crazy way to get to the roof top. First there was a ladder in a closet that had a tinny opening to the attic and a little bigger opening to get to the roof and the steps were steep. It was cool to see how they go about saving a building and what an old city building looks like. After that I went about my normal Hudson walk. I am learning that all you have to do is ask for things and sometimes things can happen, like this and also the airplane and helicopter rides that I have done. 

One of my artist friends who does street art kind of art had an opening in Chatham. He is the artist who did the treasure hunt this year. He goes by Scout Pines and you can follow him on Instagram. I knew a few people there and it was cool to see what he has been up to. The funny part about the opening was, since I don't drink alcohol they had ice tea just for me.  During his show I walked around town doing some long exposure night photography, something I have not done yet with my Sony A6000. so it was fun playing with that. 

Why #5

Would you rather fly in a plane or use a drone for 24 hours?

Easy plane over drone any day of the week. The reason I would pick flying around over using a drone is because with a plane you get to see whats coming a head and there are many ways to view. With a drone its only 1 view in the sky.


Do you ever talk to or meet with other photographers?

Yes I have is the short answer. I am in a group of local photographers, I have met some of the members and have had shows with them. I have also searched up local photographers in the area and met a few and talked shop as they say. I also have talked to and follow photographers on Instagram who do very good work. Speaking of Instagram I follow a bunch of cool local artists. 


How many photo have you taken?

That is a hard question to answer because over the years I have used many kinds of cameras. I have used many kinds of cameras from throw aways to DSLRs, it its very very hard to give an exact number lets just say 100,000's. Think of the sessions I have done, the trips, Hyper-lapeses and animations, walking around for fun. 

Famous Photographer #2

Annie Leibovitz


She is mostly known for her portraits but she does has has done photojournalism as you can see by the bike. She has gone to war torn areas and followed well known people such as Hillary Clinton. She has done more than just portraits and photojournalism. 

Rolling Stones was her first big job when they were starting out. Her BF at the time was the one who pushed her to go and be one of their first photographers. She stayed with them for a while and to this day she still shoots for big companies. 

When digital cameras first came out she did not really adapt to it. She still shot film because of the fact that things could still happen with files. But she did like how the upgrades were for the technical side of things. But today she does mostly shoot digital photography.

She is very creative with her portraits and telling the persons story in a single frame as you can see on the side. There are many famous portraits done by Annie that tell the persons story and or character. 

When She was shooting for magazines she would have a full page spread, so as she was taking photos she thought about the center fold and not to have her subjects right in the middle.

How Annie and I are similar is that we pretty much are not with out our cameras. Photography helped her get out in the world and talk to people. ( Photography has 100% gotten me out of being shy and staying inside). The saying "it does not matter what gear or tools you have its how you use them" is something she and I can agree with. Learning how to use is better than buying new tools. She was also very big into BW in her early work.( as you know I am a big fan of BW) We both like the candid moment more than a posed moment.

"It didn't matter the subject was. What mattered was photography."  
" The camera gave you a license to go out alone into the world with a purpose"
"The camera makes you forget you're there. It's not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much."
“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.” 

If you want to learn more about her. Here is her book and a documentary

A quick fun fact I almost met her in Hudson this year missed her by a few mins.

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Color Run 2017


I was personally asked to be a volunteer camera man at the first ever Chatham Color Run. I said yes and got the map of the run and a little about what was going to happen a few nights before the day of the race. I have never been to a color run but have seen many of photos and videos of what the event is. I was thinking about all the cool shots with the chalk I would be getting and the throw at the end. I do like to volunteer my time, thinking about what this could turn into and also network and build portfolio. My favorite fun raiser of the year is coming up and I will definitly be doing a blog post about it for sure. 

Why #4

What photographer inspires you?

I cant think of a single photographer that has inspired me because of the fact theres so many very good photographers out there dead or alive. There are photographer I like and look to for ideas thats why, I have a photo book collection that is growing. I like to look and study other photographers and learn what they did and get ideas from that. but I could not say "this photographer is my inspiration". 


What is the difference between taking a photo and taking a photograph?

To me a photo or picture and a snap shot can be put into 1 meaning which is that everyone takes a photo or picture or a snapchat but a person who understands how to use a camera and uses composition and artistic words like it, can make a photograph. On my Facebook and Instagram feed I have seen some great photos taken by friends. 


Have you had that photo or moment where you were like, "this is why I love photography"?

The simple answer is yes. I have had moments and photos where I am like wow look at that shot, on the back of the screen and when in post production. Like an example would be the lighting and firework shot. I was watching the lighting and photographing it and then out of the corner of my eye "look there fireworks" and then the shot came. So there are moments like that.