EDWARD CURTIS

Edward Sheriff Curtis (February 16, 1868 – October 19, 1952) was an American  photographer who dedicated his life to photographing native Americans. As the race for land and expansion pushed across America, Curtis went on a mission to photograph as much of native life and customs before they disappeared forever. READ MORE>>

INSPIRATION: SAUL LEITER

While researching and looking for inspiration for part 3 of the course, ‘Color’, I came across the work of artist and photographer, Saul Leiter. He had a strong appreciation for color, and the mix of his artistic bent and photographic skill produced some great photography. READ MORE>>>

THE COAT

This photo was taken in a cafe in the town of Gorey, county  Wicklow, Ireland. It was’t a greasy spoon nor a 5 star joint…somewhere in between, a time capsule, the sort you can only find in rural Irish towns. Or so it seems… READ MORE>>

FIRST REFLECTIONS

Having done some of the exercises and read parts of the course textbooks / recommended reading, I find myself reflecting on the way I take photographs, the habits I have formed, what I am good at, what needs to be improved. A few things come immediately to mind ( there will be more, I’m sure, as the course progresses…):  READ MORE–>

FOCUS

I have been doing the Focus exercises and this urged me to look at all my lenses and try them out at different apertures and speeds etc. I love my Canon 50 mm f/1.8 lens especially wide open. I also experimented with some old M42 lenses and these gave me some surprising results-especially the ‘bokeh’-(TIP- search for these lenses as they are quite cheap, good quality and have some lovely contrast and ‘bokeh’) I will post some photos over the weekend.

THOUGHTS ON THE COURSE

BACK TO BASICS
Have started reading the course material. It feels very much like going back to basics, and in some cases doing basic things that I have skimmed over in the past, or to be honest, never did at all!

I have begun to examine some of the ‘habits’ I picked up over the years. For example, I have never really ‘planned’ my photographs, just followed my instinct, sometimes it paid off, got lucky, sometimes I had serendipitous discoveries, but in general my true progress was slow.

Slowing down, reflecting and planning my shots is introducing a discipline that I hope will pay dividends. Back in the day, when there were only analog cameras-well, you can only respect the level of craftsmanship. I’m looking forward to taking complete control of my camera, while at the same time applying new techniques and concepts that hopefully, with practice, will come second nature the moment I click the shutter.