Wherever I am, There’s always something that catches my eye as frame worthy, Using my smart-phone to capture these shots may be challenging at times since I’m limited to the phone’s wide-angle lens, But I love a good challenge, And after all, The best camera is the one you have at hand! I shot these beautiful sunflowers at “Hopewood”, My friend Jamie’s new concept B&B in Hollywood, California.
I guess Harvey was a baby too. This rubber rabbit is shown here with two celluloid children dolls from the 1920’s. Well, it’s not really Harvey but these two children celluloid dolls are real and are estimated to be from the 1920’s. I love these free hand, painted facial features, since it’s hand applied and had to be drawn fast, it may express anything from sweetness to shear horror.
Have you heard of Lytro? This new consumer camera is, In my view, the most dramatic innovation in photography, since adding a lens to the camera-obscura*. It’s the first one to capture a Light Field by measuring the amount of light traveling in every direction through every point in space and by that expanding dynamically the range of fucus. if you haven’t seen it yet, take a pick at the sample pictures in this link, on the linked page, click the area of the picture you’d like to focus on: http://lytro.com It is a true revolution.
This is not an ad nor a recommendation to buy this product, It doesn’t seem to be ready for the professional print market yet, and still, I would love to play with one.
I’ve asked myself for a long time, what is it, exactly, that I do – trying to focus on what it is and summarizing it in a single word. Let’s see; I’ve been a photographer for the last 25 years and I’ve been doing photo manipulation for myself and others for about 12 years. Through the last 10 years I’ve made many print designs for different fashion companies and, truly, there’s hardly anything I do professionally where I don’t combine at least some of the knowledge, practice, and techniques of all of the above.
Recently it struck me; I’m a phodigrapher, I create art using traditional knowledge, but also using everything the digital age was kind enough to give me. I combine optics with digital work and brush strokes. If Photography means rendering with light, then Phodigraphy must be rendering with light and technology..
I capture bits of reality and present them as I’d like to see them, not necessarily as they are. Be it a mountain, a piece of clothing, a leaf, a jewel, or a cloud. I believe my job is to make everything look better. The piece stays with the observer for a longer time because it makes them feel or think. I try to evoke emotions, shooting mostly simple things, with a special touch.
During my last show I noticed people inspecting my work closely. Some asked me, “How did you paint this?” My reply was, “Well, it’s actually a photograph.” This is why I invented the word for what I do: phodigraphs: I needed it to explain what I do.
I often hear people comparing a beautiful photograph to a painting and vice versa. Well, if that’s where I am, I’m home.
Though directing my subjects is a part of the job, I really find it rewarding to make myself “invisible” and try to catch people when they are not aware. when shooting people who are not professional models/actors, of all ages, I always battle to capture a “not obviously posed image”. I’m not a hunter but it seems to me that shooting like that may be the closest thing to hunting, I try to be a part of the scenery and be aware where my main subjects are at all times, so when an opportunity rises, I’ll notice it and be ready. here’s a sweet girl I shot, on her Tea party style birthday.
A while back I’ve found these old shoe forms near a closed down old shoemaker’s store. they waited for me in a little pile of stuff that was going to the trash. I had to take it to the studio and play with it. I decided to make two similar compositions that will have a different feel to them. here’s what I came up with.
I get annoyed when people see a picture of a pretty girl and automatically say: “eh, it’s all Photoshoped”, as if Photoshop is the long version of a four letter word, I say, thanks to Photoshop we can give the client a brilliant result without having to dip ourselves in chemicals under red lights (I do admit that the smell of a developer makes me a bit nostalgic still, but it’s because i don’t have to spend time with it anymore). Here is an image manipulation job I received from a Las Vegas client, where the shot she sent me looked nice but needed “something..”. on the right, is the before image. first, I cropped it just a bit to get Katie to be more dominant in the frame, the rest was mainly some perfecting of stubborn hair and a very careful dodge and burn process that is similar but a bit more precise than what I would be able to do in the dark room.