As a long term personal project, I plan to compile a series of images based around the experience that I have with members of my family as individuals and in group settings. If for nothing more than personal reflection, this project will chronicle a number of years as yet to be determined, in hopes of capturing my honest visual opinion of who is around me and the time we are spending together.
By combining images of people and our surroundings, I hope to give the viewer a more intimate look into how I view my life.
The following images are from time spent in northern Calif., during mid-April. These photographs follow a rough chronological time line, likely to be altered as the years go on.
Change is one of those inevitable forces that is difficult to fight against. Rough currents are not escaped by swimming against them, but by utilizing the speed and motion we can end up in places we hadn’t known exist.
Like water, our lives grow stale when there is no current. Certainly change can be a terrifying thing, but scared or not we all dive in head first every second of every day. There is not a moment that does not consist of change. The same is most certainly true of photography.
As days turn in to years, technology and demands become menacing and foreign. As large as these changes seem, they are but undertakings for those of us who wish to conquer them. Each day is a new opportunity to learn something that will help us in our conquest of photography.
Today I had the great pleasure of speaking with Michael Stern, who runs buildabetterphotograph.com. Michael had lots to say about the things that I have been up to in the past month or so, some of which actually stuck, other parts needed more salt to go down. Seeing as he has been in this business for 30 years I always value the mans opinion. That, and I’ve been in New York for the past 3 years so it was good to see him again.
It has been this returning from New York that has put a governor on my search for gainful opportunities here in Los Angeles. In NY I was hammered with the idea that I should begin down the path that will lead me to the destination I want as soon as I can. It would seem that that is not as simple as perhaps my older counterparts would like me to imagine. There has been lots of change.
So much in fact, that in order to continue freelance work, we must not limit ourselves from learning what we can, nor should we downplay the talents that we have gathered. I would love to work on documentary photography alone, but that is not realistic. What has changed, is the need to use all the industry relevant skills we can to keep ourselves in the game. We must adapt, adapt or die.
In the very true words of Bruce Lee – Be like water.
Firstly, I would like to congratulate my colleague Shaun Kelly on completing the first Issue of Strant Magazine (http://strantmag.com/), which I have eagerly awaited.
I can’t wait to get my hands on a real copy, the preview eludes to hard work and brilliant aesthetics.
Print can’t die, but it can change. As the internet age wears on, as our tables and smart phones get better and better, we are awarded with more options for media. There are those of us who will relentless make use of our technology, and those who yearn for what we know.
New ways of distributing and printing are available, and that makes it cheaper and easier to maintain quality publications.
Another new photo-magazine has emerged, focusing on the Southeast region of the United States. Nancy McCrary has taken this new route to publishing while utilizing the internet to feel around the market and test the waters in order to produce South x Southeast (http://www.sxsemagazine.com/).
The markets may be more specialized, the niches might be numerous and particular, but that all smells like opportunity to me.
You can read a nice interview from Le Lettre de la Photographie about SxSE and where it is going.
Folks, here it is. After two weeks I managed to build this site up from scratch. A new era, and a new skill to add to those I have attained. Check it out and enjoy! http://dominictakephoto.com/index.html
In preparation for the upcoming Pano Awards, I spent yesterday evening shooting at the mostly-deserted Coney Island where all the shops are closed and the vista is calming. Not the usual scene for Coney but one worth seeing, especially if you’ve been there during the summer when it’s so crowded it’s hard to get around the boardwalk. Dilapidated urban environments are some of my favorite shooting scenes and even th0ught Coney isn’t that run down something about all those metal gates and chain link fences makes you think that no one has visited in decades.