Magnum Postcards

Dig. This.

http://postcardsfromamerica.tumblr.com/

 

Keep It Straight

(Insert illustration here [if I don’t]).

“The piano is a [mysogenistic aspersion]… you gotta get underneath her skirts to get to the truth.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJRjEpjd9S4&feature=relmfu

We all know what a “bebop head” is, right?

Regina’s Statement

I am not a street photographer. I am not a photographer. I am a little girl pointing her finger at things and saying “Look at that!”. Sometimes almost questioning, wanting to unravel the mysteries of life, sometimes admiring those mysteries so much I hope they will never be explained.

The camera helps me look with fresh eyes and enables me to show other people the world as I see it: a bit crazy, sometimes a bit hard, but always something beautiful hidden in there, too. The world is a wonderful place…

What happens outside the frame, or before or after the shutter opens and then quickly closes: If you were not there you will never know. A new context is created in which a story is told that is as much real as it is fantasy, as much hard as it is poetic, as much obvious as it is obscure.

My work is not surreal, it’s just reality itself that is so magical. Whether you’re standing on a mountain top or in your local super market, you can take pictures as straight forward as possible and the magic will still shine though…

See/read more of Regina van der Kloet’s work: http://www.burnmyeye.org/rvanderkloet/bio/#

Advice for the New Semester

School is the perfect situation in which to take chances: you won’t go to jail, you won’t go to hell, and you won’t get beat up for trying and not succeeding. You have people around you who care, who are interested, and are there to help.

Don’t think of this class as one which educates your mind; rather, it will sophisticate you, which is different. Sophistication is knowledge that’s acquired in the course of having a purpose. You know why you want the information at the moment that you put your hand on it. You’re not just storing it up for a rainy day. Aspects of sophistication: love and style, spirituality and street smarts. Street smarts? Shrewdness and toughness? To protect something soft that is going to be in danger if it’s exposed at the wrong time and place. To protect a soul. You’re learning about the course of art, the course of society, the course of the world, the course of your life.

Set up a personal timetable for the semester and understand it. Break the term into days, weeks, months. You’ll be surprised how little time there is to shoot. Do it at the earliest opportunity you can make for yourself.

Don’t put off working on projects late in the day or at night that demand a lot of creative thinking. Attack problems and creative thinking when you are fresh and rested. At the beginning of each day organize your thoughts; write them down, if that helps.

Always try to understand that you are your own best enemy. Be nice to yourself when you are tackling the unknown. Realize that you are going to fail a lot before you succeed. Allow time for this to happen. Creative work is not mechanical. It deals with your subconscious, your view of yourself and your emotions. If you’re at odds with your friends or family and you are depressed, don’t do creative work. Do mechanical, non-reasoning, unemotional work such as cleaning up or organizing. Don’t try to do more than is possible in the time you have available to you.

 

Everyone needs to get out more.

Photographs are made in the light.

Making new negatives releases endorphins.

Where you stand and where you put the edges makes clear your intention. The center takes care of itself.

The earlier in the photographic process one takes care of details, the easier everything is.

 

“If you suffer any sense of confusion in life, the best thing you can do is make little forms.” -Robert Frost

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace. Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”  -Charles Mingus

You can look all you want.

If you are an Illinois resident, the Art Institute of Chicago will admit you for no charge on weekdays through February 10.

You’re still home? Go there!

 

Let’s Don’t Fixate on Kodak

Tri-X (or do you know it as 400TX?) is beautiful stuff, and XTOL makes life simpler, but the corporate mentality went south long ago, and there is a history of dubious decisions and tenuous commitment to serious workers.

“The demand for traditional monochrome films and papers remains strong. With Agfa no longer in the black and white photographic market, and Kodak pulling out of manufacturing black and white papers the future of ILFORD PHOTO products looks good for years to come.”

http://www.ilfordphoto.com/aboutus/page.asp?n=23

What’s New in the WWoP?

Not much.