As I am writing this blog, it is my sincere hope that all my readers are doing well during these challenging times. I am very grateful that my family and I have remained healthy through this pandemic. I am coping by staying home and viewing instructional videos on commercial photography and Photoshop. The Professional Photographers of America and Nikon have made all of their on-line courses available for free, and I am learning a lot. I am also spending time cleaning the house and working on my lawn.
I have lived through wage and price controls, malaise, stagflation and the oil crisis of the 1970s and the recession of the early 1980s. Then there was another bad recession in the early 1990s when many banks failed. More recently we had the “Great Recession” of 2008-09. Nothing in my experience compares to this terrible virus outbreak and shut down of all non-essential businesses. All my future photo assignments have been cancelled or postponed; however, I did receive some photography work that was unexpected. I was contacted by Realtors Debbie and Steve Temple http://www.steveanddebbietemple.com/ to photograph several of their new home listings in Hebron, CT. This is the only professional photography that I have done in April.
I haven’t photographed home interiors for many years, since most of my assignments recently have been corporate head shots, corporate events, industrial plants, products and Google virtual tours. I really enjoyed the challenge!
Of course, I adhered to all the social distancing guidelines while handling these assignments. I had forgotten how much I enjoy photographing homes. The challenge for me is not just showing the home exterior and the rooms in a beautiful way; but rather making photographs that gives you a feeling for what it is like to live in this home. Whenever possible I light up the background of the next room to draw the viewer's eye into the photo. I want to capture the lifestyle of the home in still photographs.
If you would like to view all of my home listing photos in Hebron, CT; the links are here:
The uncertainty of the future is what makes this pandemic so upsetting. The history of our country has shown us that Americans have endured many challenges from the American Revolution to the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War I and World War II. We have always learned from the experience and become stronger. Our country also has been very generous in helping other countries. I truly believe that we will overcome this challenge; it is just a matter of time. I also believe that the American dream of home ownership will always be with us.
Hang in there and Stay Healthy!
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Recently I was seeking inspiration from famous photographers. I did a Google search for “famous photographer quotes” and found a few that I would like to share.
“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality”
~ Alfred Stieglitz
The Steerage by Alfred Stieglitz
According to https://www.metmuseum.org, "Alfred Stieglitz returned to New York in 1890 determined to prove that photography was a medium as capable of artistic expression as painting or sculpture. His knowledge of this new kind of art is evident in photographs from these years such as The Steerage, in which the arrangement of shapes and tones belies his familiarity with Cubism, and From the Back Window—291, in which Stieglitz’s internalization of avant-garde art combines with his own expertise in extracting aesthetic meaning from the urban atmosphere."
I never aspired to be a photographic artist, but I have a high regard for photographers who use the medium to create fine art.
From the Back Window—291 by Alfred Stieglitz
“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.”
Cotton Mill Girl by Lewis Hine
Another photographer I admire greatly is Lewis Hine. He used his camera for social reform. His beautiful portrait work documenting children working in factories is credited with the passage of child labor laws in the United States. The power of the still photograph to effect positive change, continues to this day.
Almost everyone has seen the work of Ansel Adams. His black and white photography is stunning. He did most of his work with an 8X10 view camera to capture the most detail possible. He invented an exposure and developing technique he called the zone system. He was able to extend or contract the contrast range of his black and white negatives to make prints that utilized the entire range of the photographic paper. His account of taking the famous photograph: Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico is amazing. He viewed the scene driving along the road. He quickly set up his 8X10 camera on a tripod and took one photo. By the time he had taken the filmholder out of the camera, flipped it over to take another shot, the beautiful lighting was gone. Sometime a good photograph is a once in a lifetime opportunity. In my opinion, his quote sums up photography.
Mt. Williamson Sierra Nevada from Manznar California by Ansel Adams
(Lead image - Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico by Ansel Adams)
“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”
There are many times when I need inspiration, especially during the winter months when I am between photo assignments; and wonder when the next one will come. It can be an emotional roller coaster ride. Fortunately, I have been blessed to have chosen photography as a profession. Over the years, it has brought me much joy.
" When people ask me what equipment I use - I tell them my eyes".