I’m interested in creating images with a narrative that you can feel. Building emotion into my images makes the process very intuitive and extremely slow. The formal qualities of my work reflect the conceptual indulgence provided by art school, the polish I learnt assisting fashion photographers and the many hours I spend making pictures alone in the studio. In past years I have collaborated on projects with Future Classic Music, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and Oxfam/Cirque de Soleil. Daniel Shipp
How do you proceed to grow and develop as a fine art photographer? Basically, regular use of your camera with deliberate intent, while paying attention to the following, is what brings it about.
1. PURSUE THE GOAL
To make images that stir the viewer’s thinking and emotions.
2. DEVELOP YOUR “SEEING” SKILLS
It’s the first and most important skill that you need to learn.
Seeing Exercises. Set aside 45 minutes from time to time around your home, with your camera and a subject that has your sustained interest. Relax for a few minutes then start taking pictures. Study part of your subject for a moment or two, then re-focus on another part of your subject and study it for a while. Become aware of colors and shapes. See how many details you can find. Then note the following:
- Personal responses: Tune in to your feelings/thoughts as you locate the subject matter.
- Impression: Look at your chosen subject matter, or any part of it, and see it simply as a geometric shape or an arrangement of geometric shapes. Note the position where things look most graphically appealing.
- Expression: What does the subject matter seem to express in the way of sensation? Rough/smooth? Hot/cold? Sharp/dull? Hard/soft? Moving/still? What about emotion and mood? Love/hate? Joy/sadness? Anger/delight? Peace/turmoil? Tranquility/disturbance? Respond with your perceptions of sensation and emotion.
- Meaning: What ideas does the subject matter seem to suggest? Respond with your intellect.
- Subject Theme: In view of your personal responses, the graphic impression, what is expressed and seems to be said, decide upon a subject theme, the main idea/feeling you wish to convey to the picture viewer…………….. follow the link to read further
By Tom Jenkins, for CNN … Instagram’s fifth birthday party had a guest list stretching to 400 million. That’s how many monthly active users the photo-sharing app now has and almost half of them are under 25. In the triumvirate of social media (along with Facebook and Twitter), it’s definitely the cool one.
Much of the platform’s appeal lies in it simplicity, hence developers have changed very little since its inception. But with the introduction of sponsored posts it feel like Instagram is at something of a crossroads. Will it lose its idiosyncratic creative spirit or simply push on to the next level with a whole host of new features?
Only time will tell, but let’s get serious for a minute and forget the filtering fun and unobtainable constructed reality, and examine how Instagram really is changing the world.
Instagram is broadening our horizons as we seek ever more photogenic locations, while travel brands are commissioning popular Instagram photographers as part of their marketing approach.
Eelco Roos, who has shot for Travel Alberta, as well as brands such as Samsung and Ducati, quit his job as an IT Consultant for IBM and is now one of the most popular photographers on Instagram. “For travel brands, Instagram is more measurable than traditional media in terms of finding out what an audience thinks. I haven’t experienced hostility from ‘traditional’ photographers, but I do have to defend ways of photography other than the traditional ones sometimes.”
Instagram is also opening Western eyes to more inaccessible places, Iran for example, where Facebook and Twitter are banned, and accounts such as @everydayafricaare challenging preconceptions. Taylor Pemberton, a designer and creative director, left his home in New York earlier this year to pursue a nomadic lifestyle as a photographer. He eventually found himself in North Korea: “I had this hope that even though the tourism experience is sanctioned, my camera could see past the façade and bring forth the everyday nuances that exist in human life. I think a platform like Instagram is giving people a glimpse into other worlds, cultures, and topics. Like other forms of media, some Instagram accounts create more education than controversy, more conviction than humour.”
It’s also making us more adventurous with what we eat.
Without Instagram, there would be no food porn. As with fashion, this is where trends become reality and food writers such as Hemsley and Hemsley, whose super healthy dishes, with their rich and often bold colour palettes, seem almost tailor-made for the format, enjoy huge followings.
However, eating out (and in) has become such a documentable event that many people spend more time trying to get the perfect shot than enjoying the food. “Sometimes I wonder if guests are present at the table when they are obsessing about photographing everything they eat,” says Massimo Bottura, chef patron of Osteria Francescana, voted second best restaurant in the world. “One time a guest suggested I change the colour of the plates (from white to black) because he said the photographs would look better.”