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Edward
March 2nd, 2007, 06:23 PM
It started as simple snapshots, images of the city. Buildings and skies, parks and bridges, years of pictures, thousands of files. New cameras with more pixels and heavier glass, but topics did not change much over the years.

Guided mostly by my own aesthetics, taking hundreds of shots to get that one nice photo. At some point realizing that photography became an important part of my life and perhaps a more methodical approach would be appropriate.

So now I am taking a course at the school at International Center of Photography. The name of the course is Developing Personal Vision. As the name implies, the goals are to understand who you are as a photographer, what are your strengths, what do you like to photograph, what is your vision.

And frankly this is not an easy task. As part of my work for this course, I want to expand on the topics that I usually photograph, and this is essentially the point of my posting.

I would like to hear your ideas and suggestions as to what could be interesting themes to photograph - places, events, people etc. Also, perhaps you have access to places that normally are out of reach of average Joe. I would be also interested in shooting portraits - let me know if you would model for me. And I would be interested in meeting with other photographers for a photoshoot.

Post here, or send a PM, or email me at webmaster@wirednewyork.com

BrooklynRider
March 2nd, 2007, 07:11 PM
I'd sit for a portrait (do I get a copy?).

The one thing I fascinating that is not being wholly documented is the painted billboards on walls of buildings that are (1) lost forever to demolition or (2) revealed on building walls after decades (due to demolition of adjacent buildings).

Now, back to my convalescing...

evil_synth
March 2nd, 2007, 07:48 PM
Maybe a you could use a theme of doorways or entrance ways into various building throughout the city. I'm sure there must be some interesting ones.

Schadenfrau
March 2nd, 2007, 09:34 PM
Which period of city architecture is your favorite, Edward?

Edward
March 3rd, 2007, 12:51 AM
Well, a lot of what I photographed before was related to architecture, so I am trying to broaden the scope of subjects I shoot.

Punzie
March 3rd, 2007, 02:51 AM
(1) Develop your film noir. Run your fave cinematic moments of Citizen Kane on DVD, freeze shots, and try replicating them.

(2) Hold a peculiar pet show: photos of people's iguanas, stingray fish, ferrets, dwarf goats, purple parrots, or just incredibly weird-looking cats and dogs.

(3) Go under water. Start with a fish tank or a bathtub, and if that works out, move to a small pond. In no time, you'll be buying scuba gear.

(4) Shoot an inanimate object or image moving. Make it move, if you have to; a fan or hose can produce interesting results.

(5) Shoot with a monochrome bias. Avoid the green Orion women, the purple people, and "somethin' blue," since they have been overdone; otherwise, the creative field is open.


Finally, if you have run out of girls to shoot, I'm always around.

NoyokA
March 3rd, 2007, 03:36 AM
How about people interacting with architecture. I know I was emotionally moved when I visited the Frank Gehry exhibit at the Guggenheim a couple of years ago and a slide presentation showed how people interacted with the bilbao, people sitting on the steps, watching the water reflection in the skin, exploring the grounds, just thoroughly engaged by the setting. There are a number of buildings that engage a captive audience in NYC, the Met for instance, people on the steps, people exploring the exhibits, people looking at the skyline from the roof. I would suggest the subject should be people interacting with architecture, your subject is not architecture itself or people itself, but the interaction.

ablarc
March 3rd, 2007, 08:31 AM
You're especially good at watercraft with skylines.

infoshare
March 3rd, 2007, 08:44 AM
Mabee somthing like AN urban three-part portrait? ONe the Architecture/building that a given person lives in,,,,,,, Two, the furnished/decorated room within that the person lives in ,,,,,,,,,,,,, Three, a portrait picture of the person sitting within that room/building.

Each photo being mounted/displayed seperatedly: but togethrer - Sort of a photo triptych!

This concept aint easy to explain, buy it think you get the general IDEA.

p.s. I have another suggesttion (many actually) that I will send later!

luciedove
March 3rd, 2007, 04:32 PM
We are the New York Bird Club and we hold fly days for parrots. We are looking for another space, but hope to get one soon. If you know any large gymnasiums with high ceilings in Manhattan, let us know. You are welcome to photograph us as soon as we get a space.

www.manhattanbirdclub.com (http://www.manhattanbirdclub.com)

BrooklynRider
March 4th, 2007, 12:22 PM
How about:

Illegally parked cars
Police sitting around or ding decidedly non-police work while on duty
Photographs of photographers shooting in NY
Ugly babies and ugly kids
Dogs and their masters (in NYC the juxtaposition is quite comical)

clubBR
March 4th, 2007, 08:42 PM
When I take a picture, either of people or buildings, I won't allow the picture to show anything but the purest form. No posing or "getting ready" for a picture. I dont think we are celebrities here to impress anyone. Catching a snapshot of someone or something in their most natural form is true beauty and true art.

infoshare
March 4th, 2007, 09:24 PM
When I take a picture, either of people or buildings, I won't allow the picture to show anything but the purest form.

Those words remind me of Alfred Steiglitz (http://www.artsmia.org/get-the-picture/stieglitz/index.html): of one my personal favorites.

ali2905
March 5th, 2007, 07:57 AM
edward,
take a picture of an emotion. capture the moment!...the joyful tear, the aggressive attack, anything that takes the viewer immediately into the moment....regardless of time!

when i was about six years old, my sister fell ill. after spending almost 18months in the children's hospital recovering, she returned home. i had grown distant from my mother and sister as i was angry with them for going away for so long. i didnt understand at the time how serious her ailment was.
the day they returened home, my uncle was visiting and we spent an hour studying his new digital camera. by the time my mother and sister returned, we had learned exactly how to capture a shot to the best ability of the camera.

my uncle stood behind me staring through the lens of his camera as my mother and sister came into the kitchen. overwhelmed by emotion - both joy and anger - i turned away from them, now facing my uncle and tears welled up in my eyes.
at that precise moment, my uncle took a photo. it wasnt until last summer, following my uncle's death that i saw the photo for the first time. i was then 19 years old and could scarcely remember the event.
i found the photo, and immediately i was reminded of the intense emotion i had felt. the photo is of a young girl in the foreground, teary-eyed turned away from her mother's re-uniting hug. Her father looks on in the background, tears rolling down his cheeks as he witnesses the split in his family taking physical form.

the emotion captured in the moment that photo was taken has not lost its effect. edward, capture the moment, see the faces and show the world the emotion which is around us every second of the day.

Alison O' Dwyer
Tipperary, Ireland.

p.s. there was a national photography competition that i entered the photo into just before christmas. the theme was "capturing emotion". needless to say, the photo won first prize.

lofter1
March 5th, 2007, 10:15 AM
Alison: Can you post the picture -- or a link to where we can see it?

Thanks ...

BrooklynRider
March 5th, 2007, 02:40 PM
That was a cool share, Allison. Thanks.

Gregory Tenenbaum
March 5th, 2007, 04:13 PM
(1) Develop your film noir. Run your fave cinematic moments of Citizen Kane on DVD, freeze shots, and try replicating them.

(2) Hold a peculiar pet show: photos of people's iguanas, stingray fish, ferrets, dwarf goats, purple parrots, or just incredibly weird-looking cats and dogs.

(3) Go under water. Start with a fish tank or a bathtub, and if that works out, move to a small pond. In no time, you'll be buying scuba gear.

(4) Shoot an inanimate object or image moving. Make it move, if you have to; a fan or hose can produce interesting results.

(5) Shoot with a monochrome bias. Avoid the green Orion women, the purple people, and "somethin' blue," since they have been overdone; otherwise, the creative field is open.


Finally, if you have run out of girls to shoot, I'm always around.

Didn't know that you were modelling these days Punz...

Anyhow, I might have just the thing...

Ninjahedge
March 6th, 2007, 09:57 AM
Edward, there is one thing that might be a little more difficult thing to capture.

I am trying to find a way to make it cohesive, but as other people have said there has been a lot of stuff lost in teh city, but also a lot of things gained.

One of the things that could be done is a dual study to try to see how the city has changed, and how it has stayed the same through different projects that have been done in the past 50 years or so.

Has teh city been defined by these, or were they defined by the city?

As an added extension, what effect did the people have on its design and construction, as well as its use after construction. What effect did the building have on them? What changed about the area, the "life" of NYC because of a new construction?

From little things such as the route people walk to work in the morning due to crowds, or their favorite coffee shop to larger things such as where they are working now or living now.

Start small, with something like SOHO, Midtown, or even Dumbo. Then expand to get the city as a whole....

Just a thought (or three...)

Edward
March 9th, 2007, 05:55 PM
I am planning to do some street photography tomorrow, perhaps around Union Square, most likely in the afternoon. I invite other photographers as well as forum members without cameras to meet and spend some time together.

I realize it's a short notice, I will arrange other meetings with more lead time. Anyone interested?

Gregory Tenenbaum
March 9th, 2007, 07:08 PM
I am planning to do some street photography tomorrow, perhaps around Union Square, most likely in the afternoon. I invite other photographers as well as forum members without cameras to meet and spend some time together.

I realize it's a short notice, I will arrange other meetings with more lead time. Anyone interested?

Edward it sounds great but I'm too far away at the moment. Are you bringing the 5D?

Someone put in an appearance for me. Heck, buy a Kodak B&W disposable and use it. I took one of my best ever photos using one. No kidding.

infoshare
March 9th, 2007, 08:15 PM
I will arrange other meetings with more lead time. Anyone interested?

Great! This week I purchaed a new camera (cannon A540) a big pixal/lens upgrade from my previous camera and am looking forward to taking it out for a test drive.

I can not do this weekend but I will definately join you on one of the future photo trips. Happy Snapping!

Punzie
March 9th, 2007, 10:24 PM
I will arrange other meetings with more lead time. Anyone interested?

Yes! I'm not free tomorrow, but with a some lead time I can usually make it. I only have an 'old' Cannon A95 and I'm a terrible photographer, but on the plus side, I only display pics that come out really nicely. No bad-photo torture sessions!

Also, I'm casual and goodnatured. If I were a dog, I'd be a... a... a breed of dog that's casual and goodnatured.

JCMAN320
March 10th, 2007, 01:05 AM
Edward I can make it bro. I'll meet up.

Punzie
March 11th, 2007, 01:04 PM
How did the street photography go yesterday?

Punzie
March 11th, 2007, 02:03 PM
Didn't know that you were modelling these days Punz...

Anyhow, I might have just the thing...
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/EWNY/Members/tenenbaum-shower.jpg

Look at what just surfaced!

Yes, Gregory, I'm still a model from time to time, but it appears as if you have already found one who meets your exact dimensions.http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/Smileys/Smile-Grin/grin.gif

Gregory Tenenbaum
March 11th, 2007, 03:47 PM
Exact dimensions...er...if I weren't wearing a mud mask. :eek: That machine is a beauty, a 1955 Crown Graphic made in New York. Usually, I have the Graflite flash with 5 inch reflector (it takes 1 shot only magnesium bulbs) attached. You know, Hollywood Press c. 1955 style. Weegee style.

How did it go yesterday? I guess Punz you really mean - show us some pictures!

Punzie
March 12th, 2007, 12:27 AM
Pictures - I'd love to see 'em. But I'd also like to know if photo shoots in NYC are a good venue for future WNY meetups.

Edward
March 12th, 2007, 12:47 AM
Street and people photography is more difficult than it seems. I have 3 pictures from that day on Flickr, in the People set (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudentas/sets/72157594581466853/detail/).

Punzie
March 12th, 2007, 07:33 AM
You captured the modern-day Berkeley look right on Union Square.

P.S. Coming from me, that's a compliment.

Punzie
May 30th, 2007, 06:30 AM
I wanted to show off New York's July 4th fireworks to WebErr, and amazingly enough, the only set of pics on found on this site are here (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=56724&postcount=63). Maybe a few photo shoots of this year's summer fireworks?

AmeriKenArtist
May 30th, 2007, 11:46 AM
Well Edward ...good luck! As you well know, you are in the midst of a million possibilities! I always enjoy your work (as well as ablarc and others here!) and look forward to seeing the parameters that find you. As a painter, I am always confronted with the "blank canvas" and realize that every choice in brush and color is a fork in the road. The possiblities are endless. Again, good luck and thanks for the enjoyment on this end! -Ken

Punzie
July 4th, 2007, 12:31 AM
I wanted to show off New York's July 4th fireworks to WebErr, and amazingly enough, the only set of pics on found on this site are here (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=56724&postcount=63). Maybe a few photo shoots of this year's summer fireworks?
Hey peeps- Edward took my suggestion!!!!!!!*

Here's something beautiful from his photo shoot:
Early celebration of 4th of July in Astoria Park, Queens. 29 June 2007. (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=173623&postcount=68)


*OK, he probably would have done it anyway, but a girl can dream.