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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I is for Imagination

Today in the ABCs of photography: 



I is for Imagination

Imagination (ih-maj-uh-ney-shuh n): forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses.

Today, I'd like to talk a little bit about really using your imagination while shooting. There are just about a million things you can do or shoot to set yourself apart from every other photographer out there, from creative lighting to technique. Much of what made some of the world's most famous photographers, famous, is the way in which they defined themselves, through style, philosophy, equipment, etc. In other words, they used their imagination. 

Let's take a looks as some of these visionaries:

Victoria Will

Victoria is a friend of the store, and you may have seen our recent blog post about her photographs that she shot while at last year's Sundance Film Festival. Any photographer can show up to a star-studded event like that and get some decent shots, but Victoria did things a little differently. She showed up with a 4x5 camera and shot tintypes. The results were absolutely stunning! From the expression on each face to the light to the texture of the photograph itself, everything was so unique about this body of work that she has gained recognition from all over the world for her tintypes. 

P.S. Victoria Will will be at Foto Care on June 24th, 2014 for an artist talk, "Portraits Under Pressure" during which she'll be talking about how to get a great portrait when there isn't a whole lot of time to do so. Register here.


Elle Fanning and Glenn Close © Victoria Will
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Lee Friedlander:

Lee Friedlander is truly one of Foto Care's best friends, stopping in to visit all the time. Forget the selfie, Lee broke all the rules with his self-portraiture throughout the years. Aside from his stark and intriguing street photography, Lee gained notoriety for his exploration of what a self-portrait could be, from window and mirror reflections, to just a shadow invading the scene. 


“Friedlander, though, in a manner that was fast becoming a hallmark of his work, went after the idea like a dog for a bone, encouraging his surrogate self to behave like a character with a mindlessness of his ownHis shadow became the protagonist of mini dramas of the street; or sometimes it was just the dopey bystander, or the nosy jerk who cant resist poking his head into things. Friedlander’s reflection, too, offered a wealth of opportunities for comic self-deprecation. Many of these picture are like in-jokes at a photographer’s convention, send-ups of the trials and tribulations of the trade.” 
Peter Galassi on Lee Friedlander: Self Portraits (source)

Self Portrait © Lee Friedlander
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Another friend of Foto Care, Scott Schuman , better known as the Sartorialist, has redefined street style photography by mixing in striking portraiture with fun and funky fashion through the streets of all the major fashion capitals of the world. From Milan to Paris, London to New York City, he's built a massive following by really showcasing what all of the style savvy fashionistas are wearing around the globe. 


On the Street...Eva, Milan © Scott Schuman

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Each of these photographers took a chance, used his/her imagination, and made a name for him/herself, and that's really the takeaway point here. Try a new photographic process, pick up a new camera system, shoot something you've never shot before or, better yet, shoot something no one else has shot before! There is more to photography than just images.