Last week when out for a few beers with Travis, Bob, and Stuart, the subject of iPhoneography came up. There are a wide range of views out there about where and how that fits into photography in general. The four of us kicked that around further. I’ve been using my iPhone’s camera off and on for a few years, but never as a substitute for the dSLR I normally carry. I snapped the above candid photo along with a handful of others using my iPhone on a BART trek to Pleasanton yesterday, and overall was happy with the results.
Relatedly, a week ago Travis Jensen and I returned from a six day 1,600 mile photo road trip across Nevada’s desert – heading east on Highway 80, and returning on Highway 50, also called America’s Loneliest Road. Not surprisingly, over each day’s driving and exploration, there were just a couple of hours in the late afternoon with decent light. That’s ignoring the early morning hours, better used for sleeping from staying out too late the previous night. During the day, at Travis’ suggestion, I shot most harsh light photos with my iPhone and was pleased with the results. My iPhone turned out being a great tool for daytime desert shooting, in some of the harshest light I’ve ever encountered.
That’s Ayelet. I met and photographed her in downtown Oakland while attending a friend’s exhibition a few weeks ago. She and her friends like her photo a lot, so I’m happy as a result! Here’s another street portrait I took a few minutes earlier and posted to Citysnaps…
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, come on down to the Tenderloin USA launch party tonight and experience an evening of brotographic nirvana at its finest!
Travis and I will have fifteen 20×30″ journal prints on the wall and we’ll be serving refreshments to keep the evening going. There will also be copies of Tenderloin USA Photo Journal for checking out and purchase if you haven’t yet looked at one. As of this morning we’ve raised $2,218 for Larkin Street Youth Services and I have to say that feels great!
It’s all happening tonight, Wednesday, August 10th, at Ever Gold Gallery. Ever Gold is at 441 O’Farrell Street in San Francisco. We’re really stoked about the upcoming evening and looking forward to seeing you there!
Travis and I are getting things ready for next week’s Tenderloin USA launch party. There’s been a ton of stuff to do but we’re getting there. Hope you can make it, we’re expecting a lot of people.
The event will be held at EVER GOLD Gallery, 441 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, Wednesday, August 10th, from 6 to 10pm. If you’re in the Bay Area, please plan to stop by and say hello!
There are a lot of Bruce Gilden videos available on YouTube. Most show the Magnum photographer working the streets of New York City in his element, snapping strangers with an off-camera flash as he walks by. It’s a style that’s distinctively his and one that many people and photographers find controversial. It seems most most love it or hate it, with little ground in-between.
The Gilden video above is a little different. What I found interesting about it were his views about photographs and photography. Here are some of the gems, paraphrased, I found most thought provoking:
- Work close. It’s worse to be across the street with a long lens and being a spy or sneaky. If it’s not good enough, you’re not close enough.
- Photographs have to be well composed and framed well.
- He doesn’t like images that are very clean and have no soul. Photos need to have emotion and soul.
- Photos should not reveal everything to the viewer. A good photo is where the viewer looks at the image and makes up his own story.
- Black borders keep the energy within the photo
- Go on your own and develop your own style. It takes a few years to do that, but then you can call it your own.
About a week ago, Travis and I hooked up with San Francisco Chronicle writer David Wagner for lunch at Little Henry’s restaurant on Larkin Street for an interview about our Tenderloin USA project. We figured the story would end up as a small piece somewhere in the paper’s Datebook section, but come Saturday morning were shocked to discover it made the cover – and the story was substantial! Check out the online version here.
Pictured above are Ashley, her dog Diamond, and Kenny, holding up the paper for the shot. They live in a building near Geary and Hyde along with a handful of other individuals we’ve photographed in the past, two of which are featured in our journal.
We’re now halfway past our goal of selling 300 journals and are stoked about the money we’re raising for Larkin Street Youth Services. To review or purchase Tenderloin USA Photo Journal, please click here.
Also, we’ll be having an official launch party for Tenderloin USA on Wednesday, August 10, from 6-10pm at Ever Gold Gallery, located at 441 O’Farrell St (between Taylor and Jones). Will post a flier soon. Please stop by if you’re in the area!