A few weeks have passed since I've posted adventure photos, not without lack of trying. I have images in my catalog ready to go, I just needed to post the ones I took today with two of my siblings Caroline and Chris. I always end up getting them to do some modeling for me, while my older brother isn't as into it... one day I'll get him in front of the camera, but until then enjoy these portraits in front of a hedge.
Alex and I went away, again. This time we went to the country, where we visited some familiar places. We celebrated five years together - which is ~technically~ the 29th of October, but I've just been celebrating all month, because why not? Most of the long weekend was spend unplugged, mostly because service was sparse, but we enjoyed this incredible weekend apple picking, making pie, and binge watching the beautiful series "Over the Garden Wall" sitting by the fire. Perfect. Weekend. Here are a few snaps.
A misty weekend in Nantucket inspired these photos. It was so nice to get away from the city and have some peace and quiet.
For 18 days my family, boyfriend, and I flew to Poland to visit family and celebrate my grandfather's eightieth birthday. Here are a few images from where my parents grew up, along with a weekend trip to Prague with my boyfriend.
So I splurged on an Fuji Instax camera while I was in Savannah, mostly because I was jealous my friend Kiara was taking such cute pics, as well as having a pack of film already, all ready to use. What could go wrong? My exposure. I love them, but I think I need to learn the nuances of the Savannah sun before I take instants there again! These are some snaps from the last two days.
I'm currently in Savannah, GA on spring break, and it is the most LOVELY time. After hectic work and school schedules, it's absolutely necessary to spend some time in a sleepy city, just biking around having a grand time with your best friend. Savannah is the type of city you say you wanna live in, but ultimately it's just the best vacation spot in the world where you can visit just enough to feel like a local. The way my body is wiired is to be addicted to a busy schedule to feel like you're actually living your life fully. Kiara and I rented bikes, which was so WORTH IT. We're biking everywhere from up and down town to Bonaventure Cemetery and all around. My butt hurts a lot though. Well, anyway, here are some pics! (iPhone only, others will come in a later post)
Here is where I'll write about New York in full. What I thought of each meeting, what lessons I learned that will stick with me, and how I grateful I am for the opportunity. For now it's just this post. I plan on expanding/editing this post in the future with more depth, but I still need a little time to put my thoughts together. You can check my past two posts for little overviews of the trip!
New York went by faster than I hoped, and I'm so sad it's over! We met photographers, editors, producers, and everyone in between. It was very eye opening. This trip overall helped me narrow down what I was interested in doing after graduation. A lot of people talked about moving straight to New York, which I definitely plan on doing. Another tip was money, obviously, and saving up. The last piece of advice I'll definitely hold to is to keep creating personal work. I found this trip an amazing experience. I recommend it to any fourth year ad photo kid.
As a class of about 20, most of the students in the Advertising Photo program are spending five days in New York to learn more about the different industries and inner workings of the photography world. We've finished day 1, and after a deep sleep, it's time to reflect.
I think the trip so far has been as expected. Lots of people, lots of free time, and I can already tell lots of money is going to be spent. (Just had to get that empanada.) We met with Anomoly, an ad agency, in the morning. Robin Broadbent we met in the afternoon. He had a great talk about how he became a photographer, and why he loves and hates it. He's a still life photographer, but the way he spoke about creating work that you're excited about can apply to any perspective, whether it be landscapes, peoples, fashion, sports, etc. It was inspiring, and even the time he spent looking at books really showed how much he cared!
The last place we went to is Chad Griffith's studio to meet with about ten different artists and talk to them about our work. It was intimidating at first, and sometimes I felt a little defensive, but ultimately it was good, even though I now feel unprepared, a little self-conscious, and a lot inspired. A lot of people said, "I wish I brought this.." or "I wish I didn't do that." My sister sent me this quote that made me feel a little better, "If you are not embarrassed nu the first version of your product, you've launched too late," by Reid Hoffman.
This Thanksgiving break was filled with food (so much food), family time, and family pictures. One of my favorite moments was when my little brother let me take photos of him. This never happens. With the limited amount of time I knew I had, I had to do it quick, before Chris gave me the silent nod and stroll off he does when he's done with a conversation.
Thats the funny thing about this picture. My little brother is quiet, stoic, and deadpan 99.9% of the time. Smiling in a picture, let alone in real life, is a rare event for my little brother. I'm just excited I caught this moment on camera, one of the highlights of my great weekend.
A few weekends ago, Alex came up to visit me at school to celebrate our four year anniversary. It happens to be two days before Halloween, and we dressed up. Here are some of my favorite moments.
Halloween weekend was one of the first weekends that was semi-relaxing since school and work started picking up. My boyfriend came up from New Jersey for our four year anniversary, where we went to Good Luck, our favorite restaurant up in Rochester (the burger will be the best thing you've ever eaten in your life.)
On Halloween, we spent the morning trying the famous Pour Coffee, where the barista made an adorable ghost in my latte. Needless to say, my day was made.
Later, I had people over for dinner and games before heading out for the night's parties. Alex and I dressed up as a 20's couple, me wearing a beaded dress, and Alex putting on a matching vest, pants, and hat. I took a bunch of Instax pictures from that night, including everyone's outfits, and I plan to scan and upload them for next week's blog post!
David Hilliard is a fine art photographer who uses single frame images to create panoramas with subtle shifts in viewpoint and focal plane. The way he sequences allow your eyes to be guided in a particular way.
"For years I have been actively documenting my life and the lives of those around me, recording events and attempting to create order in a sometimes chaotic world. While my photographs focus on the personal, the familiar and the simply ordinary, the work strikes a balance between autobiography and fiction. Within the photographs physical distance is often manipulated to represent emotional distance. The casual glances people share can take on a deeper significance, and what initially appears subjective and intimate is quite often a commentary on the larger contours of life."
I think so many people find Hilliard's work so interesting because he sets up each images that it can stand on it's own, whether its on purpose or not. He also puts a lot of himself into his work, whether it be literally or metaphorically. He stated in an interview for The Harvard Crimson that he thinks the photos became more about him when he took himself out. He found "surrogates" to act out this autobiographical moments. I think this allowed the images to become more relatable. They are about Hilliard and his experiences, but he also offers that ability to see someone else in the images.
As I was developing some film last week, I stumbled upon this shot I took last winter. I love the surprise you get from film. Since you can't see what the picture looks like until you get it developed days, weeks, or sometimes months later, its nice to look back on moments you may have temporarily forgotten. I'd forgotten I almost drove past this point, that I past a million times before, but stopped because the fog was just so beautiful in the early morning.
With the air getting colder and the mornings feeling crisper, it's almost too much of a struggle getting out of bed these days. What I learned from this photograph is that some of the most magical times happen before the sun is fully up, and you have to get up to enjoy them.
Here they are, some of my 35mm film scans from my weekend away from Rochester in Lake Placid. Like I said in my last post, I went away for three days to the mountains. All Saturday was spent on a 10 mile hike around and up the Algonquin Peak near Lake Placid. Our hike took us through the woods to Avalanche Lake, up the Algonquin peak's backside to the very top. The summit is the second highest in New York state, second to Mt Marcy, which you can see from the top. The summit is above the tree line, making is a spectacular view of all the surrounding peaks.
The back end of the trail was steep and rocky. Also, it had just rained, which main the terrain a little slippery. The entire hike was strenuous, and by the end I was happy to be done, but ultimately happy that I took the challenge.
10/10 would recommend.
This weekend, I spent it away from school, homework, and other responsibilities at the Adirondacks. The trip was spent hiking, laughing, and all around having a good time. The best part was taking all the pictures. Most of the photos I took were on film, and I can't wait to get them developed. Those pictures will definitely be featured in my next blog post!
Weekends away from life and distractions really puts you back in perspective. It lets you let go of the little things, that ultimately don't matter. Who cares that I'll be a little bit behind, that's not what I'll remember in five years. What I will remember, between the incredible views, sore legs, and junk food, are these moments this weekend,
Street kid turned photojournalist Mario Marcilau has an incredible story of how he turned from living on the streets of Maputo, Mozambique to holding his own gallery show twelve years later.
Macilau's father left when he was a child to look for work in South Africa, leaving Macilau to find a way to make money to feed his mother and sisters. He started by selling his mother's biscuits in town to minor criminality. His mother wanted to send him to school, but could not afford the tuition. Macilau still read books and did a lot of volunteering, which led him to learn english.
At age 14, he borrowed his friends camera. He started photographing the world around him, the people selling in town, his friends, everything. He build a darkroom in his mothers house to develop the black and white film. He was self-taught in everything he did, because it was very expensive to buy film and chemicals he couldn't afford photography classes.
Macilau got his very own camera at twenty-three. His friend received a Nikon FM2, a film camera, from relatives. Since he didn't know how to use it, he decided to sell it to Macilau. Mario had no money, so instead he traded the camera for a mobile phone Mario's mother gave him to help him find work. He has been shooting professionally since then.
Mario Macilau has a very inspiring story of using what you have to create great work. He didn't have the best, most expensive equipment, but still made beautiful photographs.