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The Adventure of a PhotographerCan photography lead to madness?
Today I am sharing with you a short story, "The Adventure of a photographer" by Italo Calvino, famous italian fiction writer and journalist (1923-85). It is only 6 pages long, you can read the whole text here: http://beauty.gmu.edu/AVT459/AVT459-001/Calvino.pdf
It is the story of the approach to photography, and then of the obsessive relationship between the (at first) nonphotographer Antonio Paraggi and photography's medium, purpose, and philosophy. Starting from annoyance, then a frequent use and then to a maniacal use of photography, overwhelmed by the disproportion between the immense potentialities of the medium and their possible practical uses.
I wanted to share it with you because it is food for thought for a photographer. I hope that someone will reach the end of this long journal and share with me his/her thoughts...
"When spring comes, the city's inhabitants, by the hundreds of thousands, g
Failography"It is important to take bad pictures" (Diane Arbus)
This is the beginning of an interesting book by Clément Chéroux, Fautographie : petite histoire de l'erreur photographique (I don't know if the book was translated in english, I couldn't find it on the net, but the title should sound like Failography: a brief history of the photographic error).
Amongst the biggest 'mistakers' of photography, the book mentions and comments the works of many famous photographers: Man Ray, Lisette Model, Lee Friedlander, Ugo Mulas, Andreé Kertész, Lartigue.
Many are the anecdotes and the interesting discoveries, for example the story of a big national contest in France, in 1991, entitled 'Fautographie' (fail photography), a contest that had a big success, with thousands of entries and famous editors and critics working on decoding the case of the photographic error.
According to Chéroux what is commonly considered a 'photographic
One day's waltzI recently visited an exhibition by Franco Carlisi, a selection of photos from his 'Il valzer di un giorno' (One day's waltz).
They were images from sicilian weddings, marginal notes to the celebrations, voice-overs, stolen instants, sometimes full of poetry, sometimes ironic, emotional surprises all of them. I think it was the first time I was not bored to death looking at wedding photographs
Here are some of the images. Today I celebrate my 13th wedding anniversary so the day seemed a good one to share this selection
Kisses: stolen, given, imaginedThis article is based on this italian article by Michele Smargiassi: http://smargiassi-michele.blogautore.repubblica.it/2013/09/04/baci-rubati-regalati-immaginati/
"In some way, a photo is like a stolen kiss. In fact a kiss is always stolen, even if the woman is consenting. With a photograph it’s the same: always stolen, and still slightly consenting" (Edouard Boubat).
photo by Edouard Boubat
photo by Edourard Boubat
"[Photography] can be like a passionate kiss, but also like a gunshot or a psychoanalyst’s couch" (Henri Cartier-Bresson).
A photographer is someone who kills the living...'A photographer is someone who kills the living and resuscitates the dead'
I came across this anecdote by Ferdinando Scianna (I do hope you know who he is, but if you don't http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL53ZX4A ) and I wanted to share it with you. The original article (in italian) is here: http://www.doppiozero.com/rubriche/32/201102/giacinto-scianna
When I told my father, who had the dream of me becoming an engineer or a doctor, that I wanted to be a photographer, he was petrified.
After a long, anguished silence he told me: 'A photographer? What kind of a job is it?' And he kept repeating 'What kind of job is it?'.
And then he added, mysteriously: 'One who kills the living and resuscitates the dead'.
I understood only after a long while that this sentence, of such a profound philosophical capacity, had a very precise historical and biographical origin.
When my father was a kid, there was in Ba
CastawayTranslating and sharing with you this beautiful italian article by Michele Smargiassi about Garry Winogrand. Source: http://smargiassi-michele.blogautore.repubblica.it/2013/06/07/il-naufrago-delle-immagini/
Big thanks to Pete :iconmangawhio: for the proofreading
At the time of his unfortunate early death in 1984 at age 56, Winogrand left behind in his studio in Tijuana 2,500 rolls of undeveloped film, 6,500 rolls of developed but not proofed exposures (not made into contact sheets), and contact sheets made from about 3,000 rolls.
What to do with this quantity of images, copyrighted but not authorized? Consider them as mere drafts, useful only to a philologist, or go through them hoping to find an unreleased masterpiece from one of the most destabilizing, unclassifiable, fascinating street photographers of our history?
FarewellThis journal is to remind (or inform ) you that my term as Street Photography Community Volunteer is over and that as for tomorrow I'll go back to my previous state of simple dA member.
This means that from now on you have to send your street photography DD suggestions to one of the admins that feature in all the categories http://help.deviantart.com/18/ .
Oh, this also means that from tomorrow if you piss me off I will send you to fuck off with no restraint for community core values of sort and I can finally block whoever insults me. I can't wait for it, actually .
Being a CV used up a lot of my time, and I hope to use the new free time to take photos, hang around, and for some other very much needed off-line activities
I've got ideas and plans.
And now the thank-you roundup. I am sorry to say that my opinion that street photographers mostly are arrogant self absorbed bitches has been confirmed during this year, but... thank goodness there are exceptions
Street DDs April 2014My term as CV is going to be over in 2 days so please don't send me DD suggestions anymore and forgive me if I couldn't feature the suggestions you sent me in the last few days.
Here is April's selection, I hope you enjoy it.
133 by felixlu
1974 by Pixelrender
Paint it black II by Jack070
Alexanderplatz VIII by iDie
Saint by Canankk
Exhausted by RobVinc
New IPHONE by aspire2draw
And then she said by EricForFriends
DIS-CONCERNING MOTHER by xACook
Approaching Geometry by DouglasHumphries
Pillars by boyrd
3 DSC9682uborka by dmitryzhkov
Fragile by e-l-a-n-i
Fearless by oToupeira
0-0 by DinoKose
Street DDs March 2014April will be my last month as Street Photography CV. I'll do my best to feature an image everyday, so if you still have some DD suggestion for me...hit my inbox before it is too late!
On april 4-5-6 I'll take part into a Street Photography exhibition in Rosignano, Italy, with my fellow italian street photographers :iconmirabellastefano: , :iconmariomencacci: , :iconstringoiu: , :icondinokose: and with the rest of SPontanea Street Photography collective http://www.spontanea.org
Wish us good luck! And should you be able to drop by, please do!
Here are the DDs of the past month:
You CAN Do It Too! Commissions, Exposure, and...
Do you feel like no one cares about your artwork? That no matter how hard you try, you'll never improve? Well, I've been there before.
A little less than a year ago, I didn't even have 100 watchers. It was tough trying to find commissions, even though I priced them around 10 - 100 an hour. Sure, I had some wonderful people supporting me (thank you very much for that!), but when I looked at the thousands of diehard fans the "popular" artists had, I felt kinda useless. It seemed like even a thousand watchers, or just being able to earn minimum wage was impossible. Sometimes I wanted to cry from all the effort I put in. I kept drawing and drawing but barely improving. I was frustrated and felt useless. But instead of giving up, I pushed myself even harder, and by God's grace it's starting to work out for me.
I now have over 16,000 amazing people encouraging me, and I know it's only a matter of tim
Avoid That dAramaAnyone who has been an internet user for a period of time should know that drama is one of the hallmarks of the absolutely wonderful technology that allows us to be connected 24/7. It's like glitter, one moment all you see is just a fleck of it then suddenly, it's everywhere. DeviantArt is chock full of massive amounts of it (drama, not glitter!) at any given time, so let's talk about what you need to know to avoid it (aaaand what to do if you find yourself in it)!
I just caused the argument because... I wanted to get more pageviews, I wanted to be popular, for the lulz, I was bored
I ALWAYS have to reply
If you think the interwebs is the only place you'll find people you don't agree with, I think it's time you spent a little more time away from your computer. First off, let me say that there's nothing inherently wrong about disagreeing with someone. Nothing at
Freelance Paychecks are RealA few weeks back while thinking about this journal, I came across a forum for paid photojournalism jobs. I left it some time later in complete shock. There I found posting after posting about jobs paying nothing, next to nothing, or promising payment and then paychecks never arriving in the mail. I sat there, closed the laptop lid, and thought for a long while.
I know I’m fortunate to be paid for what I do. A big part of this is because I specialize in something very few photographers are doing at a professional level. But what most people don’t realize is that even at this level a large percentage of my workload involves pay negotiations. There are contracts that took months of negotiation. Some took weeks, or a single week, or several days, or a flurry of emails or texts in just a few minutes.
Every single one of those initially low-balled me; offering me starting contracts at 10-20% of my regular rate. And despite publications th
Anime and Manga DD round up, July 2014:iconcinyu:
Features by cinyu
The Golden Yard by Naschi:Dear Old Memories - You ~ Youko: by Nacura-G
Karasutengu by ASingleGiraffeSV - hoshino-arashi by silvi-silvimemory f i s h by Gasara
Lia by OXMirukuBP: HBD JOHN by tooaya
Comm: sugarella by ikr:: y o u t h f u l. d a y s :: by hitogataDreamScape by muhoho-seijin
10.07.14 by Asa-tan[PFFK]Chapter III:Bloody Sun by laziesheavenA vampire never dies by Pemiin
RoF Signature Feature: Of Angels and Demons Vol. 2
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Momus Advby Toru-meow
CI Monthly Feature #24Hello dear members and watchers,
Another article featuring works from our CI members! This is a great opportunity to showcase your works to our +40k watchers and the whole community!
HOW CAN I GET FEATURED?
In the 15th of every month, we will post the feature poll. Just leave a thumbnail of one of your works on that poll and we will feature you in the 1st of next month. Make sure you comment before we close the poll. There's only 200 slots!
LUGGAGE FOR THE DANCER IN RED - 13-2014
the loner by korrox the ninth gate by Tom-Ripley
On the edge of the world by igorsev Contraposition by SplitEnsds On the edge of the world by igorsev
SUSA X6 by KizukiTamura unsustainable by chriseastmids SUSA X6 by KizukiTamura
Colibri' by martaraff Mgh IV - St. Georg in the Puddle by DpressedSoul Colibri' by martaraff
im garten IV by BuChWien PNEUMA by menervaTau im garten IV by BuChWien
A. by ValeriaVi at the window by JakezDaniel A. by ValeriaVi
A whiter shade of pale by Barnum60 life philosophy by tuminka
Streetside Stories: MonochromeAligopter by - DougNZ
by - dmitryzhkov
The Look Out by - PatrickMonnier
:: ghost town by - noahsamuelmosko
\-ooby - DinoKose
2by - Henzonlee
shemsby - arslanalp
The hand of the player by - mariomencacci
Childhoodby - IFedorovskaya
The Unseen Stock - July (ll)Model
Unicorn 01 by KittyTheCat-Stock Little Forest Fairy_4 by anastasiya-landa
Crimsonella stock 6 by charligal-stock Downward Glance by Danika-Stock Woodland Archer 4 by IthiliamStock Double Agent 03 by Null-Entity
Snow Scape 4 by Ardenstock Tree 09 by cemacStock Waterfall Black Forest Triberg by BVFoto Dry Hill2 by oddmountain
UMBERTO VERDOLIVAUMBERTO VERDOLIVA
Umberto Verdoliva was born in Castellammare, Naples, Italy, in 1961 and currently lives in Treviso. He holds a degree in Regional Planning and Urban Design and works for an international construction company.
Photography is his passion and he enjoys the way it can reflect his love for mankind simply by capturing moments of life. His passion for street photography is contagious and over time he has developed an elegant, ironic and sensitive style. His main objective with photography is to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, to highlight the poetry and the simple feeling of human endeavour.
Street Photographers is an international collective of photographers carrying on the long tradition of street photography. They capture un-posed moments, interpreting life around them and challenging our perceptions of the world.
The collective also aims to bring an appreciation of s
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Endorell-Taelos is very well known within the community for her selfless giving and gracious community spirit. Since joining DeviantART over seven years ago, Alicia has continued to make a positive impact on many deviants. Her helpful and thoughtful approach was one of her finest attributes when serving as a Community Volunteer, and this has continued throughout the many contests which Alicia provides on a regular basis. As we approach our Birthday celebrations, we can't... Read More