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A DD and news releaseAssuredly first, I'd like to thank :iconstamatisgr: , who, recent scientific studies have revealed, was the best friend anywhere, ever, for suggesting this photo of mine as Daily Deviation. Huge thanks to :iconKaz-D: , whose dedication to dA matches her personal loveliness, for featuring it. And finally thank you to all my dA watchers and friends for the love, support, companionship, inspiration and fun during all this time.
This photo is part of a project titled 'City Limits'. I'd love you to take a look at it and give me some feedback. Here it is: http://spontanea.org/it/projects/city-limits.html-9
And here you can see the other projects on the seme theme, done by my fellow street photographers in SPontanea Collective. You will find also the projects by Stefano Mirabella :iconmirabellastefano: , Mario Mencacci :iconmariomencacci: , Emilio Barillaro :iconstringoiu: and Dino Jasarevic :iconDinokose: . You are not allowed to wr
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
Watercolour tutorialsAt Traditionalists, each month is dedicated to one traditional medium - July is for watercolour. Here's a collection of 32 very nice and well made watercolour tutorials and tips.
Everyone can contribute and post their own journals! How to take a part: simply send a note to Traditionalists and tell us what would you like to write about (or what art would you like to feature). We'll provide any needed help (including spell-check).
Watercolor paper Guide by jane-beata Watercolor Techniques by JoJo-Seames Watercoloring tips by dodostad
Nelson Mandela, Images Speak for The Silent VoiceWatch depthRADIUS
When image must speak for the silenced voice
Ruth is the Editor-In-Chief of MILK Books and PQ Blackwell Ltd., based in Auckland, New Zealand, publishers of Mandela: The Authorized Portrait—a photographic history of the great man. Ruth's heartfelt and insightful article represents the intersection of the artistic and the newsworthy. De
Batgirl's New Redesign has Lots of Fans (art)
DC just released images of Batgirl's new costume, and deviants have been creating fan art like crazy!
Deviant babsdraws is the artist behind Batgirl's stylishly cool reboot!
Enjoy 60+ pieces of fan art!
commission - Batgirl by marciotakara
Batgirl by Nicohitoride
BATGIRL by li-jean
Batgirl by muzzillustrations
Batgirl! by Tono-x-Tono
The New Batgirl by MattSimas
Batgirl by squeegool
Batgirl by GeorgeCaltsoudas
NEW Batgirl by Hodges-Art
Batgirl and Amazi-Girl by itswalky
New Batgirl by Y0KO
Batgirl by halwilliams
Batgirl 2014 by LucianoVecchio
New Batgirl by Robaato
Batgirl by bear65
Withdrawal by LAlight
Solitude by sodisenchanted . . . by sandrawiklander
no expressions by Aisleyne
Sunny day by AStoKo lilie by Bodghia
silent evenings by laura-makabresku
*** by Fatalv
Poppies by PassionAndTheCamera
The Unseen Stock - JulyModel
Dark by LadyAquariusStock Mucha Inspired - Midas 10 by HiddenYume-stock Culdalasse Laihendi Ranger 10 by PirateLotus-Stock Free Stock Photo by ElectricSorceress
September Sky 11 by adarkerpurpose-stock
Bottom of Waterfall Stock 2 by BeccaB-Stock-N-Art Waterfall 2 by AircatSkylion Red Rocks and Trees by dollieflesh-stock Snow Scape by Ardenstock Another Sunrise Stock by Cinnamoncandy-Stock
Ten Portrait Photography TipsPeople & Portrait Photography
Check your Angles
Avoid unflattering angles, don't frame your model with their arms or legs chopped off unless it works for the image. If in doubt, fully frame them and do the chopping afterwards in post-processing! Don't forget to check that the tops of their heads and their feet are in focus. Missing feet are disconcerting!
Be the Director
As the Photographer, most people will be looking to you for direction. There's no time to be shy when you're behind the camera! Keep calm to help your model remain relaxed but make sure they're not made to feel awkward if you lack giving instruction. Pose them well, avoid direct bright sunlight and check out your background.
Eye contact...or not
Eye contact isn't always necessary, in fact candid journalistic style photographs often work best. Your subject doesn't have to be looking directly at the camera for it to be a successful shoot, but yo
Lighting in Portrait PhotographyPeople and Portraits week
I'm writing this tutorial of sorts, for all of you portrait photographers out there seeking advice about the lighting in your photographs. First off let me be clear in saying that I am no expert, or rather I do not claim to be, I sometimes do things in unusual ways, and my tips and advice are definitely not the only ones you should follow. This journal is just me giving you my take on how to get great lighting for your shots
1. Never shoot when the sun is at its highest peak.
Depending on where you live and your climate, this might vary, but I usually never shoot between the hours of 12-4 unless I'm shooting indoors, or it's a cloudy day. If you're doing an outdoors shoot and the sun is blasting on your model, you are very unlikely to get good results. Not only will it be uncomfortable for your model, and make it difficult to pose with a natural expression (sun in your eyes, worst feeling in the world),
Feature Friday: Haikyuu!!
Haikyuu!! (ハイキュー!!), a manga and anime series that focuses around volleyball player Shoyo Hinata as he strives to become the best he can, has gained popularity both in and out of Japan since its manga debut in 2012, and more recently due to the anime adaptation that began airing in April 2014.
Deviants around the globe have taken to Hinata and his team, and have made a variety of incredible creations in homage to the series. Check out these deviations!
Haikyuu!! by Rui05
Haikyuu - Hinata Shouyou by Shumijin
King of the Court - HAIKYUU!! by vythefirst
Haikyuu- Tobe! by Gin-Uzumaki
Haikyuu! Karasuno Senpais by AmenoKitarou
Murder of Crows - HAIKYUU!! by vythefirst
How to tell a story through portraiturePeople & Portrait Photography
I'm sure many people will agree with me that the People & Portrait Galleries here on deviantART are often dominated by Expressive, Emotive and (depending on taste!) beautiful portraiture captures. Photographs capture a moment and can tell a story, but often these kind of shots are predominantly to showcase clothing, makeup, features or bodies. There is another level to Portraiture and knowing how to tell a story through your camera lens is one of the key elements of documenting a person
"It's not just about an image, it's about the person in that image, who they are, where they've been - what they're doing."
Here in the UK, particuarly in the Summer months, there's almost a daily opportunity to go out and capture a story. I recently wandered around an Art Exhibition and managed to snap a fair few artists at work. To tell someone's story without relying on emotion within their facial features and body language,
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
Nine TimesI saw him nine times.
The first time we were both sitting in the room together, getting ready to take the math test that would determine our placement. I was scatterbrained and throwing things around, trying to find the pencils that I had known I would need but had still just tossed in my purse. He was lounging backwards in his chair, looking for all the world as though he didn’t have a single care in the world, including the upcoming test. It annoyed me, that I was frantic and ready to scream, while someone else could be that relaxed.
I tested out of the class.
I don’t know if he did.
The second time I saw him, it was a few months after I arrived on campus. He was the one rushing and frantic this time, running across the square. He was probably late for class, though I had no way of knowing for sure. I was already lost in my own thoughts and ideas, deciding on my major and convincing people that yes, this is what I really want to do with my life. If they weren
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