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    • I've always wondered about this. With all the photography I've done I feel like I see the world in different ways than people who haven't done it as a passion or job.

      For example, when photographing people the hands say so much. Are they clenched and to yourself, stiff and hanging by your side, or are they relaxed, placed softly upon someone's shoulder you care about?

      Anyway, WIRED did a whole thing on it with our friend Chris Burkard. Chris even used some of our SmugMug footage from the film we did of him photographing surfers in the Arctic.

      One disturbing conclusion: some people want their noses narrowed with plastic surgery because the wide angle phone lense they use for selfies makes their noses look wider.

    • Best quote on the difference between how an amateur photographer sees the world versus a professional like Chris Burkard.

      I’m hoping to luck into something whereas Chris found something and then found the best way to capture it.

      And yeah, the artic surfing video with Chris Burkard is just awesome:

    • I don't know about selfies and food pics as I rarely take them, but as a photographer I tend to see things as how they might be composed. I don't know if that explains it very well ...

      On a photowalk once I explained to a woman (who was there with her husband, the photographer) how I didn't see what was in front of me but the balance of what was in my view the light and shadows that we're cast, colors and how they all came together, for better or worse.

      Think of it less as looking at something, but rather looking at everything.

    • This question reminds me of a game I played with a friend of mine a couple years ago—we would text a work of art to each other every day that somehow communicated our current outlook/attitude (no commentary allowed). It was really interesting. My friend is much more familiar with all sorts of music, so he shared links to music performances more often than other art forms. I have a broader background in the visual arts, so most of my posts were visual. It was surprising to us how often the other’s post would elicit a specific art connection in our minds—we sometimes had short but powerful “conversations” consisting only of art pieces. Ha!


      I’d melt in your houses.
      I hide in blue shadows –
                        appearing only at night: 
                        a bride in a glittering veil,
      pale and shining
      as if lit from inside.
      You offer me a snowman:
      a frozen dummy
      with eyes of coal.
      But I want a husband
      with a heart in my bed,
      who’ll lie with me
      where the snow’s blown
      layer on layer like petals,
      drifting to sleep in a heat
      like hot sand, like ashes,
      the water in his blood
      turning to crystals of ice.

      © 2012, Vicki Feaver

    • Yep - it is interesting.
      Photography has been part of my income stream for almost 20 years. I was originally an old-school graphic artist and taught myself (film) photography so I didn't have to sit around and wait for the photog's to get their act together and capture what I needed for design and advertising gigs.
      Subsequently when I look through the lens I see what I am capturing as a component of a printed page or on a computer screen - even down to the typography and where the headline will sit - as I frame it up.
      I don't think there is a lot of art in what I do. I see it as a component of a commercial design solution - more the work of an artisan who is competent with his tools.

      The 'passion' part for me is in / about the integrity of the image as a part of a professional end result.

      I also appreciate that others' waters run somewhat deeper.

    • I probably have about forty framed pieces of my photography in my house. I rarely have guests so it is really just an affirmation of my own vision based from art influeces over the years. I prefer painted works for true inspiration but any photography that captures my eye is the one that uniquely captures that millisecond of time at that location, etc. Chris's stuff is awesome because he really goes off the beaten path and capture energy, light and that unique millisecond of time.