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An afternoon in Little Odessa

Take the B or Q line down to Brighton Beach, the southern end of Brooklyn, and spend a weekend afternoon watching Russians enjoy life in the American diaspora. The one block walk from the station to the beach shows already something is a little different here. Typically you don’t find this type model on American streets. Right at the entrance […]

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Chicago in Color

A random collection of images from the city of big shoulders. Calder’s Flamingo sculpture, right in the center of the loop, is a fun location for photography. Surrounded by the legacy of Mies van der Rohe’s architecture it stands out in bright red. The Chicago Air and Water show used to be a fun event. Now, with Covid keeping us […]

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Photographing color

Some preliminary thoughts on how to capture color or by extension light rather than using color to enhance an image. Many great photographers taught us how color can be put to good use in photography, too many to list them all right here. Far fewer photographers go out to capture light, or color for their own sake. This is hardly […]

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Seeing and Cubism

(Making a case for photo cubism aka joiners) Many times I witnessed photographers vehemently objecting to images like David Hockney’s famous “Pearlblossom HWY”, California Just to show how far such objections go, recently a portrait photography group on FB, a group with many professional photographers contributing, took down this portrait with no explanation offered. Tobias, Chicago 2013 It just so […]

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Deliberate Imperfection

Let me try to connect the work of Japanese Photographers from the 1950’s and 60’s to their aesthetic heritage and contrast their work from everything western tradition teaches us about photography and the ever elusive, perfect, prize winning shot.  If this blog makes you go out and experiment by giving up some of the control over the photographic process, then it […]

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Children in Photography

Did you ever take an honest and thoughtful look at how children, childhood and adolescence feature in photography. More personally how was your childhood captured in images what parts of your youth did your parents decide to capture and more importantly what didn’t they?  I believe there is a vast field stuck in cliche, constrained by social conventions, devoid of […]

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Going very wide

Some practical observations on very wide angle, in this case 24mm and 12m. My primary conclusion, it can be lot of fun. Change of view point A wide angle splits the image into immediate foreground and everything else. That everything else is simply far and in case of 12mm very very far away. Effectively there is no middle ground. There is what is […]

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Arts as inspiration

For inspiration visit an art collection If you ever feel in need of inspiration I recommend a trip to an art museum. Here is why: It is nice to see images larger than standard screen size. It is not photography so there is no immediate comparison. There is just so much more history. The degrees of freedom on an empty canvas are […]

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Deliberately Grotesque

How to capture excess? One answer, use  highly saturated colors, lots of motion blur and flash freeze the subject. To show how it works and to see if it works for you just browse my images from the 2015 Gay Pride Parade in Chicago.  How best to capture this cocktail made from heat, sweat, fun, testosterone, vanity, joy, rhythm, and finally hangover? Well, I decided […]