This post is a series of black and white images of boulders and rocks only. Clearly black and white is the obvious choice and with it texture becomes the dominant theme. Texture means detail and detail requires large size to be appreciated, which explains why I opted for large images even though I run the risk of making all flaws […]
A few days ago I came across the newly released photo book “Sam Shepard: New Mexico”. Much like many road pictures taken along route 66 most images where in black and white celebrating the vast landscapes of New Mexico. In general pop culture focuses on the barren landscape with its impoverished looking pueblos. Ansel Adams “Moon rise over Hernandez, New […]
So I had a prior post showing you the sugar coated, candy side of Chicago. Yes I plead guilty to this charge. To redeem myself I promise you, this post will be different. The photography style is inspired by the Japanese photo magazine “Provoke” (プロヴォーク) from the late 1960s. I suppose “Provoke” intended to use style in support of a […]
Chicago, due to its location, was and remains the industrial hub for the mid west. Accordingly there are many active and abandoned industrial sights to be found. Most industries have been pushed out of the city. In my time the meat packers were expelled to make place for gentrification just west of the loop. I am sure some developers pushed […]
Architecture is one of the most important legacies of Chicago. Walking through town you are treated to a history tour or you can just book a tour with the Chicago Architectual Society. Here are some samples of images I took in my almost ten years in Chicago. But don’t be mistaken, this is the glossy side of Chicago and we […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
(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 […]
What to do when the world is inundated with images of a subject you care to capture using photography.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The charm of night time photography in urban settings.