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We’re trying something new over the next few episodes and this starts it off. Instead of a “topic”, we’re each taking a turn and asking the other two a bunch of questions and giving each a maximum of three minutes per answer. So, in this episode, Rob has six questions that he asks Rick and Tony who, by the way, have no idea what the questions are. The questions run the gamut from personal opinion to industry predictions and the guys do a great job of thinking and answering on their feet.
And, as you listen to the very beginning of the questions, you’ll hear just how “in the dark” Rick and Tony are!
Here’s what Rick and Tony answer this episode:
- What are the three biggest mistakes you’ve made in the past with your photography?
- What are the three largest successes you’ve had in the past?
- If you could change one thing about your photography, what would it be?
- Where do you think photography will be in five years?
- What is the biggest thing to have happened in photography?
- Which artist is your biggest influence for your photography?
Next episode will be Rick’s turn to put Rob and Tony on the hot seat!
We’re back with both a photographer and an artist to highlight. The photographer for this show is Sandy Skoglund – a modern day surrealist who, unlike her earlier peers, manages to keep the subject matter lighthearted and bright. We all really like her work and it may have something to do with… SQUIRREL! Search her site, you’ll find the image we’re talking about.
Moving on, we look at Japanese painter Riusuke Fukahori. He paints goldfish but they’re three-dimensional and painted on/with resin and inside of traditional Japanese containers. The results are breathtaking – make sure you watch the short video.
Whaddya think? Were their answers good, bad, or irrelevant? Let us know in the comments, okay? Thanks for listening.
We’ve been on a pretty good tear, lately. Awesome topics and disagreements among the hosts. Some of our best shows ever! And, we think, today is no exception. Rick is the one behind tonight’s topic and he asks a simple question: will (or when) will 3D photography become common? And we get off onto a discussion about what’s causing the delay in the adoption of it. Is it the lack of technology? The lack of standards? The cost? The inability to use 3D filming to enhance the story instead of being the story? The fact that the porn industry hasn’t adopted it yet?
For over a century, we’ve understood how the mind process visual information to create the 3D effect. But the technologies that have been used to create it or to consume it has changed. But we still have to have some sort of gear in order to “see” it. Whether it’s paper glasses with the red and green lenses, lenticular lenses, etc., we still have to wear something or use a bulky piece of gear to experience 3D. But, possibly, we may have the answer in Google Glass. Sure, you’re going to look like a complete frickin’ dork wearing them, but if they can create a 3D HUD (heads up display), we may finally have a practical piece of 3D equipment that can get us past the tipping point of acceptance. As for being fashionable, if we as a culture accepted polyester leisure suits as fashionable, Google Glass stands a good chance of being considered chic.
What do you think? What would it take for you to fully embrace 3D photography? Does it need to be cheaper? Does it need to have a real purpose to it? Or do you care at all? Let us know in the comments section below, will ya?
Our artist for today is James Cameron. Dude does some crazy stuff, including epic movies like Avatar (designed for 3D, BTW). But it still gets us back to the idea that 3D photography is still about the effect and not the image. Until then, it’s pretty pointless.
Oh, and Celine Dion is the Justin Beaver of Canada (yes, we know it’s Bieber, so you have to listen to get the joke).
We took a different path today and decided to look at our own work. After two years (almost) of the podcast, we thought,”what the hell” and talked about the work we have done, where we have come from, and where we think we are going.
It gets a little sugary and supportive – certainly a departure from other podcasts – but we’ll be back next time with our normal crap. But this is a really decent show and gave all three of us an opportunity to look the other guys’ work and talk about it. You can definitely see a progression in the work we’ve done and the artistic vision that we’ve developed since starting Polarizing Images back in September 2011.
Take a look at the stuff below and let us know what you think. C’mon, leave us a comment – you know you want to!
The Work of Others (Our Artists)
Lewis Hine is our photographer of the fortnight. His work for the National Child Labor Committee changed the way the US looked at the use of child labor. He has some of the most iconic works of America’s industrial age. Except, like Rob discovered, some of his most well-known work isn’t actually his. ^#%&# Internet!
FREEBIRD! Yup, Lynyrd Skynyrd (the original group) is our artist. What do we have to say about them? Listen the show, then, dammit!
We started off really well. No, really we did.
Then it happened. And we’d like to apologize to, well, pretty much everyone: You’ve been listening to Polarizing Images and you guys just…
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Artistic? You want artistic? How about Rob opening with the last line of Happy Birthday for Rick’s special day. Although, once you’ve had as many birthdays as Rick has, they’re no longer very special.
Artistic Versus Technical
We’ve had similar conversations before: what’s more important, how do we balance the two, etc. But in tonight’s episode, Continue reading
Why the Hell is Photoshop So Controversial?
Photoshop: it’s a tool that, for some incredibly stupid reason, seems to be controversial. Some people love it, others hate, but the smart people know that it is just that – a tool to achieve and end-result. But what got us going this week was a comment from someone on Facebook regarding a photograph they had seen, “…wow, is it real or PS?”
C’mon, really? Just because a photograph has been through the Photoshop cycle, it ceases to be real? But that got us thinking – what does it really mean for a photograph to be “real”? Too many people confuse “real” with “realism”. Are Picasso’s works not “real” paintings because they don’t depict realistic subjects? You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who would take such a position. So why do we say that about photography and Photoshop? If I create a shallow depth of field through a lens choice that’s okay but if I add blur in Photoshop, then it’s not a real photograph? If I make a bride’s teeth whiter than they really are or, more to the point, than they appear because we’re under incandescent lighting, that’s not a real photograph but if the bride had her teeth whitened by a dentist, that’s okay?
This whole concept of post-production, regardless of the tool that’s used, has to stop. As long as the photographer/artist is trying to achieve an image that they see in their mind’s eye, why the hell should we care – or judge – how it was achieved? And we’re not even touching on the differences between using Photoshop to manually alter an image versus allowing a camera to do it outside of our control!
So, to all of you who believe that Photoshop renders a photograph “fake”, it’s time to allow your photography and creative vision to mature a bit.
What about photography before there was Photoshop? Today’s photographer is Kansuke Yamamoto (1914-1987), an early surrealist photographer from Japan. His work included several pieces on film that, today, we would accomplish with Photoshop or other digital imaging tools but, as a film photographer, Yamamoto did his post-production in the darkroom. Are these “real” photographs?
What happens when you let Tony choose the artist? You get a musician! Today we have Captain Beefheart. As long as we’re talking about art being real without requiring realism, the good captain is actually an excellent choice for an artist who inspires. Especially in the realm of surrealism. Let’s let Captain Beefheart have the last laugh today:
[pullquote]“It makes me itch to think of myself as Captain Beefheart. I don’t even have a boat.”[/pullquote]