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Let’s Do MORE Questions and Answers – Episode 58

Well, it’s time for another round of Q&A. This time it falls to Rick to ask Rob and Tony a whole series of questions from Social Media use to what inspires us. We go a bit long and Rick tossed out the three-minute rule a couple of times but he was in charge so that’s allowed.

If you didn’t get to listen to the first set of questions, make sure you go back and listen to episode 57, too. It landed us in Stitcher Radio’s “Top Photography Podcasts“!

EJ Bellocq Questions and Answers

E.J Bellocq, 1912

Here’s what Rob and Tony gave answers to in this episode:

  1. Which social media outlet is having the greatest impact on photography?
  2. How would you describe your style of photography?
  3. What are your top three key factors that make a great photograph?
  4. What stifles your photographic vision?
  5. What inspires your photographic vision?
  6. Light or shadow?
  7. What was your first photograph (that wasn’t just a snapshot)?

And this little experiment winds down with our next episode when it’s Tony’s turn to drag answers out of us!

Our Artists

We travel to the South of the US and back in time to one of the early masters in photography, E.J. Bellocg. Particularly, we look at his set Storyville. Storyville was the legal red-light in New Orleans and this portrait series highlights several prostitutes. It’s a beautiful series that brings the women to life and gives them a place in history.

For our other artists, Tony keeps us in the South and offers up the one and only, Louis Armstrong. Really, even if you’re not into Jazz, Louis Armstrong is iconic and well-known. And loved.

So?

And, remember, we’re looking for your answers to the questions as well. Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

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People Change Their Behavior Around Cameras – Episode 55

Gotta start off with two quick notes: first, we apologize for this coming out a day late. Second, there were some technical issues with Skype when we recorded and, as you’ll hear, there are a few times throughout the show where the flow gets interrupted.

Okay, now on to the show.

It’s Tony’s turn to choose the topic and he comes up with something we hadn’t thought of before: how do peoples’ behavior change when they see  a camera? And have behaviors changed now that cameras (and smart phones, etc.) have become so commonplace in our society? Are people more guarded or more open? Are they hesitatnt about where those pictures may end up or do they care? Does it matter whether it’s a professional or an amateur who is taking the picture?

A lot of disagreement in today’s show and it makes for some good stuff. And make sure you tell us in the comments section whether you think you change your behavior when you see a camera. Or have you noticed a change in how people react over the past 5, 10, 20 years?

And should we have named this episode Babies and Bot Flies and Larvae, Oh My?

How do people's behavior change when in front of a cameraOur Artists

Our photographer is Ian Ruhter. Rob first learned of his work after watching the video, Silver and Light. You can also click on the picture to launch the video and it’s worthwhile watching. Ian not only is an accomplished photographer in his own right, but he makes his own wet plates and does all of his development; on plates much larger than we’re used to. In this age of digital photography and knowing we can make as many copies as we could ever need from the file, wet plate photography is awe-inspiring. There are no files, there are no negatives. The plate is the only copy of the photograph that exists. Not a lot of room for error and that makes Ian Ruhter a true artist.

Leonardo da Vinci is our “other” artist. Not much to say other than a true visionary who continues to influence our society to this day. The da Vinci Code may have made him a legend but Hudson Hawk balances that out. “Is looking like a constipated warthog a prerequisite for getting a job in the art world?”

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Hello? Jobs, Where Are You? Episode 51

Where Have All the Jobs Gone?

There are some among us who remember the good old days where you could be a full-time photographer and making some pretty serious money. But, in light of a variety of factors, it would seem that jobs are quickly disappearing. Or, at least, jobs that paid enough to live off of. Between everyone having a camera that’s capable of compensating for mediocre skills, money-making moves by newspapers to eliminate their photojournalists, to saturated markets, etc. are there jobs to be had?

Is a job in photography as much an antiquity as old cars?It may not be as bleak an outlook as a lot of people fear.

Today we talk about the the state of the wedding photography industry, photojournalism, fine art photography, and commercial photography. We’re not in complete agreement on everything but we certainly see some bright spots.

Here’s a tip to keeping, or finding, your photography career: learn video.

No artist or photographer today as we spent a lot of time on the topic.

And, please, leave us a comment! Are you looking for a job in the industry or are you trying to figure out how to keep it? We want to hear from you!

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My Work is So Great, So Great Is My Work – Episode 50

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!

 

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When Does the Artistic Outrank the Technical? Episode 46

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 »

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Chicago Sun-Times Fires Their Photography Staff

Chicago Sun-Times Makes Dumb Move

Chicago Sun-TimesAt least that’s how the headlines should read. Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times decided to fire all their photography staff. Now, they’ll be relying on their reporters taking pictures and video on company-issued iPhones. We have the pleasure of welcoming back Steven Chappell, A.K.A. The Grammar Nazi. Steven, if you recall, is a university professor teaching journalism and he has some excellent insight into why this was a huge boneheaded move. Continue reading »

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Fine Art Photography – Is It Still Viable?

Dear friends, you will notice three differences in today’s photography podcast:

  1. Rick is missing (he’s in Naw’lins) but we’ve got an amazing guest to fill his shoes.
  2. There’s no featured artist or photographer this week as our guest, on behalf of galleries, features all artists.
  3. 95% of the show features intelligence and well-articulated thoughts – because our guest spoke for 94.5% of the show! But don’t worry, bizarre behavior and poorly-formatted thoughts will return next episode! Continue reading »
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Is Software the New Barrier to Entry? PI41

The New Barrier to Entry?

We start off with Rick trying to dial back his (seemingly) hatred of the French but then he turns his attention to the Basque region of Spain. But, hey, he does an Irish friend. If you’re familiar with the other podcasts that Tony is involved in, you’ve gotta be shocked that he is the voice of reason and sanity on Polarizing Images!

And don’t forget the new segment! Send us the Continue reading »

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When Does (or Should) Your Photography Hobby Become a Profession?

Photography: You Ready to Go Pro?

Holy shit, this sucker is one long show. Two freaking hours! Anyway, this show is based on a question that Rick and I (Rob) get on a regular basis. It usually goes something like “I’ve been shooting for a while and  I get lots of positive comments on my photography and now I’d like to start charging. Am I ready?”

Ugh. Continue reading »

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Photography Today, Is It Killing Off the Dinosaurs? Part 2

Photography? No, really, we do talk about it eventually! As usual, the guys take the long way around to getting on topic as we have our usual discussion about what we’re drinking, why Rick will eventually play all seven dwarfs, whether Rob or Tony has the larger breasts and, well, you know by now…

Oh, and thanks to Mr. Sadie Breeze for preventing brain damage.

Photography, Dinosaurs, and When You Won’t Change

After the last episode’s emotional tirade about whether or not the photography industry still needs a traditional sales force, things come down in this second part. Instead, we talk about whether the film shooters and even the dSLR users today are being left behind by the advances of technology. Is there still a place for traditional print portraits? Is there still room for the fine artists? How about the RAW vs JPG argument: is that argument going to be irrelevant in the near future? And what about those guys who insist on only selling prints and not providing CDs? That’s an issue we need to deal with.

Let’s face it, photography is indeed changing and, as much as we want to believe differently, we don’t have the actual answers about what will still be viable five years from now. But one thing is clear – if you’re not going to be a visionary in photography then you’ll end up a dinosaur and, historically, we now how that ends.

Artists of the Fortnight

Dennis Hopper's photographyTony points us toward the amazing photography of Dennis Hopper. Sadly, Dennis is no longer with us but his work in photography remains with us. Rob believes that actors often make great photographers because they live their lives being creative. Regardless of why, Hopper himself has a body of work that is poignant and strong. Anybody who wants to get into the fine art side of portrait photography would do well to take a good long look at Dennis Hopper’s work.

For our artist, we look at the well-known Rembrandt. If there was ever a true Renaissance Man, Rembrandt was it. Schooled in math, science, art, literature and history, Rembrandt used that learning to develop a style of portraiture known for its sharpness and, of course, it’s lighting.

Don’t forget – Our Photography Book Review

Head on over to www.PolarizingImages.com now and take part in our book discussion, The Art of Photography!

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