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Legacy, Photography, and Va… WHAT? Episode 63

A Legacy of Images

Legacy? We have a legacy?

In tonight’s show, we get off to a weird and dark start (lots of swearing, WARNING) with the introduction and pwncasting  (that’s where we sucker some unsuspecting person who innocently logged into Skype into joining us) of “The Nuge”! Thanks man, that was fun. BTW, the rest of the pre-show banter was recorded and is at the end of the show.

After that we settle into our normal routine and Tony asks us about what we think our legacy will be and, perhaps, what it already is. How about you? What do you see your photographic legacy being? Do you even think you’ll have one? Let us know in the comments below what your thoughts are. We’d love to have the conversation!

So, we’re also dropping the “featured artist and photographer” segment. It’s run its course and we found ourselves struggling to choose one each episode, so it’s kind of hard to say you find someone’s work “inspirational” when you only learned about them 20 minutes earlier. We hope you don’t mind.

Finally, we’re looking for input. We’re coming up on our three year anniversary (can you believe it) and the format needs to evolve more than just change. We’re thinking of adding more chatter about our hobbies and what we’re doing in the rest of our lives in addition. Don’t worry, we’ll still have a main topic for each show but the three of us aren’t feeling like we’re properly engaging you. We’re open to new thoughts and ideas so please give us some feedback of the kinds of shows you have liked, the types of episodes you don’t, and anything else you think would add to the show’s experience.

As always, thanks for listening and being a part of our world.

Rob, Rick, and Tony.

P.S. – Dear Nuge, never bring up the French!

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A Hobby, A Book, and Something Else That Inspires – Episode 62

What inspires you, I mean besides photography?

Rounding out the who “seven questions” series we did, Tony thought we should tell more about ourselves and what inspires us. But, this time, talk about the non-photography related things that inspire our photography. Specifically, he wanted us to reveal one hobby, one book and one other thing (yeah, it is annoyingly vague). So we did.

From cooking and brewing (of course) to graphic novels and a children’s book, we’re a pretty eclectic mix of guys. I think that’s why it works so well. As Rob points out, everything we have done, everything we have experienced, everything we have learned to any given point in life can be seen in the art. So don’t think being passionate about golfing doesn’t inspire your creativity!

And, for fuck’s sake – show some passion, will you?

inspiresOur Artist

Only had one artist today – the Knoll brothers. Back in 1987, these guys created Photoshop. So, love the state of digital photography today or hate it, these two guys have played a role in how you look at a photography.

What do you think? What inspires you? What else do you do?

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I Hate It… I Love It… It’s Episode 61

Finally, Tony reveals the answer to the great question, what did he mean when he said Grammar Nazi knows a think or two about self-abuse? And Rob compliments the contrast. It’s something we love…

But, tonight, Rick asks us two questions: what do we love about the photography industry today and what do we hate about it? We pretty much agree on each other’s answers but that doesn’t mean it’s a boring show.

Love it or Hate ItToday’s Artists

Tony, who can never seem to select a normal artist, instead wants to talk about a British documentary series that follows a bunch of kids over many years called the “Up Series“. Doing one episode every seven years, the filmmakers started in 1969  and have followed the “kids” for over 40 years now.

Rob chose a female fine art photographer, Lauren Bentley. Some absolutely beautiful work from a photographer who understands form and beauty. However, we do have a slight disagreement about the historical accuracy of the photographs. They’re fantastic images (and there is some artistic nudity so, you know, be careful opening up her site at work or around tight asses).

As we always say, let us know in the show notes what you think and whether you agree with us or not.

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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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Let’s Get Some Questions Answered – Episode 57

Hey friends, We Have a Question!

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:

  1. What are the three biggest mistakes you’ve made in the past with your photography?
  2. What are the three largest successes you’ve had in the past?
  3. If you could change one thing about your photography, what would it be?
  4. Where do you think photography will be in five years?
  5. What is the biggest thing to have happened in photography?
  6. 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!

Our Artists

Warewan ni Byaku by Riusuke FukahoriWe’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.

So?

Whaddya think? Were their answers good, bad, or irrelevant? Let us know in the comments, okay? Thanks for listening.

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When Will 3D Photography Become Common? Episode 56

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?

3D photograph

© Frank DeFreitas, used under Creative Commons Licensing

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).

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Is Constantly Recording Life Preventing Us From Experiencing It? Episode 53

It’s Called Life, Dammit!

Life. Sometimes it sucks, sometimes it’s awesome, and sometimes it lets you get drunk on Amaretto. Be that as it may, no matter what we do, no matter where we go, we seem to always see people with their damned arms in the air, holding their phones and taking video/pictures of whatever the hell is happening around them. And we do it, too. But should we? Are we so concerned about recording life as it happens that we’re no longer actually experiencing it? Yeah, we think we are. And that shit has to stop.

Experience life

We’re all about taking pictures and being recorders of history but let’s also make sure that we are no disengaging from life and no longer making history.

Seriously,we need to cut that shit out.

Our Artists

Today, we look at Marc Hauser, one of the pioneer modern-day portrait photographers. His ability to capture people in real-life poses and expressions makes for some of the most captivating images we’ve seen in a long time. He’s a helluva shooter and a trip through his galleries is worth 30 minutes of your life.

And then Rick throws us a curve ball. After introducing us to several macabre artists and other “interesting” characters over the past couple of years, he chooses Mr. Americana himself, Norman Rockwell. But hey, it’s about life, right?

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Is That Your Style or Are You In a Rut? Episode 52

StyleStyle? Or a Rut?

Style – it’s a word we use on a regular basis to describe our artistry. hell, even in our previous shows we’ve talked about how important it is to have a definitive style in photography. But, can that style become a crutch for never evolving? Can we get stuck in our own artistic rut and happily… ignorantly continue on while thinking we’re just maintaining our “style”?

That’s the topic for this episode and even the three of us have a hard time figuring  it out. And do we even answer the two critical questions: how do we identify when we’re stuck and how do we power through it?

Whatever. How about you, our intelligent and sober (presumably) listeners weigh in and tell us what you think!

Tonight’s Artists

Taking a good look at a young Canadian director and film maker (who just happens to be related to one of the co-hosts), Miles Jay. Specifically, we’re highlighting a short film he directed called Hollywood and Vines. It’s short (4:30) and constructed entirely with clips from Vine. Pretty awesome and, for those of you who think social media is a passing fad and its impact on visual arts is unimpressive, guess again. Watch the video below.

As for our “other medium” artist? Tony chose (so you know it’s gonna be fucked up) Rockstar Games. Who? The gaming geniuses behind Grand Theft Auto 5. Seriously, it’s a pretty amazing game! Check out this review.

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Will Photography Become a Core Competency? Episode #48

Competency in Photography

Courtesy of long-time listener and huge fan of ours (yeah, I am taking liberties but so what?), Ivan, we have tonight’s topic: Might good photography one day become a core competency?

Will photography become more mainstream? Will those of us who see photography as a craft be able to step up and excel? Or does photographic quality continue to slide toward mediocrity?

Or both?

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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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