Monday, June 22, 2009

Into the Lion's Den

Public Service Announcement:

This is what you'll find waiting for you when you rip a bunch of people off, fake your own abduction and run off with your kid to Disney World. It's enough to scare anybody straight. I've now spent a total of eight hours sitting outside district court to spend about 4o seconds photographing Bonnie Sweeten, and all I can say is thank god for good company.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

"Each Flag has a Name and a Face"

58,000 American servicemen were killed in the Vietnam War and more than 1,800 remain missing in action. More than 4,500 have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Vietnam vets Don Caruso(above) and Preston Creely(below) were two of the volunteers planting 65,000 flags in Falls Township in tribute to every one of these men and women.

I always enjoy assignments where I get to meet veterans because they've experienced things that give them a perspective most of us will never understand. When i got to this assignment I was pretty excited because hey, 65,000 flags in the ground means lots of cool visuals. I felt like an ass when Creely reminded me what they really mean. "Each flag has a name, and a face. It's good to see they're not being forgotten."

Monday, June 08, 2009

More Odeing

Somebody help me...I can't stop(see below).

Friday, June 05, 2009

Ode to Silhouettes

Silhouttes are a gimmick, a cheap trick for hacks who can't make a real picture. As a professional photographer, it's my obligation to turn my nose up at such trite ploys. At least I think that's what I'm supposed to say, but here's the truth: I freaking love 'em! Have a picture of yourself standing on the beach at Lake Nostalgia? Boring vacation snapshot. But a silhouette of yourself standing on said beach? Ooooh, artsy! Granted they can be a bit overdone at times, and if anybody belongs in a silhouette shooters' detox, it's me. But when done well, I think a good silhouette can tell a story quite nicely. As evidence, I present photographs A and B:

These are from separate graduations I've shot over the last two weeks. Check out how eerily similar they are. Besides thinking I apparently need to be more original with my compositions(I'm currently suing myself for plagiarizing...myself), I was struck by how much more I like the silhouette. Maybe if the grads in photo B had more expression it would be a different story(or if I did a better job framing out that light in the back), but I think the silhouette tells you everything you need to know, does it cleaner and quicker, and is much more likely to catch someone's attention when they're scanning a Web site or, if they're really, really old, a newspaper. Maybe those are just the clouded thoughts of an addict, but I'm curious to hear other people's opinions.