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I am so incredibly touched by this testimonial I just found on Flickr about my work (I have included the photo he is referring to in this post).
It made me cry. Totally speechless…
"If I had a nickel for every time a fellow photog has assured me that he or she could make "award-winning" pictures with a shoebox, thumbtack & some electrical tape, I’d carry brand new Leica M8s in my pocket to pass out to panhandlers instead of the odd dollar bill.
Vivienne, to the best of my knowledge, has never said this. But she’s the one I’d actually believe if she did.
I mean, consider how challenging it is to take some of the humblest photo gear—cell phone cam or point & shoot—-into what is historically one of the most photographed cities in the world, & create images of familiar scenes that are also unfamiliar—new & fresh & utterly inspiring.
Take the example of her Doyers Street photo. After displaying an instinctively brilliant sense of composition, Vivienne just lets the soft light do its thing, following the curved alley, petering out gently against the darkening facades. Look at the progression of color in the brickwork, counterpointed by the more vivid awnings.
There’s some Vermeer-level shit going on here color & light wise.
Note the figure of the girl in the white dress who appears to be gazing at the tourists at the far end. Is her left hand held up to her face in apprehension? Or is she talking on her cell? Who cares? The gesture is as elegant as it is eloquent.
Finally you see how crappy the tarmac is, rainwater notwithstanding, & there’s garbage & recyclables tucked discretely but visibly in the corners: this really is NYC, baby, not some fancy-schmancy studio set maintained by an army of eager photo assistants that you could never yourself afford.
It’s nothing more than a single, & utterly precious moment in time preserved for posterity by someone who understands that the photographer’s most important tools are the ones on either side of her nose.
That’s just one example. & given that testimonials are recommended to be 100,000 words or less, I won’t try to dissect any others. Suffice to say that I first took notice of Vivienne’s work when I realized an astonishing sky scape she’d posted here or on tumblr hadn’t used a Hasselblad, but rather an iPhone!
Vivienne’s work inspires me & it teaches me (at probably twice her age) that there is always a new way to see something, however familiar it might be to you or others. Furthermore, she shows you that even when confronted with a scene that makes you feel as though you’re facing Godzilla with a Zippo, you can still give him a pretty good hotfoot.
Now that she’s gone full-frame sensor I’m honestly exhilarated anticipating how far her esthetic reach will extend.”
You know, I tell my close, close friends all the time that I wonder sometimes if people understand where I am coming from because sometimes the whole process of art, writing, and photography can feel so isolating.
You pour your heart out into your writing, photography, or whatever it is that you do to release the storm of narratives and emotions inside and you release it all to the world in tiny torrents and hope people see past the gleam on the water’s surface.
And you can only hope that someone out there “gets it”. And when they do, it’s the best (if not scariest) feeling in the world.
I have a pretty big announcement that I will be making this week regarding my photography!
Really excited. In the meantime, these are just some silly photos I took while playing with the gorgeous light in my hotel room in San Diego last week. It was the end of the journey after a whirlwind 3 days and I just wanted to capture the happiness I was feeling.
I was posting most of my California updates to my Facebook while I was away if you are curious: Here is my Facebook.
More NYC posts and my big announcement coming up this week (plus my recap of the experience I had in California)! ♥
When I first started out in photography and decided to move up from the $79 point and shoot I was shooting with, I initially chose the Sony A55 as my first major upgrade. It was such a huge leap of faith for me at the time.
That camera served me well though. Not only was it a great camera to take around New York City while I immersed myself in learning about light and photography but in many ways, that camera opened a lot of doors for me with my photography career. One of those opportunities has been to work with Sony closely since late last year. I have been able to work with some truly amazing cameras and lenses which has allowed my photography to flourish and evolve.
I am really excited to announce that I was chosen as one of eleven people to become part of Sony’s new Sony Club for 2013. This will involve a lot of super fun activities like travel and most importantly getting to work with the brand in a close capacity with some truly spectacular people.
One of our first trips will be to San Diego, California in a few weeks to meet up with each other and with Sony. I have been told that a trip to Del Mar Racetrack (horses! palm trees! the Pacific Ocean!) is on the agenda among other fun things.
Can’t wait to share more about this as the adventure unfolds!
Super excited to unveil my new re-vamped photography portfolio!
I still have a lot of work to do with my captions (need to add back in line breaks since the migration to the new design did not account for that) and I will probably tweak the entire design a bit more in the coming weeks.
But for now, I am super happy! Enjoy!