Archive for February, 2012
Photographing Photographers III – A case of the Mondays February 28th, 2012
Monday is a photographer’s Sunday. I wish everyday was making pictures for no reason. I even shot 2 rolls of film. Yes, film. That’s not a typo.
From left Gary Middendorf, Candice C. Cusic, Vincent Johnson, Rob Hart, Shauna Bittle, Brian Valentin, Matt Piechalak, Brian Powers, and Sol Neelman.
Then we found a sweet spot at the Crimson Lounge at the Sax Hotel.
And the Billy Goat.
Photographing Photographers II February 24th, 2012
Marianne Mather Morgan
Corey R Minkanic
It’s Personal – I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby February 23rd, 2012
Sometimes the most meaningful photo is the one you don’t make. As an editor told me of our ultrasound picture, “Did you take this photo? It is dark, blurry and out of focus.” Brilliant Mr. Beasley.
Last weekend we surprised our parents with a photo of the newest Hart baby. It’s pretty exciting to be welcoming a baby girl into the mix this summer. I’m not sure the cats will be as excited.
It’s Personal – Baptisim February 23rd, 2012
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. – Matthew 5:15
Everyone who’s a photographer gets invited places with the catch, “You’re bringing your camera, right?” After almost two decades of having a camera hanging off my shoulder it’s just assumed that I’m the pool photographer for the family. If you can’t share your talents with the people you love then you’re not doing it right.
I’ll refer you to #60. “Give to life and life will give back to you.” My awesome cousins Mike & Becky getting their third baby girl baptized. Very cool moment.
Ashes to Go February 22nd, 2012
I spent the morning with Shawn Schreiner, Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park, while she performed the Ash Wednesday rites for commuters getting on the Green Line. Ashes to Go brings the spirit to you. Although most people pass on having a stranger smudge their faces, there were lots of people who appreciate the Church meeting them along their busy day and giving them a small moment. Megan Opel, third photo down, was near tears with this unexpected encounter on Ash Wednesday.
“It was really special,” Opel said as she boarded the Green Line. For someone who was on their way to work her face showed the appreciation. “Just very touching, she said.”
Isn’t that was we all want, no matter your faith just having something nice, surprising and meaningful happen to you before 9 A.M.? That’s pretty cool.
It’s Personal – Closer February 15th, 2012
There’s the old Robert Cappa quote, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” It could be the most repeated quote among my crowd, and honestly, it happened Monday night at a photo critique. And that got me thinking that I’ve been wrong about what it means to most people.
I always took it to mean an emotional closeness, not a physical one. When my good friends Joel Wintermantle and Jessica Majors had their baby, Mia, you want to be at the hospital as a friend, but also as a documentarian. Your access issues are instantly non-existent.
The idea is, as the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch so eloquently expressed, “If you can feel what I’m feeling then it’s a musical masterpiece. If you can hear what I’m dealing with then that’s cool at least.” Getting to what room felt like is much easier when it’s people you care about.
Last week I told a Northwestern student during a critique, “If you’re not making pictures of shit you care about then why the hell should I care about these?” And then I realized it’s time to start documenting what, and who I love.
And when you’re managing an archive make sure to not file baby photos in a folder with cat pics. It’ll take you months to figure that out. Remember when she was this small? Crazy.
unpeak action February 11th, 2012
I’ve always enjoyed flaws over perfection. I’m a connoisseur of clumsy. A regular contributor to Awkward Aficionado, if you will. Unfit for even impolite society. When you’re on you’re 100th basketball game of the season you gotta relish in things that aren’t great, or even good, but just off. And sometimes I enjoy the ungraceful gawkyness of the in-between moments.
LMAO+LOLing = Laughter Yoga February 9th, 2012
Laughter Yoga. The kind of phrase that when you see it on a bulletin board or community calendar you stop, and your mind starts to imagine all kinds of insane combinations. I did the same thing. I couldn’t be as simple as adults walking around laughing for no reason, acting the fool, could it? Answer, yes.
This shit is hilarious. And for someone who has to fill a photo page every week these are the stories I love to tell. It’s not complicated, there’s no arc, no issue, no big whoop. Just people trying to make themselves feel better, havin’ a laugh. Try spending an hour LOLing. It’s a good time and kinda exhausting. Check it out, there’s all kinds of videos and supposed health benefits. And it’s all over Chicago. No joke.
a boardroom with a view February 8th, 2012
Sometimes a picture just happens in front of you while you wait for the IT people to fix your computer. Photographers tend to be people who love the interaction of meeting new people, exploring the world, seeing what we’ve never seen. Or just find the beauty in the boring.
photographing photographers – smoke February 6th, 2012
One of my favorite photographers. Brian Cash Valentin.