aLIVE episode 9

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Being lost in a dream

 

 

 

I often get asked what I am shooting photos for and it is easy for me just to say "Oh they are just for my website" to give a justifiable answer so I can simply dodge the question. It is hard to explain photography, there is something inside that you know what works and what does not work. Similar to a filmmaker, if he or she were to tell you what the film means it will ruin your interpretation of it. The beauty of being creative is that it is all on you.. You can choose to photograph flowers and pretty things, you can choose to photograph sports or weddings, or you can get lost and dream. I tend to get lost and enter a dream when I am photographing and I try to get to that place as much as possible... and the thing about being lost in a dream is that you'll find yourself with images that are so beautiful and tell yourself WAIT I could find something even more beautiful so I must stagger on.

 

 

Is that a mirror in your pocket?

I decided a great way to get this blog goin is to empty my pockets.

Always thinking creatively ultimately leads me to full pockets and this is what I have going on these days..

 

 

 

iPhone 5 - I could not imagine having a different brand of phone, my brain cant slow down to the speed of competitors devices, I feel like my brain glitches as there device is trying to load something or trying to simply swipe to another screen. I went with the 16gb version which was a terrible idea since I fill it up constantly but by doing so keeps me backing up files more often which is a good thing. The camera on this phone is great, the 5s is sure to be better but I am content with this phone for now.. It's really a photo document device and I wish it had existed when I were young.

iPod touch - it is brilliant for reading since I dont get distracted with texts or calls when reading... and... another back up camera when needed.

Timberland wallet - I ran into this wallet when I was in the market for one and it really is the perfect wallet. I bet you are wondering John Cusack?  My brother stuck that ripped out picture of him and stuck it in a birthday card he got me almost 10 years ago! I stuck it in my wallet that day and have kept it with me ever since.

Olloclip - A new purchase over the past weekend, I have only tested it mostly in low light with Ryder and it managed to capture a decent image. Looking forward to messing with it more.

Fujifilm XQ1 - Not many people carry a pocket camera on them anymore... You should! iPhones are great for documenting and they are the best if that is the only camera on you. What a pocket camera can do is give you more options if you are without a bigger camera. I've come to love shooting with the on camera flash WEIRD RIGHT? There is something beautiful about that tiny flash that is on that camera. I feel if William Eggleston was my age in this era of technology the xq1 would be one of his cameras and everyone would hate on him for using it and calling it art... Just like how he had been made fun of when he was younger after a showing of his work at MOMA, now he is known as a legend from those same photographs. Another thing to point out about a pocket camera is space.. SPACE AND LOTS OF IT, I have a 32gig memory card in my xq1 and my info shows I can shoot over 10,000 photographs. I recommend the xq1 to anyone looking to buy a pocket camera... Great price, great size and the flash option actually gives a great look, bad thing is that it is terrible at high ISO but keep it down with the flash and you'll be stoked. My friend has the Sony rx100ii or the iii either way that camera seems insane, have not heard much about high iso but ive seen some low light images that do look amazing. I just really like what fuij has been doing with photography the past years though, I hope that they will also be coming out with a 1 inch sensor pocket camera. 

So there you have it... My pockets full of photography options. 

The photos on this blog will  have a caption of the camera used and random info if needed.

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Here. We. Go.

I am excited on this new blog I'll be posting photos, also throwing my thoughts out there about photography and other useless knowledge.

If you have not noticed I'm terrible at grammar... That wont change.. Well, hopefully over time I will become better at it.

 

 

 

Okay, look forward to some great photographs, random creativeness, fun, and something that is better than reading depressing posts on Facebook! 

Also, I have been in touch with a handful of creative people to do a guest post on this blog, some may be a one time post and some may be ongoing. 

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Ruth Stretar and thoughts of Richard Avedon

aLIVE episode 8 featuring Ruth Stretar is up! CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Shooting these episodes has been a absolutely great time to do and I am excited every time I schedule the next episode. Ruth took some convincing but as you'll see her episode is deep and full of real emotion.

The question I have been asked the most about the aLIVE project is 'why' or 'what does it mean' or 'what is this for'... Really this idea came into my head during this past winter, living in Ohio it gives you many months of not being able to enjoy nice weather which leads to long nights left with your own thoughts, and for me is when I can push my creative thoughts forward. I think of Richard Avedon often (I wish I could have met him) and Avedon is a photographer that passed the year I started shooting.. But it was years before I knew who Avedon was. I am not sure when I was actually introduced to his lifes work but whenever that was it really changed my life, much like how a motivational book can change someones life.

When I look through 'IN THE AMERICAN WEST' I stare at the photos and get lost to that moment, Laura Wilson did a great documentation of his journey and some amazing stories are involved but Avedon being the photographer and creative mind is what I am talking about, being IN that moment dealing with the elements and talking face to face and really being a extension of that subject during that time

-how did the introduction to the particular person go

-what type of conversations were struck up 

-what happened immediately after the photographs were taken

Those and many more thoughts go through my mind and I wanted to create those feelings... unscripted, real thoughts, how the person carried themselves at this time of life, just being IN it. The gracious people involved with the aLIVE project have a real conversation and each person has been so unique and seeing the time stopped dead with the single photograph at the end secluded in front of a white background takes me to that place that I felt with Avedon's work in the west.

Enjoy the latest episode of Ruth Stretar and watch the other episodes if you haven't yet!


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Extra! Extra!

It's been... Well years since I have ran a 'real' blog. More of the recent blogs I had going were places to post a photograph, I guess I might have felt discouraged of the idea of writing but the great thing about time and age is that you find out more about yourself and life in general. This is my first true blog and I am very excited to run it and will be including creative writers from time to time to collaborate with my photographs or for any other random reason I see fit! I am glad to have a home for photographs I normally wouldn't add to a portfolio collection and even random photos I have on my iPhone or xq1.

Unsafe hillbomb on skateboard selfie with Kristian Svitak 

Unsafe hillbomb on skateboard selfie with Kristian Svitak 

So over the past week I've been super busy on a filming/photography mission with Svitak and it was very successful! I will update when and where the video/photos show up at after the sponsors review what we ended up with. 

The aLIVE series will be back on its normal schedule tomorrow so keep lurking!  

-bsmitty