Today I received an email stating that one of my favorite photos, the Abandoned Train Car, has been selected for inclusion in LightLeaks Magazine! I love this magazine; dedicated to those who use low-fi cameras such as the Holga.
The person who selected my photo was Aline Smithson, the guest photo editor for upcoming issue #10. She was a photo editor for Vogue Patterns in New York and has worked as a photo editor and fashion stylist for some of the top photographers in the industry. Now she shows her own photographic work in galleries across the country.
I’m honored to have my photo published in this magazine and hope this, as well as my recent commissioned work will help to launch my new career as a photographer.
Some details about this photo: I used a Holga 120S loaded with expired Ilford Delta 3200 Pro film (which is a grainy medium format or 120 film.) Yes, this is film not digital and no Photoshopping was involved other than to save the photo as a jpg from the scanned negative.
It’s funny… since I’ve gotten back into photography, I’ve developed a passion for this black and white, photojournalistic, reportage, street style of photography as seen in my previous posts; and I aspire to be at least half as interesting as my hero and favorite icon of the reportage style, Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Yet, the picture of mine that seems to get the most praise and attention is this color nature shot! It has garnered very nice reactions and comments (all of which I truly appreciate) over at JPG Magazine and it was even awarded “HOT” status by the magazine itself… my first photo to do so!
Now, I guess it’s a nice shot with it’s bold contrasting colors and the ray of rainlight coming through the trees, but for me personally, there’s not much to it. No interesting characters telling their story with their facial expressions, no sense of tragedy, loss or sadness in the movement or gestures of a person’s body language. But then, those may be the very type of things people see in this shot that I have been missing (the dramatic sense of an omnipresent being projecting it’s power down on us?)
In any case, I know it’s all subjective, it’s just that this is not my favorite picture and certainly not my normal style, but nonetheless, it connects with people much the same way my Broken Heart Robot toy did… and I certainly can’t fault that!
The warehouse and the workers who pack and ship tens of thousands of products each day are the subject as I continue on with this photo essay.
The warehouse itself was overwhelming, but the workers were happy, hard working and personable as they worked their sections.
Continuing the series on the Fashion Design and Manufacturing house near the City of Commerce are the collection of photos I call “The Factory.”
These are of the factory workers who make the prototype products for the designers. Though I was originally commissioned to photograph this company for their catalogue, this has also become my own personal photo essay on the process of design and manufacturing.