Today is another good day for monochromatic color. Antwain Jackson wishes us some St. Patty’s Day luck on this August Monday.
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- Enter this Phillips Collection contest by submitting your own “American Moment” and you could win a camera from the Leica Store DC, or another great prize. The deadline is 5 p.m., July 21.
- Head over to the DC Arts Center July 8-10 to claim your space for their popular, annual 1460 Wallmountables exhibit. They’ve been doing this show since 1989!
- Mega-photo-op alert! Watch this 10,000-square-foot ball pit being constructed at the National Building Museum on their livecam, and visit the installation starting July 4.
- The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, an intensive training program for writers, radio producers and photographers that has operated in Maine for 42 years, is shutting its doors in September.
- Concert photographer Jason Sheldon calls out Taylor Swift for her “hypocritical” open letter to Apple.
- Instagram appears to be back to normal in North Korea after a week of warnings on user accounts saying the popular photo-sharing app had been blacklisted for harmful content.
- Have fears about privacy, terrorism, and pedophilia ruined street photography?
- Ellie Davies merges images of stars and galaxies from the Hubble Space Telescope with landscapes from English forests. She starts by creating the photographs of the landscape, looking for compositions that could accommodate other shapes, and then looks for a suitable starscape to fill the space. The results are dreamlike.
- Another photographer combining images is Stephen McMennamy whose #combophoto project may look like surreal photo-manipulations created using Photoshop, but are actually the result of a much simpler process, cleverly arranging two photos side-by-side to create imaginative and amusing new scenes.
- Danish photographer Ken Hermann tries to capture the person behind the mask in his series on Los Angeles street performers, many of whom dress as famous Hollywood characters.
- Watch this tiger be released into the Russian wild where he’ll have a gal pal and lots to feast on.
I was really drawn to the raw movements captured in this moment by Antwain Jackson. He attaches this quote to his image, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop.”—Confucius. It’s one of those statements that really pairs with the essence of the photograph—motion. Appropriately, just behind the boy, you can faintly see a sign that reads, “No Stopping Anytime.” I continue to read Confucius’ words and look at Jackson’s image. Each time I look back and forth, I feel a new sense of movement.
Photographer Miki J had some good timing for this picture next to one of the crazy new steakhouse ads downtown.
Exposed DC has an exciting new opportunity for photographers! We’re partnering with Knowledge Commons DC, “a free school for thinkers, doers, and tinkerers – taught anywhere, by anyone, for everyone.” We’ve sought out some of our most talented contributors to teach a series of photography classes sponsored by Exposed DC. We’ll have three classes in KCDC’s September 2014 session, and we’ll have more in a special Exposed DC intersession later this fall. (Note: Classes are one day; you’ll have two opportunities for each type of class.) Registration for September will begin shortly – we’ll add those links when we have them, but you can save the date now for the following great learning opportunities:
Street Portraiture with Jim Darling
- Students will learn how to approach strangers in public and take their portrait. We’ll go over fundamentals of portraiture, how to pick a subject, tips to approaching a stranger and asking to take their picture, and composing a great shot. After the discussion, the class will hit the streets to try out what they’ve learned.
- Location: WeWork Chinatown
- Wednesday, Sept. 10, 6:30-8:30pm (registration opens Tue., Sept 2) and Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6:30-8:30pm. (registration opens Mon., Sept 8)
Street Photography with Gerry Suchy
- This course will explore the fundamentals of street photography, its history and how it is different from other types of photography. After a brief discussion of the nature and practice of street photography. I will lead a group of “wanna be” street photographers on a photo walk, pointing out likely subjects and how best to capture that image. The course will require that the student have and be comfortable using a digital or film camera. The person signing up for this course will be someone wanting to stretch her/his creative legs in the area of candid photography in search of the “decisive moment.”
- Location: Union Station, 2nd floor, top of spiral staircase
- Saturday, Sept. 20, 10am-12pm (registration opens Fri., Sept 12); Saturday, Sept. 27, 10am-12pm (registration opens Fri., Sept 19).
Photographing Airplanes at Gravelly Point with Chris Williams
- Our class will take photographs of aircraft on takeoff and approach at Reagan National Airport from Gravelly Point. We’ll go through different techniques to create images of aircraft, discuss what lenses to use, appropriate shutter speeds, creating depth of field, and how to be creative with an everyday scene in Washington D.C. Any type of camera is fine as long as you’re reasonably comfortable with it.
- Location: Gravelly Point (those metroing will meet at Crystal City and walk over together)
- Tuesday, Sept. 2, 6:30-8:30pm (registration opens Mon., Aug 25); Saturday, Sept. 6, 6:30-8:30pm (registration opens Fri., Aug 29).