lunedì 24 aprile 2017

JASON LOWRY | PHOTOGRAPHER


I have a horrible habit of wasting so much of my present moment time constantly thinking about everything and everyone!  If you are like me, it can be so difficult to focus on what I’m doing right now at this exact moment (just caught myself thinking about something I need to do as I write this article).  I’m constantly distracted by thoughts and most of the time these distractions running through my head are about what has already happened or what may happen in the future.
So, what does this have to do with photography? Everything!
Clear those distracting thoughts 
Try to lose yourself in the present moment by focusing and concentrating  on what you  are doing at that moment as you engage your subject.  Being completely present will allow you to be fully engaged and to see your subject with a new and exciting perspective.  How do you do this?  It takes constant practice, but it can be done!  You must first be aware of all those distractions in your head.  Importantly, try not to stop those thoughts from flowing, just be aware of them and notice them and as you watch them, they will simply fade.  With practice, it does work!  The key is to be aware that you are distracted and that you are not focused.
Don’t over think or try not to think at all 
I admit this was difficult for me to understand at first.  We have a greater intelligence than all those thoughts racing through our head.  For example, have you ever encountered a situation where you just reacted in the moment, you knew what to do without obsessively thinking about your next move?  Well, imagine yourself in front of a subject (I know this requires thinking : ), your head is clear, no distracting thoughts, you are fully engaged and you know it’s the right opportunity to capture or you instinctively adapt to what you know will be a better opportunity.  We are more than our thoughts and those distracting ones get in our way and fog our ability to see clearly.
It’s not necessarily about the product 
I think it’s important to clarify my philosophy on photography.  For me, it is a life experience and it’s not necessarily about the final outcome although I certainly enjoy sharing and viewing the work of so many wonderful artists.  Our goal as artists should be to get lost in the process of creating, not worrying about making money or whether our art will fit a certain mold or get a certain number of comments.  These thoughts are distractions and keep us from our full potential.   I have not mastered what is written in this article, but I practice as much as possible and I do think it has made a difference in my personal style and I hope you will find this article of value.  
Jason Lowry is from Eastern North Carolina and is obsessed with moody and dramatic black and white art.  Jason Lowry   digital-photography-school






















All images © Jason Lowry photographer

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lunedì 27 febbraio 2017

SUZANNE STEIN | PHOTOGRAPHER



Suzanne Stein is a street photographer based out of San Diego. She captures kinetic portraits of life in the streets of Southern California.
Her work is sublte and nuanced; balancing both her subject matter and location to created images that are simultaneously uniquely human, and uniquely Californian.
Her thoughts on the ethics of street photographer are just complex as nuanced as the images she presents.
“I am a single parent and former artist who is dedicated to the art and craft of street photography. I love to take pictures of moments and people that captivate my attention and sometimes my heart.”


























All images © Suzanne Stein


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venerdì 24 febbraio 2017

LATINAMERICA | IZLA KAYA BARDAVID



“When I first touched the Latinamerican soil, over 15 years ago, as a volunteer in Costa Rica I knew I would love this place! Its natural diversity, expressive people and tasty cuisine make you feel alive and free. During our honeymoon, my husband and me got the chance to explore more of this continent during some adventurous months travelling by land from Brazil-Bolivia-Peru and up to Costa Rica and then to Panama. It wasn’t a photo journey, but my camera was clinged to me as we discovered magnificent nature, from freezing moments in Salar de Uyuni to long palm-stretched beaches and the humid Amazonas jungle. This is a continent I would love to explore more. It has treated me with the most fantastic experiences of mother earth!” izlaphotography




























All images © Izla Kaya Bardavid
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