Vintage Clothing Expo, Malmo by Flora Cusi

Vintage Clothing Expo, Malmo by Flora Cusi

Vintagemässan i Malmö, 25th of May 2013

http://vintagemalmo.se
photographer: Flora Cusi
floramc@floramc.se

Project: I decided to visit the vintage expo in Malmö for my event project. My main interests are colors and patterns and less documenting the presence of people, although I did not exclude this second part. I just used part of the expo, like the catwalk to put the two things together. I made an effort to photograph the whole exposition but I had several problems with people as many were not willing to be photographed.

Difficulties: the main difficulty was to control the light. It was extremely bad lights almost everywhere, and a cloudy dark day not letting in a lot from the big windows.
Another problem was the lack of glamour. I expected something more styled and pompous, and surely there were a lot of inspired pin-ups walking around. But the whole presentation was quite shabby and I had to work on my own to isolate my subjects and make them look good.
Also, the quality was really varied. Some clothes were coming from Hollywood and had a real style, others were of the worst quality. It was hard to vary, much harder than I expected.

Intentions: I am not quite the person who document facts. I use photoshop and I reorganize my pictures. I don’t aim to become a press photographer or work with documentary. I suppose part of my pictures would still fit on a fashion magazine, but I don’t mind letting photoshop being quite evident in my work.

Creating unity was a challenge and I was not out to show clothes and clothes, although that was the main thing out. I wanted to catch a bit of variety and I suppose I managed, but I had to sort out a lot as as said they really were showing things in a real shabby way.

Thanks Flora… very interesting project.

Flora is a Project 52 PRO member and lives in Sweden.

Interview With Photographer Scott Toepfer

Interview With Photographer Scott Toepfer

I first found Scott’s work one day when a P52 member linked his great video on motorcycling, “It’s Better in the Wind”.

Watch it. All with DSLR video.

I became an instant fan. The words I use for Scott’s work are fresh, surprising, intimate and classic. I expected the work to be film, and much of it is, but Scott makes his digital files look more like film than digital.

Scott discusses the making of this short film in the first part of the interview.

I have been told on occasion that my interviews are too long. I think that they are as long as they have to be to cover what we need to cover. This interview is about an hour and 40 minutes cut into two parts for you. I don’t think of that as too long.

I think of that as a long form, detailed look into the work and thought process of a dynamic young photographer. One that you can’t get in a twelve minute discussion or 10 questions answered in text. This is the way I like to meet someone.

Grab a beer… hell, maybe two. And meet Scott Toepfer.

Scott Toepfer Website.

Scott Toepfer Blog

This is Part One: a discussion on Scott’s work, marketing and how he works with clients. It is 40 minutes or so.

This is Part Two: Scott shares some images with us, and we chat about the making of photographs. It is a tiny bit over an hour.

All images copyright Scott Toepfer.

Thanks Scott. I am very happy to have met you. And the beer is on me next time I come through Ventura.

Tour of California Bicycle Race: Adam Bendig

Tour of California Bicycle Race: Adam Bendig

Project 52 PROS is a group of highly motivated photographers who are spending a year with me working on their books, their marketing tools, marketing plans and becoming more familiar with shooting like a professional.

Adam Bendig is one of our pros,, and this is the project he took on earlier this year. I asked each participant to develop a project and some verbiage that could be used to give the images context.

Adam chose the Tour of California Bicycle Race and these are his words and images.

FROM ADAM:

For the past two years I’ve attended the Tour of California bicycle race, and decided that this year was the time to make the leap, and cover the entire race from start to finish. 16 teams from around the world (China, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and a number of domestically based teams) descend upon the state of California, and for the first time traveled South to North this year. Cycling has long been a passion for me, starting with BMX as a wee lad, to mountain biking and road cycling as a young adult. Because of this, I feel that my cycling centric work is improved. I know the little things to look for, and the little things that are interesting to someone with an interest in the sport.

2013-05-14-ATOC_St3_Santa_Clarita-365---Version-3Earlier this year, I made the decision to fly to Louisville to cover the World Championships of cyclocross rather then purchase an awesome new photo-gear backpack. That paid off with some incredible imagery, and a few good connections for the future. So with this experience fresh in my mind, I set off on a road trip with grand intentions. I couch surfed when possible, but that’s one of the major takeaways from this. Because of the scale of this event, which took me over 1600 miles and more then 25 stops, I’ve learned how important it can be to stay near the event. Getting a hotel room rather then couch surfing would have saved me a couple of hundred miles, and a few hours behind the wheel. But, that’s why it’s important to get out and tackle these jobs that you want to be paid for well before you start getting paid for them. You’ve really got to find out what all goes into it. In addition to the crazy commuting, I also discovered just how much extra time it takes at the end of the day to put coverage together, but I’ll get to that later.

2013-05-13-ATOC_st2_Palm_Springs-1535I’m fortunate to have a friend with a lifestyle website that’s happy to publish my work (agentlemansword.com), and because of that I was able to turn my coverage of World’s into a media credential at this race. In addition to an air conditioned room with ice cold water at some of the beginning stages, I was able to meet Press Officers for a few of the teams, which began opening up the coverage that I really wanted out of this. I was invited to go slightly behind the scenes with a world class professional road racing team, telling the story of the people that make everything happen and allow the riders to do just what they need to do, ride. And win. This is the stuff that’s interesting to me. What happens on the race course, you can see live on the Tour Tracker app and after the race on a ton of other websites, but I want to see, and show, what goes on just off course. Unfortunately however, there are a bunch of other photographers that want to do the same.

The key for me was getting past my fear of speaking to someone, explaining what I was doing and what I wanted to cover, and then the doors opened. I was welcomed behind the caution tape. In a nice discussion with the contact after my coverage was published, he pointed out that was made exceptional work stand out over others, was the attention to details. Not just photographing the details, but captions explaining what’s going on. Including names. Telling the story in more then just pictures. A lot of photographers, a majority I’d say, are more comfortable behind the camera. I’m definitely one of those, and would use the camera as a way to experience something without having to be involved myself. It’s a crutch for sure, but breaking through that has made my work improve tremendously.

2013-05-13-ATOC_st2_Palm_Springs-1527Waking up with the sunrise and driving 70 miles to catch some bike riders walking out of an RV and hopping on a bike, then driving 80 more miles through two lane desert and then mountain roads to shoot a peloton passing by faster then you can react to, and then another 70 miles to a sweltering desert wasteland in triple digit heat for the finish, THEN driving home, that’s a lot of work. Now, sit down and import a few hundred photos, tag them, rate them, process the best. Now write a few hundred words about what happened in the race. Now, plan the next day. Figure out where you’ll start, what time you’ve got to leave, where you’ll be able to pick up the race while they’re riding, and try to get a little bit of sleep…it’s one of the best weeks I’ve ever had. It’d better be if that’s what I want to do on the regular! It was definitely more involved then I expected though. I didn’t get to bed before midnight once the entire week, and the day that I was going to be able to sleep in ’til 9, I automatically woke up at sunrise. Hard work, but the more I prepared myself for each day, the more I put myself out there to meet the people that can give me access, the more it paid off.

2013-05-14-ATOC_St3_Santa_Clarita-508This may just be a once a year race, but now I have a powerful set of images to turn into an ebook, to show magazines, sponsors and local teams. They say that the body of a bike racer changes after they’ve completed one of the three week Grand Tours. That the non stop punishment does something to the body, making them a better rider. This may have just been one week, and I had the luxury of pressing a gas pedal instead of turning a pedal over and over, but the experience of working from the road, meeting deadlines and having to create beautiful images in random conditions, it’s made me a better photographer and helped to prepare me for what’s to come. Just like the thousands of miles the racers will ride in the off-season, this is practice, and now I’ve met some of the people that I’ll soon be working for.

Adam Bendig
adambendigphotography.com

Adi Talwar, Photographer

Adi Talwar, Photographer

Adi Talwar has been a strong member of Project 52. His wit and charm infuse his work no matter whether it is lifestyle, photojournalism or portrait.

Adi was asked to do a show of some of his experimental work, and for those of you who may not be near NY at this moment, he has graciously let us view some of his work. These are a few shots that will be on display starting Thursday.

The show, at Illuminated Metropolis Gallery, will run from July 11 to August 3, 2013. I do hope all of you in the Metro NY area can join Adi for his opening Thursday evening.

Illuminated Metropolis Gallery
547 W 27th Street, Suite 529
New York, NY 10001
Betweenn 10th and 11th Ave

Artists Reception from 6-8PM.

From Adi’s website:

Adi Talwar is a self taught photographer who enjoys capturing emotions and making memories. His portfolio ranges from portraits on the street, to performances, appetizing food, Corporate events and personal work. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, City Limits Magazine, The Next American City, Daily News, Norwood News to name  a few.

 

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I find this work to be quite interesting. The lines and compositions lead one to an abstract view of common subjects – and that is particularly cool.

See more of Adi’s work on his blog as well.

The images:

Thanks for sharing your work, Adi.