Anna Gunn “Dreams in a Suitcase”

Project 52 Member shares recent work.

Anna Gunn:

“Concept: a girl who carries her dreams in a suitcase. These dreams aren’t plans, or in any way constructive – they are merely a distraction from the beautiful, fleeting moments that life places in front of her. Yet they are so dominant over her, so heavy, that they spill out of the suitcase and intertwine with the real world… and still she carries them around.”

Anna Gunn (McGunn Media)

“I have always been more interested in the power of what a good photograph or film can do – not who created it and what box that creator fits into. I’m interested in the story one has to tell. We are visual communicators and we are all unique but only if we listen to our own voice and create from that voice. Whenever I have trusted and listened to my internal voice and created from my own unique perspective and my life’s experiences, I have been “on purpose” and my work has resonated across genders, race and age. I suppose I could copy or mimic the “style du jour” whether it is HDR or photographing hipsters with tattoos and attempt to be someone I’m not. I don’t have the desire to do that because that is not why I became a photographer or filmmaker. That’s not to say that I don’t like and appreciate photographers who are following these styles but it’s not me and creativity doesn’t come from mimicking others. I’ve seen a lot of styles and techniques over the decades I’ve been in the photo business. They come and they go – just like the photographers who chase after the latest trend.”

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Catherine Vibert: Environmental Portraits

Project 52 Members share some of their recent project work over the next five posts.

Catherine Vibert:

“Environmental Portraits & Personal Branding. Through the course of the year of the Project 52, I found that my favorite subject to shoot is people. I especially love to photograph people doing what they love to do. All of the people in these photographs work for themselves, determine their own hours, their own schedules, and have built their worlds out of a passion for their work. I wanted to tell the story of what they do when that was possible. I went to each of their houses and photographed the story of their day. These images, combined with written stories, will be used on my blog to promote my marketing plan, which is to help people get beyond stock photography on their websites and social media. To help small businesses have beautiful images that tell their stories, so their customers can connect with the real human beings behind the brand.”

Catherine Vibert Photography

Portraits Inspired by Gregory Heisler

We spent a couple of weeks studying the work of Gregory Heisler. He is a remarkably talented photographer with a very disciplined approach to image making. The goal was to learn from his approach and find the inspiration to make images from what you garnered from the exploration. The idea is never to copy, only to be influenced by. I love to quote Clark Terry, jazz trumpet legend; “Imitate, Assimilate, Innovate.”

In jazz and photography.

Thanks to all of the photographers who participated.

24 Frames In May (2015 Edition)

TWENTY FOUR FRAMES IN MAY

Jorge Rodríguez Santos Photography

Jorge Rodríguez Santos Photography

Last year the Project 52 folks were invited to a special project: shoot 24 frames of film in the month of May. The idea was to treat a single frame of film with the same deliberate attention we would give it if it were a sheet of 8×10. Carefully decide what you want in the frame, make an accurate exposure calculation and shoot the image. Not mad bursts or ‘shoot it till you get it” – the idea is to think enough about the image in your camera that you do indeed ‘get it’ with that single frame.

Not many rules, but a few guidelines:

  1. This is for film cameras only.
  2. Black and White or Color is fine, and there are no restrictions on the type of film you shoot.
  3. Polaroid is OK.
  4. 4×5 or sheet film cameras are OK.
  5. Tintype / alternate process is OK.
  6. Images must be on a contact sheet as well as individually presented (Use Photoshop’s excellent “Contact Sheet” tool if you have had your film scanned.)
  7. Only one roll of 35mm film (or the first 24 frames of a roll of 36)
  8. Two rolls + for 6×7 120/220.
  9. No more than three exposures taken on any single day, no more than two of any single subject.
  10. Images must be presented in order of exposure.

Uploading instructions will be posted on May 31. Upload from June 1 to June 15.

If you are planning on being involved, let us all know in the comments.

Submissions will include:

  • Contact sheet
  • Camera format / brand
  • Lenses used
  • Film type and name
  • Lab used (with link please)
  • 24 individual frames ready for web at 1000 pixels on the long side.

Here is a link to last year’s submissions. I am hoping for triple the involvement this year.

Considering an option for a contest… thinking more about it and will announce before May if you can choose to be in the optional contest.

Need a film camera? Here is a list of my favorite film cameras. Let me know if you think I missed any amazing cameras. (Yeah, I gotta ad the Olympus OM-1 soon…)