Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Philosophy of Photography Pt. 1

Today I was going through Jill Thomas' website as I do at least once a week because she is such a brilliant photographer and I can't help but want to divulge into her work constantly! I came across her "Orange Philosophy," which I had never seen before due to the fact that I spend most of my time looking at her blog rather than her actual website. But for some reason today I felt the need to explore her entire website.
"The Orange Philosophy" is based on one single quote:  

"Limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are." -Austrian Photographer Ernst Haas

Jill continues to write "To me, this means where you stand—literally and figuratively—determines what you see.   While it might sound a little overstated to say that I have a "philosophy" in mind when I click the shutter, I do have a vision for every image that melds together a few themes that are meaningful to me.  The Orange Philosophy is my vantage point for observing you and your loved ones."

Jill constantly challenges me with new thoughts, new ideas, new visions, new everything. She takes photography to an entirely new level. One of the first things I learned from her was that every photo matters... You have to take more time when using film to get that perfect shot. Digital is all about taking as many photos as you would like to get that perfect image, but with film you have that one photo. I mean sure you can take more if you would like, but it's about capturing that vision the first time. It's about creating something that no one else has. It's about creating something that you would be jealous of if someone else had created it. It's about finding that one thing that makes you feel so passionate and molding it with whatever you have to work with (people, personalities, music, etc.) I could write about this for days, but I only have so much time. I'll leave it at that and let you wrap your mind around this seemingly small thought which truly cultivates so many new ideas and new visions.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Warped Tour

Going through old photos to pick my best photographs to upload to 500px.

Just a few of the bands I photographed. All of the above are film photos by the way. I am so pumped for Warped Tour this year. Only 13 more day