1. Erica, November 2013


  2. Self portrait


  3. Benny


  4. Nightswimming



  6. Silvia


  7. Print your photos and tape them to a wall. Look at them. Play around with the L, cropping and framing, and you will learn about composition and geometry. Enlarge what you frame and leave it on the wall. By looking, you will learn to see. When you agree that a photograph is not good, throw it out. Tape the best ones higher on the wall, and eventually look at those only (keeping the not-so-good one gets you used to not-so-goodness). Save the good ones, but throw everything else away, because the psyche retains everything you keep.

  8. Taking the picture might in fact be only the easiest part of the entire process. If photography is a visual language, the picture is only an expression of an idea. So, you need to have that message, that idea, concept, or proposal that you want to share with others. Then, the context in which that message is presented is highly important in understanding how the message will be received: a Facebook post, a photo book, a print on a gallery wall, will all have a different impact and will be received and understood differently.

  9. thelifeofm:

    If I’ve learned anything so far, it’s this: Success has a lot more to do with character than it does with talent. So does life.


  10. Todd Hido


  11. Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.

    Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you’re Count Dracula.


  12. Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of one of the best war photographers the world have ever seen. I remember binging last year on the documentaries “Which way is the front line from here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington” by Sebastian Junger and “Restrepo” made by Hetherington and Junger in Afghanistan. I just plain cried, there was nothing else to do.

    Tim Hetherington was killed taking pictures in Libya in 2011 during the revolution.

    "Which way is the front line from here?": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEpIiAL6y8M
    "Restrepo": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DjqR6OucBc



  14. Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.

  15. What’s more important is being present, being aware, and being honest about it, and then creating from that space.  If you have the best damn life, create from that space, and it’ll be honest.  And if your life’s total shit, stop pretending that it’s perfect.  Create out of the shit that’s going on.  I don’t think you need to be in a certain space to make honest work, you just need to be honest, and do so from wherever you are.  That’s your unique story.  Just make it sincere.


    In the end, it’s about honesty. It’s about the willingness to face really, really shitty questions about yourself and not lie. Maybe you don’t start out being honest to the entire world, but at least don’t lie to yourself. And that is so hard. That’s the journey. That’s why it turns into a lifelong thing. That’s where good art comes from, and if you’re gonna do that, it’s gonna set you on a completely different path.