As I perused through Morgan Wiltshire’s Photography blog, right here on WordPress, I started wondering why we photograph what we photograph.  Sometimes I feel like we’re just people that have similarities to crows, we see something shiny (or otherwise interesting) and we have to stop and observe.  But we like to observe longer than others I suppose so maybe that’s why we feel compelled to take a photograph of whatever subject it was and bring that part of something with us.  Maybe we’re all trying to tell a story, maybe the story is being written while we photograph it and we don’t even notice until after it’s over.  After all we can’t make history happen identically, once an event has occurred it’s over.  Are we trying to convey something?  Maybe it’s our own unique non-verbal language that we convey through images.  We always try to find the meaning in photographs, and most times we’re not sure when we’re put on the spot.  We take so many photos we don’t always have time to sit and ponder what made us take THAT photo.  I notice though, that photographers/artists will stop dead in their tracks if they see something they need to capture (via whatever their chosen medium).  What does that mean?  Sometimes we’re conceptual and we set out to photograph that particular thing we’ve pondered so laboriously over, and other times we’re blatantly intuitive and we stop where we are to capture whatever it is that got our attention.

**Why do you photograph what you photograph?**

-K

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One of my first attempts at a little HDR, what do you think?

-K

Like many people, I’ve finally jumped on the band wagon and downloaded Instagram.  At first I was hesitant, I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to use a tool like this when I’m training to become a (hopefully) great photographer who uses manually adjustable cameras.  I kept seeing posts from classmates about Instagram and some of the images I saw I really enjoyed.  Using the little filters they provide I’ve gotten some pretty neat photos, but do I keep them as my “artwork” or my random snap shots?  (Is there even a difference anymore?)  I’m curious what other photographers really think about them.  As for me I’m still on the fence.  I’ll keep playing with it until I either find something so amazing I want to share it with everyone or I get bored of my toy and stop using it.  Does anyone else out there feel one way or another about it?

-K

Okay, I take it back, I don’t really hate Sasha Eisenman but I didn’t really care for the first photos that I saw of his… at first.  I had to rethink this, if you are unfamiliar with Sasha Eisenman (which I admittedly was) the most recent pictorial of his I have reviewed is in this month’s edition of Playboy featuring May Andersen.  At first I looked at the photos of May Andersen in a very casual manner, but when I really started looking at them the photographer in me came out.  I was surprised that Playboy would have any photographer that I didn’t like.  So I did a little digging, I want to Mr. Eisenman’s website, I knew Playboy wouldn’t let me down with a bad photographer so I had to see what they saw to hire him.  And I was amazed, he quickly turned from a photographer I was uncertain of to one I totally admire.  His photos do exactly what he means for them to do, they entice and demand attention.  I love them, especially his editorials.  My oh my his photos for Tetu Magazine Mega Force in his editorial section definitely caught my eye.  So I had to revisit Miss May and see what it was that I disliked in the first place.  I realized that I was off put by them because I understand (some of) the behind the scenes action now.  And oddly enough I could imagine myself staging the same shots as Mr. Eisenman.  I was conflicted in thinking that if I could foresee setting up those shots shouldn’t a bigwig photographer in Playboy being doing something far grander than I?  But I realized that importance of including those Polaroid-esque images, they were the random images that were awesome but were designed to look like they weren’t forced, they were almost natural candid moments.  Shoot they may have been candid moments!  I learned a good lesson that I intend to use again, if I don’t care for an image (or if I absolutely love it) I need to investigate the photographer and see what it is I do/don’t like and learn from them.  Had I not had that first thought that I didn’t like Sasha Eisenman’s work I wouldn’t have discovered my newest photographic hero.  I aspire to be as good as Mr. Eisenman, so thank you Playboy for catching me off guard and giving me the surprise that is Sasha Eisenmen.  And May Andersen looks pretty fantastic too 🙂

-K

It’s almost time to graduate, May 6th is the big day :). During this last semester I’ve been busier than ever but I’ve made a lot of good images to show for it. The faux hawk shoot went well, soon I’ll have the electronic layout to post on here. Since then I’ve shot 3 other installments for the magazine featuring the collaborative fashion shoots with 2 to go. It’s pretty exciting to see my work in a magazine do a big thank you to Potential Magazine for helping me grow. The latest issue is hot off the presses so get your copy while you still can! You can contact me or navigate over to their Facebook page for the low down on their art filled magazine. Now if only I had an iPad to expedite photo sharing ;). Until next time!

K

One of the projects I am working on is for a spring fashion shoot, which I’m totally stoked about.  The concept is “Spring Crazy” so I decided to style my model’s hair into a faux hawk….  then I had to figure out how to make her hair stand straight up in the air!  I did my research and came to the traditional punk rock conclusion that Elmer’s glue is a sure bet, that and a little hairspray and a blow dryer.  My model is Asian so she has very thick hair, I slicked back most of it and went to work with the glue.  It worked wonders for my trial run, I was worried the weight of her hair would make it impossible to defy gravity but I pulled it off.  The shoot is in a few days so as soon as I shoot it I’ll post pics of the results.  I can’t wait!

A little about me.

 

Some portraits I’ve been working on…

K

Most mornings I wake up and get excited that I have the opportunity (when I wake up early enough) to sit outside, drink my coffee and greet the morning and all its critters.  I sit and watch the birds and squirrels bicker with one another, I check the status of whatever random plant I’ve decided to cultivate (recently it’s daffodils), and I ponder everything… Which has led me to what I decided to blog about today: How safe is it to ponder anything in an online forum?  I began this blog as part of an assignment for college, I understand the value of starting it up and plan on taking advantage of it but I don’t want to start it out all wrong.  What happens when something I blog about comes back to haunt me in 10 years?  I can’t imagine it would be anything weighty but there’s always the what-ifs.  I’m the type of person who knows better than to talk about something when I’m emotional, better to think about it and decide what the best method of solving my dilemma will be versus shooting off at the hip about xyz.  I have never visited Twitter and I have no intentions of doing so, I can’t understand what on Earth people have to say and why I would want to hear all that random noise.  But isn’t Twitter similar to blogging?  Isn’t it just another venue to voice your opinions?  My rant today is more a question to any reader, how do you calculate the ramifications of what you write in the cyber realm?  It all feels so personal and yet there it is for the world to see.  I have a lot more research to do on blogging so I don’t bury myself before I really get going.  I have looked at so many different blogs in the last 2 weeks that I’m starting to get the idea but then all these questions start coming up.  For now I guess I’ll tread lightly, and while I’m at it I’ll post a few pics, comments are welcome.

K

Here are a few images that I took while serving in the Air Force…