Archive for November, 2006
I was selected to attend the Eddie Adams Workshop in upstate New York with some of the greatest people in the industry. 50 professionals out of 500 top applicants from 17 countries applied for these sacred spots. Speakers and hands on editors included Directors of Photography at National Geographic, The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and at least four Pulitzer Prize winning photographers.
It was truly inspiring and intense. Some think of the workshop as a hazing process or boot camp. In total I was allowed about 8 hours of sleep in 4 nights. Eek.
A portion of the workshop is spent out in the field completing an assignment. I was selected to do my story in multimedia and will be posting it soon.
Had so much fun messing around in downtown Manhattan with future bride and groom Scarlett and Ivan. I will be photographing their wedding this fall in the Hamptons.
Deanna at Age 9, Virginia
After three weeks of wandering around the mountains without cell phone and computer I have to say…what an amazing experience. This trip was just as challenging as any of my international third world country adventures.
When photographing weddings and events everyone looks good, knows why I am there, and is prepared to be photographed. It is an extremely different experience to photograph strangers that don’t know you, your background or why you want to take their picture in the first place. The photographer is faced with the challenge of making their subject at ease despite these extenuating circumstances.
These last few weeks have reminded me how much a photographers energy and disposition effects the subjects willingness to let you into their world. To create honest imagery your subject has to let his or her guard down and truly trust your intentions even thought they don’t know who you are as a person or a photographer.
I am very pleased with the interactions I shared with the people of the Appalachian Mountains and the resulting images we created. Please stay posted to see upcoming imagery from the trip.
As I mentioned in a previous blog, I received a scholarship to attend one week workshop photographing in Appalachia. I decided to spend more time in the mountains and rented a car after the workshop ended. I have spent the last two weeks driving around Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia. Driving by myself in “the sticks” has been quite an adventure. The second day my car broke down in the middle of nowhere (with no cell phone service I might add) and I had to be towed to the nearest town, which was 1.5 hours away. The whole ordeal took around 5 hours, eek!
Today I went to a Baptist church ceremony in the town of Keystone; lets just say I was the only “white girl” in there. I have also explored coalmines, been invited in many persons homes, and spent a lot of time with the locals. Overall, it has been a great trip and I have created a lot of images I am really excited about.