Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DIY camera stabilizer!

Fred Crown forwarded this link with instructions on how to make a compact, cheap and light camera stabilizer.  As a bonus, it won't take up much space in your gear bag!
The link is here
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Morning Musings - Sylwana Zybura

Sylwana Zybura a.k.a. "Madame Peripetie" combines fashion, make-up and a Surreal eye to make eye-catching and sometimes bizarre portraits.  You can see more work on her website:  http://madameperipetie.com.  There is also a nice feature on the Romanian website Oitzarisme.ro with many of her images if you are interested.



all images ©Sylwana Zybura

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Morning Musings - As seen on the NY Trip - Julie Blackmon

Beautiful weather and great photos!  What's not to love?  I thought it might be a nice time to share one of the group's favorites from the NY Trip on Friday.  Julie Blackmon's most recent photographs were on view at the Robert Mann Gallery.  Blackmon cites Dutch 17th Century painter Jan Steen as one of her major influences.  Her carefully staged images combine just enough order with just enough chaos.  For more images, you can visit her website.

All images below ©Julie Blackmon, enjoy!





Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Morning Musings - RIP Ray K. Metzker


Modernist photographer and Philadelphia resident Ray Metzker died last week.  He was 83 years old. Metzker was well known for his high contrast black and white images rich with light and pattern.  He created dizzying and sometimes elusive photographs both in-camera and using multiple negatives in the darkroom.  The New York Times has a complete biography and obituary here.   A few images to enjoy below. . . 









Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Morning Musings - Nicholas Nixon, 40 years of the Brown Sisters

©Nicholas Nixon - The Brown Sisters, 1975

©Nicholas Nixon - The Brown Sisters, 2014

In 1975, photographer Nicholas Nixon turned the lens of his 8x10 view camera towards his wife and her three sisters.  Although he did not know it at the time, he was about to begin on a 40 year project.  This year, Nixon made the 40th yearly portrait of the four sisters.  While each photograph is powerful as a singular image, the project is even more so when viewed as a series.  The NY Times has a nice description of the project along with all 40 images on their website here.  Enjoy.  


Congratulations to Suzan Gottshall and Ann Marie Luyando!


©Suzan Gottshall - "Passing Through" 2014 - will be exhibited as part of the InVision Photo Festival

Both Suzan and Ann had work selected for inclusion in the 2014 InVision College Photography Exhibition at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA.  The exhibition is part of the InVision Photography Festival.  Works were selected by Juror Larry C. Price.  An opening and awards ceremony will be held on November 7 from 6-9pm.  For more information:  http://www.bananafactory.org/events/olympus-invision-photo-festival/olympus-invision-photo-festival-exhibitions/

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Photography Exhibitions!

The fall is a great time to go out and see a photo exhibition.  If you are looking for something to do this weekend, here are a few suggestions:

Paul Strand


• Philadelphia Photo Arts Center - 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia
Three Themes - Contemporary Connections with Paul Strand
Photographs by Doug Rickard, Tanyth Berkeley and Paul Salveson
Through November 8

The Print Center - 1614 Latimer Street, Philadelphia
Day Job:  Steven Ahlgren, Justin Audet, Larry Fink, Chelsea Griffith, Bill McCullough and Benjamin Pierce
Through November 22

• Red Filter Gallery - 74 Bridge Street Lambertville, NJ
And Here We Are. . .  photographs by Kelli Abdoney and Sandy Alpert
Through November 2

• The Michener Museum, 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown
Nuit Blanche:  Photographs by Wendy Paton
Through December 7

• The Philadelphia Museum of Art
In Dialogue:  Wolfgang Tillmans - Through October 26
Paul Strand:  Master of Modern Photography opening October 21
The museum is "pay as you wish" on Wednesday evenings!