Saturday, November 21, 2009
Painting by Gerhard Richter, 1966
Digital Photograph by Michael Somoroff, 2004
I don't know; what do you think? It might be flattery but it might also be thievery.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Photograph of General Dwight D. Eisenhower speaking to paratroopers before they are to be dropped behind enemy lines at Normandy for the D-Day invasion. Many of them did not survive.
To all Veterans, we salute you, and thank you. Godspeed.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
You've seen one photograph of a lion, and well, you've probably seen it a million times -- it is pretty tough to not get the same kind of shot if you're lucky enough to go on safari.
HOWEVER, in the case of Nick Brandt, the virtual stamping of his name consistently from one photograph to the next is one wonder unto itself. Even more astounding is the intimacy and almost human like quality of these magnificent animals that he is able to capture. It is as if he establishes a rapport with them and he gets not only their permission but garners their cooperation.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
I'm posting a photograph of bats. Leave it to National Geographic to provide shivers with their requisite strong photography.
These baby bats were rescued by the Australian Bat Clinic after a violent storm threw hundreds of them to the ground.
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Photo: Newspix/Rex USA
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Immediately after Meghan McCain (daughter of Presidential hopeful, John McCain) posted a self portrait on Twitter, the nation went abuzz and a brouhaha ensued. I have to admit, the scandal (although I can't tell you exactly what the scandal is) prompted me to Google her and then immediately look up The Daily Beast where she is a columnist. The Daily Beast is now bookmarked on my computer.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
For fall enthusiasts and Ansel Adams aficionados, you can pick this up at Christie's auction house for somewhere between $9,000 and $12,000. A steal compared to the $1,609,000 for an Edward Weston 1925 nude from Sotheby's in 2008.
Leaves, Alaska, 1948
© Ansel Adams
These are but three of the masters. Helmut Newton (with Alice Springs, his wife, to the right), Irving Penn, and Richard Avedon (with Sophia Loren).
Since I am a fiend for self portraits, I will continue to post them and if you'd like to share your finds or your own, please email me.
Monday, October 26, 2009
I'm big on omens and since the Yankees just made it into the World Series, what better time to go live?! (www.kritinaknief.com)
Here is a poignant and beautiful photograph of Babe Ruth with a fan.
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1929 / The New York Times
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Part of me wanted to include this shot on my current website but then the other part of me said:
- --You're only as good as your most current work.
- --Maybe it's dated.
- --The dresses should be tighter.
- --But wait -- I styled the whole thing!
- --I directed the make-up!
- --This was one of my first tests! And I put this together on the cheap. Models, hair & make-up, accessories, returnable wardrobe from Bloomies -- everything -- FREE!
I asked my web designer for his input -- gave him the disclaimer that I knew it didn't really fit with the other work and he came back to say, "as far as the 80s shot ...". Right then and there I knew I was TOO CLOSE TO IT. "The 80s shot."
Lesson Learned: Sometimes a photographer is too close to their work to be a good editor.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Starting with art and then setting out to document it would seem like an advantage of sorts, even cheating, but then again, if you do the art justice, THAT takes talent, finesse and empathy. Julius Shulman was just that sort of photographer -- he possessed a knowingness and appreciation for the nuances of great architecture.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Full-frame versus cropping -- to be or not to be.
To "be" is to shoot full-frame. "Not to be" would suggest that if you didn't frame your shot just right when shooting, cropping it afterward is in order to SAVE the shot, hence, you didn't really get the shot you wanted.
Well, that's the purist school of thought anyway.
If given my druthers, I'd never crop. With digital, however, I not only crop like mad, I manipulate the heck out of images. We have the luxury to SAVE images that way. We have the luxury to imprint mediocrity with something splendid. Digital is uber-forgiving and I'd even go so far as to say that if you don't like the shot and you don't like the crop or the manipulation, hey -- just blend it all together with some elements from another rejected shot and you could conceivably come up with a masterpiece.
That isn't to diminish the finished product when its rendered through digital imaging, but for those who are process aficionados, there is something to be admired about capturing the final image at the very moment you expose the film.
I sound highfalutin but the truth is, I really believe that shooting full frame and the deliberate nature of it is an art unto itself. It used to be touted as the respectable way of shooting when you're talking about film. But then, everything seemed more precious with film.
Shooting full-frame is a WAY OF SEEING which means a way of arranging what appears in your viewfinder.
When you compose your shot deliberately so that every corner of the frame is considered, it cannot be denied that that is a more PURE way of taking a photograph. There is no after-thought on which to rely. Sure, I can thoroughly appreciate manipulated images and the painter's mindset that accompanies post-production imagery, but I can tell you that it is exceptionally moving when a powerful image is rendered just at the moment the shutter is clicked.
Shooting full-frame is an art. Cropping is an after-thought. A good crop can produce better art but the better photographer can produce imagery with no cropping at all. : )
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Snapshots are folk art and you can't discount folk art as an art form. Think of snapshots as today's Daguerreotypes to one day be collectibles of the future. (Okay -- not a great analogy since Polaroids would be a better one.)
Point is, with snapshots, families tend to create traditional styles of shooting. While growing up, my family was big on dinner table shots. I'm pretty sure this had to do with my parents always being dressed up fancy and my mother having had the table done up just so. If it was Thanksgiving, a turkey would grace the table, if a birthday, a birthday cake, but other than that, it was always sans food and seriously static.
Currently, the tradition with my kids is that my oldest winks in all the shots and my youngest intentionally closes his eyes.