VIDEO // "EDITING AND LAYING OUT A STORY" by Alexi Lubomirski

I like this short vid, it really highlights some great points which can be not only applied to Fashion. When editing any work it is great just to go with your gut and consider relationships that images have with each other ... enough paraphrasing just have a watch and learn from the man himself ... Alexi Lubomirski

Source (Alexi Lubomirski Youtube) (music "LIKE SWIMMING" by Broke For Free @tomcascino)

WHEN WILL MEDIUM FORMAT RETURN ? by ZACK ARIAS

Zack has written a great article asking the very question I go to sleep mumbling at night .... "when will a digital medium format affordable rangefinder be born" Like really, give me a Digital version of the 'Bronica RF645' and I will be the happiest man in pajamas. If your listening FUJIFILM, yes you. I have been as happy as punch with how you have taken chances and created what must be one of the most innovative and exciting photography brands on the planet. So I point the finger and say... "MEDIUM FORMAT X100 PLEASE'.

Now Zack is no Newb when it comes to Fujifilm. I am betting his little rant is 'more' than the ramblings of a mad man, but rather the eager ejaculator of well educated truths.

I am betting my fav pillow that Fujifilm are DEF bringing a 645 Medium Format interchangeable lens Rangefinder Camera to the photo world very, very, soon.

Build it and they will buy

I love medium format. I’ve always loved it. If you have never shot medium format, or a format above it, you are missing such a sublime and beautiful part of photography. DSLRs are fantastic. I wouldn’t be a photographer today if it weren’t for the Nikon D100. That 6 megapixel APS camera relaunched my career and I’m forever grateful for affordable digital gear like Nikons and Canons and Fujis and Sonys and the like. I can’t imagine life without them and I don’t want life without them, but life without medium format sucks.

Let me say that again for emphasis.

 

LIFE WITHOUT MEDIUM FORMAT SUCKS.

 

I’ve told this story many times and I’ll make this as brief as I can. A few years ago I attended an opening in Dubai presenting the work of the instructors teaching that year at GPP. One of the photographers showing work was Drew Gardner. His prints stopped me in my tracks. My jaw hit the floor. I got really, really close to them. He walked up beside me and I began to say, “There’s something about these prints…” He stopped me and simply replied, “Phase One, mate. Medium format.”

It was then and there that I began putting a Phase One into my budget. I was going to have a medium format again.

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VIDEO // Photographer Ryan Muirhead by James John

One Photographers journey ... click the image below for a very personal and insightful short film about one mans efforts to deal with Social Anxiety and Depression through the creative process of photography. Ryan Muirhead  shares some of the struggles along the way. Captured beautifully by James John.

I sat down with Portland based film photographer Ryan Muirhead and we spoke about Depression, Anxiety, Suicide, and his journey into becoming the well known photographer that Ryan is today.
Making this documentary style interview film with Ryan was a moving and much needed experience for me. I got into film making to connect with people and share stories to help eachother, along the way I lost my direction and hit a huge emotional challenge, but it was needed, I needed to stop and look at my map.
Ryan tells an insightful story about his journey through depression and his daily battle with anxiety in this film, and we learn a lot more about what means to be Ryan Muirhead. 
Ryan is driven by photography and especially film photography helps him cope through his challenging times. 
Talking, Hanging, Filming with Ryan and making this film helped me to reconnect with my passions and meanings. 
My SSD drive failed while finishing this project, so this was actually meant to be the 1st cut what you are seeing, but here it is.
I hope you enjoy the film.
James John. 

Source ( James John Vimeo) via (Chris Weeks Facebook)

Arrivals and Departures: The Road of Bones

Danish photographer Jacob Aue Sobol plans to bring his photo series, “Arrivals and Departures,” to a close with a journey along Siberia’s “Road of Bones,” the chilling highway constructed by prisoners sent to Soviet forced labor camps between 1932 and 1953. His photographs will capture “life, solidarity, and humanity in the coldest inhabited areas on earth”:

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