Collecting Cameras New and Old.
Collecting cameras can be fun and inspiering, cheap and expensive. Like the most valuable camera to me is my first camera I got when I was 12 and it will never be for sale in my lifetime. With internet it has been very easy to find what you are looking for, ebay is an amazing place to find the rarest and best.
Old cameras you can find in pawn shops, flee markets, garage sales etc. Even some camera stores have old cameras for sale, I once bought a cool green Leica copy for 50 Euro in a camera store in Budapest. Cameras are so decorative and can be a great prop, it can also be a good investment. Like with all collecting it is usually best to collect 2 or more of something, that way you will be able to let go of one, and help finance the one you want to keep. To many collectors get stuck with all they buy because they can't let go of anything. I do know it's not easy to always get two of many cameras.
One great kind of cameras to collect is toy cameras, it's amazing how much it is to find, a kind friend of mine got me a digital Barbi about 10 years ago. Pink and all :-) His name is Michael Gilbert son of famous photographer Al Gilbert of Toronto, Canada. Some years ago he had an exhibition in The Photography Hall of Fame with 40 or so images displayed next to the toy camera he had taken them with. What a fun project, we need to keep photography FUN if we want to be our best as photographers.
I know I talk to much, so I will post a link that is great for camera collecting. Collectors Weekly.
If you want to see a fun online collection with great links, then go to my Pinterest gallery called "Cameras" the gallery have 1104 images and growing full of fun, rare, old and new cameras. I also have a gallery called "People with Cameras " which have 497 pictures in it,. This kind of collecting is even FREE and always available. Enjoy!
Underneath is an example of cameras some fun, some cool, some rare, but all enjoyable.
Kenneth the Crazy Viking.
A while back I came accross the works of british photographer Nick Veasey and it blew my mind!
BIO NICK VEASEY:
Nick Veasey was born in Kent (UK) in 1962. His work questions the way we look at what surrounds us, he says that 'the X-Ray is a honest process, it shows things for what they are, what they are made of. (…) It balances against all that glossy, superficial "bollocks". I'm real and straight forward, and so is my work.' Rather than creating images that spark one's desire to be someone else, it highlights the internal structure from which appearances originate. No matter the shape, the color, the texture, our everyday lives are made of molecules and we are all on an even footing. Awarded 'Photographer of the year' by I.P.A. in 2008, his X-Rays can be admired in many international collections, both private and public (Victoria & Albert Museum of London (V&A), the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, and even the Contemporary Art Museum of Taipei.
I think Nick can explain his work process much better then me, so I will post a couple of videos.
This 13 min long TED presentation gives you a great overview of how he works and think, I love his sense of humor.
Nick was comissend by Victora Secrets to photograph plants of all things.
I'm posting some of my favorite images. but if you go to my gallery named Nick Versey on Pinterest I have more then 160 images there + several videos. Most images links to articles and blog posts about him and jis work.
Nicky Veasey imagery utilised in a current Lucozade advert in Great Britain.
The second car I owned was a white Austin Mini 1000 I loved that car.
This video explain seceral things the Mini project, i took around 500 exposures to make this shot and I think I heard somewhere that the cost was around 20 000 Euro?
Love the use of space in this image.
Amazing use of space and a fantastic composition in my opinion.
I love Vespa's I used to have a White 1971 Vespa 125 Super worth a lot today....
Link to Nick Veasey's web site: nickveasey.com
His blog: http://www.nickveasey.blogspot.com/
Again, link to my Pinterest gallery with Nick with 160+ of his images +videos
My last blog post was called "The Power of Color" and showed pictures that truly is best in color. Today I want to show some great black and white images by some amazing photographers. I will only make a few short comments since I think these images clearly shows the power of black and white, not better then color but each style and technique have it's time in photography. I often say, enjoy the difference to people thats going to travel, or about food and also photography. Hope you will enjoy the master pieces with links in this post.
Lo Olschner, Hamburg, 1954 Photographer: F.C. Gundlach Ocelot coat by Berger
I think black and white sometimes is the perfect retouch tool and take away things in color in the picture that will fight for attention. It gives it a great peaceful feeling. This image is from 1954 and I do not think black and white has gotten any better over time.
I think Herb Ritts is one of the greatest photographers of our time. It was so sad when he died in 2002.He was only 50 and died of complications from pneumonia. One of the high lights to me was to see a whole exhibition of beautiful black and whites photographed in Africa. I find black and white very powerful in graphic images like this one.
One of the greatest photographers today is London based Norwegian photographer Solve Sundsbo (age 42) an extreemly talented photographer with a great ability to choose color vs black and white at the rigth time. Here is a link to tons of his work in Google images.
I love this image by Arnold Newman of Igor Stravinsky, New York, 1946 Many years ago I was fortunate to spend some time with Arnold Newman and his wife. They invited me to come and visit them in New York, but sadly enough he died before I was in New York the next time. An amazing photographer with a great heart and love for our profession and so willing to shear. RIP Arnold Newman.
I miss Irving Penn so much, what a master of B/W! Penn did 158 covers for Vogue, yes it is right One Five Eight which of course had a great influence on photography. I'm posting my all time favorite cover. It's the Vogue April 1950 issue, model is his swedish born wife Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn who he married the same year.
Amazing Black and White Modern Architecture Photography - Wajid Drabu
I want to finish this blog post with a great modern image by Wajid Drabu. This image would never been as powerful in color with all the colors it would contain.
We are fortunate to live in a time where we can deside after we shoot if color or black and white works best. Digital is great but I love good film shots in black and white printed on great silver based paper.
It is so many more great photographers I should have shown work from in this post, photographers like Richard Avedon, George Hurrell, Karl Lagerfeld etc etc. If you click on thier names in this paragraph it will take you to previous blogs I have done on them.
PS. ALWAYS remember english is my second language so bear with me :-)
"Colors have been the greatest inspiration and influence in human sociology and psychology. It can effect our moods, inspire us or even set a trend or a particular fashion" ~ Shaun Alexander.
First link today is from a blog post on Fashion Photography Blog entiteled:The Colors of the Rainbow are all around us.
Photographers have discussed their prefrences for color vs B/W since the birth of color film. I love both and one of them will always work better then the other. One of the greatest things about digital photography is how it gives you the oppertunity to decide later. I remember the days too well, when many of us would have 3-4 backs with different films for our medium format cameras or/and use multiple cameras.
COLOR THERAPY: A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HOME DECORATING is the name of the next blog post that deals more directly with the theraphy effect of colors, enjoy.
Third, we are going to look at a great illustration about the psychology of color. Here is a link if you wish to see it larger, I sure prefer that.
Fourth and last is a link to my Pinterst board called Color (good use of it, inspiring...)
On the board/gallery you will find about 150 images most of them with great links to blogs and articles on color. Just click on the images. I sure love colors and I hope you do to. This board/gallery is where I keep my inspiration from color images and also lots of educational info. The 3 images used in this blog is picked out from among the many images in that gallery.
In the afternoon my wife MaryLyn came home and told me Dr. Steven R. Covey had died. One of the most influential people on earth. When I was at his house to photograph him for the cover story of Utah Valley magazine in 2009 I had a wonderful experience photographing him.
When we where done and packing up the equipment, Dr. Covey asked if he could help us carry some equipment to the car!!!! It blew my mind, he was 75 and a super star, but he wanted to help me carry stuff. One of the things I remember him telling me while we where there was how he recently had been to India to train their government leaders on how to work together. India got more then 1.2 billion people, this is just one example of the influence he had on leaders of nations and so many more. His best selling book " 7 habits of highly effective people" has sold more then 20 mill copies!!! Who knows how many his other books have sold.
In the last 15 years or so I have started to take what I call mental pictures, photographing with my mind special situations I want to remember. That day at the Covey's house the picture I took to keep in my mind was very powerful and special. When we where about to leave Dr. Covey's wife Sandra came to say hello. She was in a wheelchair due to an accident. While we talked ( I had photographed Mrs. Sandra Covey a few years earlier in their home.) He was standing close to the wheel chair, then I saw something beautiful, they where holding hands in the most beautiful way, so much closeness and love. One part of me wanted to take out a camera, the other side of me made a better choice to engrave an image on my mind.
I been reflecting on what made me want to take this balcony picture while I was there. The one thing is how they love the view of the Provo LDS Temple. Looking at it again this week I think this is mayby what it was? In Norway the king and his family every independence day May 17th stay on a balcony at the castle and wave to all the people in the parade going bye. So here is my thoughts. Dr. Covey was an absolute king of his profession so her he is a kind of a king on the balcony.
I believe in eternal life and that we can be together again some day. Dr. Covey's also believe so and that faith must be the best comfort the family can have during such a hard time.