The adventure with one of Nikon’s greatest lenses continues! I often get asked why I have this lens. Well, it takes a little self reflection to answer that question. I’m a people person. I’m the happiest when our travels are rewarded with meeting new folks and listening to interesting stories. Simply looking at a pretty landscape doesn’t really do it for me. Let’s put it another way…the day I visit China, and I have the choice of going to the Great Wall or having dinner at a local family’s home….I’m going to dinner. In short, people are far more interesting than any of the 7 wonders. This is the very reason I have the Nikon 24mm 1.4. It is an incredible environmental portrait lens. The field isolating power of a 1.4 aperture, even on a wide lens, is remarkable. However, because it is a wide lens you simply can’t sneak a photo of some unsuspecting person. Nope, you have to engage in a conversation with that person, earn their trust, and then ask to photograph them. That’s the the real beauty of this lens. You need to know the person’s story before you can tell it with the photograph. I spoke with John for a good 1/2 hour before I made this image. Although I started this series with the Caddy…this lens is about people!
This is Reptar. They are a groovy band from Atlanta. Since this site is all about sharing creativity and good news, I thought I would share their music with you. If you looking for some fresh new tunes for your iPod, I highly recommend you download their album (link below). We met them at a truck stop on our way to Salt Lake City. Their bio-diesel converted tour bus caught my eye so I sparked up a conversation with them. As you can tell they even let me do a little rock-n-roll portrait work in the bus. Before we parted ways, they were kind enough to give us a copy of their new CD which turned out to be the soundtrack for our entire week long adventure in the Nevada Desert.
This is John, we met him in a ghost town in eastern Nevada. He has lived here since 1974. Prior to that he was crew chief in the US Air Force. Not only does John coordinate the fire department, he also curates the museum. When we arrived in this small town the museum was closed. It took a local resident that drove to John’s house to let him know that he had visitors. He arrived shortly thereafter, let us in, and proceeded to tell us about the town and its history. After an hour or so, we had to hit the road. We left a modest donation and thanked him for his time.
If you remember back to a post I shared a couple weeks ago about trying to discover your calling, you might recall a bit I shared about my own. I mentioned that I personally enjoy meeting unique people in interesting places and sharing their story with a photograph. It’s something I haven’t done much of in the past, but it’s something I hope to do more of in the future. As regulars here, do you enjoy learning about the people that make this world unique? I’d be curious to hear your thoughts. Thanks!
As for today’s clue…the experiment I was conducting had to do with a tenant of this site. Anymore guesses?
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No one gets more excited about news over here at HOSSedia, than my mom…so this screen shot is really for her. However, I do have some exciting news to announce. Yup, I have a new publisher. I have officially joined the powerhouse eBook publisher Flatbooks.com. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. If you have read my about page, you know Trey Ratcliff has been listed there as one of my favorite photographers for the last 5 years. Being asked to bring my books to his publishing house, was like getting asked to go on tour with Led Zeppelin! I considered writing about my experience with Flatbooks today, which has been nothing but amazing, but I decided to do something a little different and try to articulate my feelings about the eBook publishing industry and its impact on the world.
It’s no secret that eBooks are changing the landscape of the publishing industry. There has been quite a bit written about it, but I don’t know if anyone has argued (at least is a formal way) that eBook publishers are going to make the world a better place. That being said, I decided to call upon a little epistemology and do my best to make the argument that eBook publishers (in this case Flatbooks.com) will indeed make the world a better place.
- First Premise (Mine) – If you visited the ‘about me’ link above, you know I believe that sharing the beauty of this world will make it a better place because art, whether it is visual or literary, transcends the boundaries that divide us and therefore brings us closer together. Which I think is a good thing.
- Second Premise (Chase Jarvis) – Chase Jarvis, another favorite photographer of mine, penned an inspiring article about the Create->Share->Sustain cycle. He argues that you not only need to create and share, but you also need to be able to sustain the Create->Share cycle.
- Third Premise (Trey Ratcliff) – As the founder of Flatbooks, Trey Ratcliff provided some interesting insight into the world of eBook publishing in his article ‘Why eBooks Will Be Much Bigger Than You Can Imagine‘. In short, eBook publishing is going to be a success (I would argue already is) largely because it operates at much larger profit margins and leverages a more robust ‘word of mouth’ advertising (i.e. social network).
- Conclusion – I think I should start this with ‘Therefore’…so….Therefore, because of a successful publishing industry that allows artist to sustain their Create->Share cycle, more artists are able to share the beauty of the wold that traditional publishers would ignore. Because we as artists are able to share more of the beauty of the world, the eBook publishing industry and the artists it supports will make the world a better place.
Seldom Seen Slim
Meet ‘Seldom Seen Slim‘…I was lucky to catch a glimpse of him. You know, because he is seldom seen. If you have followed the ‘Life @ 24 1.4′ adventure over at Google Plus, you know I am making my way through the Nevada Desert and headed to the middle of nowhere. I met Slim today on the start line of the Bonneville Salt Flats. He heads up course closures. He makes sure people like me aren’t driving on the course when cars are setting records at 462 mph. Feel free to follow on Google Plus, or check back tomorrow.
As a long time guitarist, I love listening to the trios of the Caribbean. They bring so much expression and personality to their playing. Not only is it music to the ears, their gesture (Jay Maisel word) makes for some great photographs. I really enjoying cruising the streets late at night with a fast lens (50mm 1.4 in this case) and photographing people with available light. Because it’s not an intimidating lens, it still maintains a level of intimacy. Speaking of lenses, I just added a new 1.4 to the story telling kit. You should see it in full effect next week.