Received the below E-mail last night.
I’m not overly surprised.
Each time I tried a subscription I was ultimately disappointed by it. There were some good articles – don’t get me wrong – wasn’t all bad. But all the bloomin time they would have poor articles about things like SEO. I realise that I’m not the main target audience in that I’m not full time pro and don’t do any marketing – but almost every single time they did an SEO/Internet tools article it would be a brief introduction not going into any great depth or detail. Each time they’d do this it would cover the same well trodden ground. It just smacked of inviting some SEO consultant in to do a free piece – each time they’d obviously start from the beginning and not have enough space (or want to) give specifics. This happened on many such topics not just SEO – woo this is branding, this is SEO, this is Twitter……. then a month or two later …… this is SEO, this is Branding etc etc
There is an alternative – I recently picked up a copy of Photo Professional up from the SWPP convention. From chatting to the guy there – it seemed like several of their staff used to work at Professional Photographer. I’ve bought and read one back copy. Seemed Ok. I did like the fact that they organises all the business into one section, all the gear into one section etc – so if not interested in that you could easily skip it.
But personally – I’m going to go for a digital subscription from the US Magazine – Photo District News a.k.a PDN. Unfortunately PDN doesn’t have a distributor in the UK (I’ve asked several times) and the US to UK postage more than doubles the price – so I’m going to go digital.
A continuation of my personal photo project of friends with interesting jobs or past times – Jess de Wahls – again…
I’ve already photographed my friend Jess for this project but as mentioned then – that was for her hair stylist work. This time it’s for her artist side.
Jess has used several different media – including a fair bit of Acrylic on canvas but of late she has moved to using fabrics a lot. A lot of these have been recycled from garments etc in the past. A recent project of hers has been Monsters and Ink where she would make custom made creatures from recycled (or up-cycled) clothing – so that each piece would be unique and tailored to the customer or person donating the clothing. Recently she has moved towards making art pieces to hang but out of fabric and made to be 3D – she calls this process Retex-Sculpting.
Jess has recently launched an IndieGoGo campaign called #BigSwingingOvaries which is “an exhibition, exploring and incorporating art, feminism and recycling“. Her goals and inspiration for the show are:
I want to inspire people to overcome preconceptions about what it means to be a feminist.
I want to open conversation, not just between the genders but with everybody ho still believes that the notion of feminism is redundant.
I want to show, that something valuable can be created from things that others think are worthless
that something valuable can be created from things that others think are worthless
And most importantly,……………
I want to support a remarkable project called #techmums , lead and initiated by my friend Dr. Sue Black. An organisation, empowering women through tech.
Half of the proceeds from the pieces sold at the show will go to the #techmums cause.
In order to produce promotion material for the campaign and exhibition Jess needed some new images of her and her art and knowing I was keen to do a shoot along these lines, gave me a call. So we’ve just done a shoot this Monday and here are some of the results. You may see some on London underground posters soon!
As time was of the essence we had minimal time to plan and do the shoot and so maybe not as diverse a collection of images as we may otherwise have done – but generally happy with them. I had a bit of an issue with flash triggers as I’d only brought one receiver with me – having left the other plugged in at home – however after a bit of fiddling I was able to get the second speedlight to act as a slave/remote to the first with the radio receiver.
Techie bits: Nikon D800, 2x SB-800 on manual, Elinchrom Skyport trigger
Images are below.
Jess’ art websites
Big Swinging Ovaries
You’ve all likely seen the great looking Milk/Pinup photos by Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz.
While browsing another site – I came across a link to a behind the scenes video he’s done. Seems he has a few and I find them all rather good – to the point, informative, and inspirational.
It’s interesting how he makes things look so simple, yet puts a huge amount of planning and setting up into a couple of them (e.g. The Trial)
The videos on his site are here : http://aurumlight.com/!videos
Here a re a few:
Nice little video on/from Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson.
Talks briefly about how he became a photographer, “fell” into war/conflict photography and then out again.
Bit of an arty piece – uses words such as “engaged”, “conciousness” etc which all too often can be used in far too much of a high-brow manner, but in a very down to earth way. I appreciate that.
Unfortunately I can’t embed it – wordpress.com doesn’t like script embedding – boo WordPress/oolaya