Nov 30 2018

CHRIS LESKOVSEK

NAME:

Chris Leskovsek

LOCATION:

A little village called New Zealand

WEAPONS OF CHOICE:

Some digital cameras that don’t look cool to list here, with 28mm, (40mm), 55mm lenses.

WORDS TO LIVE BY:

Photograph to stay awake and be present.

HEROES:

storm thorgerson, salvador dali, dieter rams, andy warhol, henry rollins, daido moriyama, sergio larrain, saul leiter

MOVIES:

The Terminator 2, Snatch, Rosso Profundo (deep red), The Secret in their eyes (and most of Ricardo Darin’s movies), Amores Perros, Pan’s Labyrinth, Up, Twin Peaks (not the movie but the TV show, love it, recently watched it again)

LINKS:

Site – www.chrisleskovsek.com
IG – @chris_leskovsek

Nov 27 2018

Down by the Hudson

Photos by Caleb Stein
Text by Amitava Kumar

I don’t know what post-industrial decline means. It is a vague notion in my head. Boarded-up homes, the husk of dead factories with broken windows and overgrown grass, businesses gone to seed. And the people? The people are missing in this picture of decay in my mind. When I first came to Poughkeepsie fifteen years ago, I was told by an academic that while there were pockets of prosperity in Hudson Valley, this town had suffered from post-industrial decline. I’m not a sociologist and I cannot say with certainty if such a statement is even true. But what draws me to Caleb Stein’s images is that he provides us the people missing from my mental picture. And what’s surprising about these images, no, what’s honest about them is that instead of people, we get faces. Individual lives. Their wealth of stories and secrets are shielded from us—mysteries that we cannot part—but we wonder and ask questions because that is what I think the photographer himself is doing. Hello? How are you? How is your day going? I imagine him asking this over and over again with the same people who then begin to treat him as a neighbor that he undoubtedly is. The photographer as everyman. On the street, in parks, and at the watering hole where we see that his eye is as clear as the water. Consider the remarkable image of the Prom Boy, a picture taken on the street on which I live. This image does fill me with wonder. Such a fine, even tender, mix of contradictions: the large flower in the buttonhole, the bandage on the nose, the slightly askew bowtie, the bruised eye, the stubbornly dignified gaze… I could go on. I don’t know whether I’m right or wrong in saying any of this about the young man. All I can be certain about is that this is what living is about, this tussle with the real, this strange encounter across divisions of race and class, in a rectangular visual space. This is life.

http://caleb-stein.squarespace.com/

Nov 24 2018

TOM SOUZER

NAME:

Tom Souzer

LOCATION:

Pittsburgh PA

WEAPONS OF CHOICE:

XPRO 1 with a 28mm/50mm equivalent or my phone.

WORDS TO LIVE BY:

Shoot what you feel and feel what you shoot.

FIRST KISS:

7th Grade I think? Haha.

BOOKS:

The Americans (Frank), Wayward Cognitions (templeton), The Family of Man, Arthur Pollock, Earthlings (kalvar), Mean Streets (Grazda), and The Animals (Winogrand)

LINKS:

Website – http://www.tomsouzer.com
IG – @tomsouzer

Nov 22 2018

Everybody Street

This is from Chris Leskovsek

I still remember when I landed in NZ back in 2011 and I took my camera out (the studio) for the first time as a sole means to make sense about this new world around me. I was homesick, depressed, and wandering but it quickly became a form of self expression about my fears, what I like and dislike about society, document new places and meeting new people.

Yet it wasn’t until sometime in 2012, while talking to a creative director, when he mentioned to me that some of my photos reminded him of Daido Moriyama. To whom? I said. Then, after reading about this graphic designer turned photographer, the term ‘street photography’ came about. Google didn’t offer much at the time, other than Cartier-Bresson and Magnum, however ‘Everybody Street’ came up as a Kickstarter campaign. I clicked and thought, how interesting.

Fast forward to 2013 when the movie came out and luckily for me it was immediately available to purchase online, so I bought it right there, the whole deal you know with the extras and what not, through Vimeo. Hit ‘play’ and I still remember the opening line from Joel Meyerowitz when he says, “…some photographers go to the street and other photographers go to the studio… some people want to pretend its a movie and some other photographers step into the world and say ‘show me'”.

It clicked with me on so many levels at the time and still does in many ways. I think this is a movie that celebrates photography in it’s pure sense. A bunch of NY photographers, young and old, from different paths in life that photograph the odd, the funny, the bad and anything in between about our everyday life and celebrate the importance of telling our stories not just as photographers/artists, but as human beings and using perhaps one of most democratic mediums we have at our reach, a photo camera.

If you haven’t seen it, well now it’s free and I think its a must regardless if you are or not into the whole label of ‘street photography’. I think there’s something in there for everyone simply interested in the act of photography itself.

So now you know the drill… get some snacks and drinks, don’t forget those one… yeah… no… the other ones, yeah those cheeky ones!… and play it even if you have seen it already, just do it! Now it’s free!

PS. I found about Hamburger Eyes through this movie while researching more about Cheryl and Boogie, true story!

Nov 20 2018

The Shot

Photo by Arthur Pollock

I got a few messages about, “How do you get THE shot?” I believe this is what the life long study of photography is all about. We tried to answer that HERE and HERE and HERE and come to think of it, the entire existence of this blog and our photo zine is the exploration of this question.

A couple variants also came in, “How do you get into these certain situations?” and “How do you get these portraits?” The questions weren’t directed towards me, they are referring to the photos we publish.

I think, my opinion, that you are shooting 1 of 2 things. That is your story OR someone else’s story. It is up to you how detailed you want to tell that story. Some of the most detailed descriptive stories you see in Life Magazine or National Geographic or New York Times took months or years to photograph.

But how? For your story, I say shoot everything. Edit later. Figure out what it is you are trying to say. Even though it is fake as fuck, you could argue that the Kardashians are simply just master story tellers. Something in their story, not sure what, resonates with millions of people.

On the other side, in journalism they call your contact person the “fixer”. So find a story and find the person that will fix you up deep into that story. Figure out where the story begins and where it ends and shoot it.

How do you get the portrait? Ask politely. Or don’t. Either way, shoot and move on.

Nov 19 2018

BEINGS

Photo by Caleb Stein

Thinking about being today. I think for a while we are “trying” photography then “doing” photography, but sooner or later you start “being” photography.

Your camera and body and computer with internet become a single unit set to record all thoughts and actions. Mostly because you don’t know what else to do.

It’s ok. Everyone must have a task. That task is to be yourself at all times.

Nov 15 2018

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