Capture Episode 7

This is worth checking out. There are SO MANY subtle cues in this film I lost count after about twenty-five. I don’t know much about Helena, other than knowing her as a model, but she’s got some super solid work and probably knows as much about BEING photographed as any human on the planet. The other two are rightly considered legends. Oh ya, notice the prints….. Also notice the length…yes, this is an adult conversation.

14 Responses to “Capture Episode 7”

  1. lionelB says:

    Thank you. Though I now need to build yet more bookshelves …

    Are we witnessing a cultural extinction or are we just marking time until a fashion fad passes – as they always do ? That seems to be the most important underlying question.

    • Smogranch says:

      Lionel,
      I don’t any of this is going away, but I think what you are seeing is a slim margin of folks who are beginning to question the lifestyle.

  2. Watching MEM talk about how at one point in her career Hasselblad & Leica LOVED her, & now shun her because she never got on the digital bandwagon makes me sad & proud of her. She was and remains to be one of my all time favorite photographers. And i know why she has continued to be a stalwart analogue photographer. WHEN YOU USE FILM AND MAKE PRINTS THE END RESULT HAS A SOUL AND JUST PLAIN LOOKS BETTER!!!!!
    I’ve said this before. But 25 years ago, when I started taking pictures not everybody took pictures. Being a photographer was a skill, a skill that took MANY MANY years to become proficient in.
    Unlike you Dan, I was not about stories. I was about getting it all in ONE frame. One shot, one kill. I would love to learn more about sequencing images, something I don’t have a great handle on. Anyway sidebar…..

    Getting great images is as hard as trying to catch shooting stars while walking a tightrope—paraphrased from Guy le Querrec

    • Smogranch says:

      Eric,
      If you look at the camera companies they want the newest box in your hand. Shoot film and you guarantee you are never going to get sponsored. I understand that. These companies have built their futures on the hyper short buying cycle, and rightly so, because both the American market and Japanese markets have proven a willingness to buy more than one new camera per year. Once that reality was firmly in place the companies were off to the races. These companies aren’t really about photography, they are simply there to sell what the willing consumer is ready to buy, and apparently that is quite a lot. Most of these folks have never even heard of MEM.

  3. Jason Timmis says:

    Hola Amigo,

    I have just read through your last 2 weeks or so of posts and the video clip within this one with my Saturday morning coffee(s). They are all filled with great thoughts, feelings and insight on the world as usual. Really enjoyed this video / interview with the ladies and yes, the subtle cues combined with choice edits really jump out if one pays attention. Thanks as always for sharing.

    Keep on, keeping on!

    JT

    • Smogranch says:

      JT,
      Thanks for reading along. Yesterday I met a guy at a party in LA. He’s a producer. Just worked on a project in Latin America and on the set was a legendary still photographer. We spoke at length about this photographer and I had to explain to him, “There isn’t anyone coming along to replace this guy.” “That’s it, these guys end with his generation.”

  4. Greg Barth says:

    I spent a little time yesterday and caught up with with the blog. I then watched this and enjoyed it as well. But the crazy part was thinking about social media’s place in the world from the last few post while watching the end commercial with everyone begging for a Twitter follow or a Facebook like. I know it was not why you linked to the video but it kind of drove the point of previous posts home. I wound up feeling sorry watching “stars” whining for more attention. I assume they are all being decently compensated if not directly from their follower numbers then from some other reason related to followers. But it seems you have to work so hard to get noticed you may have used up your energy before you have come with anything worth being noticed for or “following.”

    Thanks for making me think a little-
    Greg

    • Smogranch says:

      Greg,
      Here is the part that puzzles me. MOST Of these folks aren’t compensated by their followings AT ALL. I know people with several hundred thousand followers who have never earned a penny from their audience. As a friend of mine, not a photographer, asked “I don’t get it, what is the point of having all these followers?” I think for most it’s about acceptance and being told they are doing good work. You do have a small group of people who understand and who harness their followings. If you look to the writing world, art world, etc, they are far more in tune to what these followings can actually mean. Photographers are getting there, some are already there, but most are spending 80%-90% of their time marketing. The problem with that is the 10% leftover isn’t really enough to make unique work.

  5. I had this video in my favs on youtube for a while. First Helena was one of my favorite models all time, second as you said, and I quote “The other two are rightly considered legends” so I enjoyed this video many many times. I have some more to my list that I simply love. Videos about photographers and their work and how they work/ed; and not about gear reviews ;-) As you said recently (I read you every week enven though I don’t comment, sorry I’m really bad at it), is quite sad than vids about gear reviews have zillion more views that videos interviewing the masters of this art.

  6. I enjoyed watching this video, thanks for sharing.

    The past few months I’m shifting my interests in photography from gear and content towards mostly content-based blogs and articles only. Besides, most gear reviews I read contain mediocre images.

    I’m currently reading Dan Winters’ new book Road To Seeing. It’s a book where the author tells about the path he has followed to become a professional photographer. It’s not about gear and technique, it’s about his interests and passions when he grew up, about his education and jobs, about the people he met, the workshops he followed, stories behind his portraits, etc. It’s a very interesting and inspirational book!

  7. Mike says:

    Thanks for the link, Daniel, and welcome back. I’m catching up on your recent posts; as always, your writings are discerning and illuminating. Your post about your newspaper days is excellent.

    Mike.

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