Over at the National Press Photographers Association’s web site, Jim Colton has put together a series of posts on building the perfect portfolio.
In the third part of the series, he quotes MaryAnne Golon of the Washington Post:
You need to care deeply about every image in your portfolio. If you don’t care about your pictures, why would anyone else?
Damn straight …
It’s a little past 5 p.m. and I’ve just closed up the Photo Cave. Spring semester 2013 is essentially done.
Well, except for the grading.
And conducting exit interviews early next week.
And then I’ll start teaching a Maymester class in a little over 10 days … still, the first-semester students have pixel-peeped and clicked their way through final projects and portfolios.
So, for them, I want to point them to a few photos by Carl Weese, who we were lucky enough to have visit us in the fall. Mr. Weese is not a photojournalist so much as a documentary photographer – and he’s a damned fine one at that.
As I’ve been catching up on his galleries (which you should spend some time with, especially frames 24 and 25 in this one) and absorbing his latest set of drive-in movie theater images, I came across this simple scene from near his home in Connecticut.
And that, to me, sums up a lot of this past academic year. At first glance, there were many not-so-great moments, students I did not connect with, leaving potential unrealized. But with a closer look, I am starting to see the structure, starting to see the little gestures and movements that I missed.
I’ve seen the barn all along, but I think I’ve been missing the duck.
The laws regarding our ability to make photographs in public places is pretty clear here in the United States. Across the ocean, though, the French are struggling to redefine privacy.
I don’t talk much about shooting weddings here, but I know a lot of my students and readers either shoot or think about doing those happy day photos. There’s a lot of value in it, both financial and creative.
But you don’t want to get too creative, if you can call this creative – the Daily Mail has the story of a wedding shoot come completely wrong.
Of course, the bride says of the photographer, “She said she was a pro.” Which leaves me wondering if they looked at a portfolio or checked any references …
(Thanks to Scott Powick for the link.)
I covered eight or nine Boston Marathons, I know a lot of the photographers who were at the finish line when the bombs went off today. My thoughts are with them as well as all of the victims – the scars of what they felt and saw will take a long time to fade.
I pray that every single friend of mine reaches out to someone, to talk through what they are feeling. We journalists play this tough guy role, that we can handle it. But nothing will ever prepare you for a scene like today. Nothing.
C.J. Gunther, Charlie Krupa, Elise Amendola, John Mottern, Jim Rogash and all the others – reach out. You helped us understand, please make sure you help yourself understand, too.
Time’s Lightbox blog has an interview with the Boston Globe’s John Tlumacki, and it is well worth reading.
Okay, so this is coming off of a PR website, but it’s still an excellent string of questions you should ask on your next job interview.
We all spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to answer questions, hoping that will convince the person on the other side of the table to hire us. What many don’t do is interview the potential employer to find out if this is the right job, the right environment, the right opportunity.
Yunghi Kim has a story up on National Geographic’s site about her efforts to get into Iraq at the start of the war a decade ago.
I hesitated before posting this because a casual read may encourage others to try what she did, to cause others to believe this wasn’t as difficult or harrowing as it probably was. With a decade’s worth of memories between the experience and the writing, there are sure to be details that have been left out.
Pencil this in your calendar … on Thursday, March 21, we will be hosting our second Business of Visual Journalism symposium here at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
We will have three talks in the afternoon, starting at 2, and all are open to the public.
First up will be Billy Howard, who just had a collection of his portraits of people with AIDS posted on CNN’s Photo Blog. He will be talking about the importance of personal projects and how to maintain a passion for photography while building your career. If you haven’t seen his Step Inside My Head package, you really need to.
At 3, Laurie Shock will talk about documentary photography and designing books. She recently completed two projects, one of which is already a favorite of mine – Arthur Grace’s America 101.
At 4, we will have a panel of UGA Visual Journalism alumni talking about how they got where they are now. On the panel will be Lindy Cordell (ABJ ’09), wedding and portrait photographer, Caroline Kilgore (ABJ ’07), photo director at Atlanta magazine, Jackie Reedy (ABJ ’10), communications consultant for Chik-fil-A, Ashley Strickland (ABJ ’10), assistant producer at CNN, Jon-Michael Sullivan (ABJ ’10), The Augusta Chronicle, and Autumn Vetter (ABJ ’09), recently at the Forsyth County News.
Come on out and spend an afternoon here in Athens, we’d love to see you.
Yes, another National Press Photographers Association-related post … the NPPA has a tuition grant program for professional still photographers. The grants can help pros attend some of the events the organization puts on, such as the upcoming Northern Short Course (one of my personal favorites).
One graf in this NPR piece by Coburn Dukehart says it all.
“I understand the poignancy of capturing a moment,” she says. “Photography is incredibly powerful when used appropriately, and all I am saying is, how about a little respect? Say who you are and get out of the bushes.”
Journalism is about people. It’s all, and only, and absolutely, about people. It’s about connecting people with people, subjects with audiences. When we don’t do our jobs, when we hide in the bushes, click, and turn away, that is not photojournalism. That’s photography and I mean that in the coldest, cruelest way.
Read the piece linked above. Don’t hunt, gather and share.