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Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.

While browsing through the internet I regularly come across on very interesting article about photography and visual culture. Here is to share a new selection of handpicked articles and links.

“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”
(David Alan Harvey)

Es ist wieder Zeit aus den vielen Seiten im weltweiten Netz in loser Folge handverlesene Artikel und Links aus den Bereichen Fotografie, Visuelle Kultur u.a. zu teilen.

50 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1967
A half-century ago, protests erupted around the world against the Vietnam War, Montreal hosted Expo ‘67, race riots in the U.S. destroyed parts of Detroit and other northern cities, Elvis Presley married Priscilla in Las Vegas, O.J. Simpson was a running back for the University of Southern California, Israel fought and won the Six- Day War against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, the 20th Century Limited passenger train made its final run from New York to Chicago, and much more.

“Intro sequence to “Abstract”. I drew this on the car window while driving with the film crew.”
Chrsitoph Niemann is a visual storyteller and created already many cover for The New Yorker. He connects creativity, humour, art and visual storytelling to an unique work. (via Christoph Niemann)

Behind the scenes at the Baftas 2017 – in pictures
Great b/w photo scenes with some candid shots taken at the Baftas 2017.
With exclusive backstage access, Guardian photographer Sarah Lee captured the stars’ preparations, the parties and the red carpet atmosphere of this year’s British Academy film awards.

Hengki Koentjoro is a master in black and white photography.

Tips for Long-term Photographic Projects (Magnum Photos)
Are you thinking for a long term project in photography. Here are five lessons in developing and sustaining a long-term photographic project from Magnum and industry insiders. for example: Have a mission statement

The city that sleeps: deserted New York City
New York is home to more than 8 million inhabitants but Genaro Bardy has managed to photograph the city devoid of people. Part of a wider project called Desert in the City, which includes London, Paris and Rome.

Photos of NYC in the early 1970s
In the early 1970s, Camilo José Vergara trained his camera on scenes of everyday street life in New York City. His photographs captured kids playing on the street, subway cars before graffiti, sections of the Bronx that look bombed out, and the construction of the World Trade Center in progress.

Landscapes within landscapes
Artist Laura Plageman, who works in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she grew up, manipulates her photographs physically rather than digitally. In her ongoing series Response, she alters sea and landscapes and forest scenes to create something she describes as being “both a truth and a fiction”.

Cut in two: travels along the US-Mexico border
Borderproject2017 aims to document life on both sides of the US/Mexico border. Three AFP photographers, Jim Watson, Yuri Cortez, and Guillermo Arias, spent ten days travelling along the 2,000 mile frontier from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

Sony world photography awards 2017 shortlist
Some incredible photography shortlisted in this year’s Sony World Photo Awards.

Land of blood and honey: David Rubinger’s Israel
In memoria. David Rubinger’s images of Israel showed the chaos and humanity behind the headlines.

Linda Wisdom – Light Chaser
“My Light Chaser series of images has been an ongoing project for about 8 years, pretty much since I discovered my passion for street photography. As a street photographer and self-confessed ‘light chaser’, my eyes automatically gravitate towards ‘interesting light’ (whether man-made or natural), and using it in a creative manner.”
English photographer Linda Wisdom is a master in street photography and in black and white photography.

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You don’t take a photograph, you make it

While browsing through the internet I regularly come across on very interesting article about photography and visual culture. Here is to share a new selection of handpicked articles and links in English/German.

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
(Ansel Adams)

Es ist wieder Zeit aus den vielen Seiten im weltweiten Netz in loser Folge handverlesene Artikel und Links aus den Bereichen Fotografie, Visuelle Kultur u.a. in Deutscher und Englischer Sprache zu teilen.

Martin U Waltz is one of my favourite photographer. Living in Berlin, he loves among other things the combination of rain and street photography. Since rain changes the mood and the city completely, he write in his good read article. 3 tips for amazing street photographs in the rain. And the first tip is “Bring an unbrella”.
How to shoot street photography in the rain

The unknown hue of blueish light is hidden for the human eye, but the photography shows us things we otherwise overlook, such as a simple traffic light on the street.
Traffic lights by photographer Lucas Zimmermann

Arcticphotography. Timo Lieber´s aerial shots of the lakes forming on the Arctic ice cap are a beautiful but chilling reminder of the impact of climate change.
Timo Lieber’s Arctic photography

Street Photography from Berlin by Oliver Krumes, 2016/2017.

Trekking and dessert photography taken in Iran. Iran’s Dasht-e Lut with its giant dunes, salt plains and kaluts provides an epic journey of breathtaking beauty and wilderness, as seen in these images from a 15-day trek with Secret Compass.
Trekking Iran’s Lut desert: a wild, remote adventure – in pictures

Philippe Halsman’s photos of celebrities jumping (Richard Nixon, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, etc.). For a period in the 1950s, Halsman ended his portrait shoots by asking his famous subjects to jump. The results were disarming. Follow the link and Jump

What makes a photo great? 4 key elements: Design, Information, Emotion, and Timing.
The 4 Key Elements that Make a Great Photo

Excellent article by Amanda Petrusich about John Cale´s Inventive Retrospection and his great back catalogue.

Above and beyond: a selection of the world’s best drone photography from SkyPixel’s 2016 in pictures.

Love this. Harold Feinstein’s shots of ordinary New Yorkers helped kickstart the street photography boom.
Coney Island, baby! The romance of mid-century New York

Ignore the Super Bowl and follow the beautiful photo essay! It is “Superb Owl” Sunday. (with 28 images)

Ein richtig tolles Interview was Jochen Wegner für das ZEIT-Magazin mit dem Amerikanischen Schriftsteller William Gibson, der u.a. den Cyberspace erfand, über die Zukunft. Bitte hier weiterlesen…

Joachen Wegner: Mr. Gibson, warum gibt es noch Bücher?

Gibson: Weil alle Alternativen nicht befriedigend sind. Ein physisches Objekt, das 300 unterschiedliche Screenshots darstellt, aber keine Elektrizität benötigt und für die Ewigkeit ist, wenn Sie es einigermaßen warm und trocken halten, ist eine verblüffende, hochmoderne Technologie. Mit der ersten elektromagnetischen Pulswaffe, die über Ihrer Stadt ausgelöst wird, werden alle anderen Informationen zerstört sein. Aber Ihr Buch ist noch da.

Und in eigener Sache. Seit Januar schreibe ich zusammen mit dem Bloggerfreund Gerhard in seinem Blog “Kulturforum” eine Artikelserie rundum “Black Music”. Im “Soul Family Tree” geht es um Musik, vom Blues über Soul, Funk, Jazz bis zur Moderne was den Hip Hop z.B. mit einbezieht. Bislang sind 6 Artikel erschienen und der nächste wird wie immer Freitags erscheinen. Ich wünsche mir für die Serie viele Leser. Nicht darum weil ich meistens die Artikel schreibe, sondern weil das Thema “Black Music” spannend ist und einfach einen größeren Blograum braucht.
Bitte hier weiterlesen…

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Interesting and readable stuff I found in the internet while looking around. This week’s Bookmarks (English and German Selection) in Photography, Media, Arts and Culture and Entertainment.

It is getting cold outisde. Please have a look on Nicole Hunziker fantastic Instagram-Site

I love dogs. Shake (Video via Vimeo)

Buster Keaton Was Amazing: He did all of these stunts himself. All of them!

Beautiful Photos of Trees Frozen in Subzero Temperatures – Italy-based photographer Niccoló Bonfadini captures a unique sight of the season in which trees are completely overwhelmed by snow and ice in subzero temperatures. Trees in very cold weather look AMAZING.

Impressive Art On Coffee Cups – This man draws some rather incredible things on standard coffee cups.

The Tate Wants Your GIFS – On this occasion, the venerable institution is asking that people make gifs of some of its catalogue works and submit them to their website.

Artist Transforms Books into Exciting Sculptural Stories – Ships, monsters, and mermaids pop out of books handcrafted by Delta, Pennsylvania-based artist Jodi Harvey-Brown (aka wetcanvas).

Bill Murray on Ask Me Anything. (via reddit)
“What movie was the most fun to act in?” Bill Murray: Well, I did a film with Jim Jarmusch called Broken Flowers, but I really enjoyed that movie. I enjoyed the script that he wrote. He asked me if I could do a movie, and I said “I gotta stay home, but if you make a movie that i could shoot within one hour of my house, I’ll do it.”

Cartoon of the week by The New Yorker about Communication Problems

Escape the Snow With Google’s Virtual Tour of Remote Hawaiian Island

Brighton Fog – The seaside town of Brighton, England, is most visited during the summer month. “We much prefer to call on this city by the sea in autumn or winter, when the crowds disperse and the cityscapes take on a dark, atmospheric tinge.”

Dakar Rally 2014 – The competitors have traveled more than 8,000 km during their journey. They travel via motorcycle, quad bike, car, or truck over extreme terrain in three countries in South America. Competitors and support crews come from more than 50 countries to challenge their mechanical, driving, and orienteering skills.

Underwater Art – The world of competitive aquarium design, or aquascapin.

The Wolf of Wall Street VFX Highlights – Le studio Brainstorm Digital, in charge of special effects on the last film by Martin Scorsese The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has recently unveiled a video showing the making of the creation of different visual effects.

LOL! Polaroll

German Bookmarks
Aufgehängte Wäsche von Unbekannten

Eine kleine feine Linksammlung zu Arno Schmidts 100

Richard Gutjahr über das Wunderkind von Yahoo Nick D´Aloisio und im Interview. Bemerkenswert finde ich, mit welchem Selbstbewusstsein der 18 Jährige auftritt. Zudem hat das was er sagt größten Teils Hand und Fuss. Und die Idee und Umsetzung seiner Nachrichten-App “Yahoo! News Digest” ist auf den ersten Blick simpel wie genial.
For the english version, this way please.

Eine Leseempfehlung die sich lohnt, ist “Das Altpapier“, eine tägliche Kolumne über Medienthemen im Fernsehen und Print. Die Artikel sind gut kuratiert und pointiert geschrieben. Ein Muss für jeden die/der sich für Medienthemen interessieren.

Video of the week
Adventure is calling – “During those 2 months, we traveled across 32 states , visited 13 national and state parks, and drove nearly 13,000 miles in a (somewhat) trusty old Dodge Caravan… with no cruise control. It was an adventure that gave us many memories that we will all hold onto for many years to come. I think that everybody needs to take a trip and have their eyes opened to just how beautiful this world is and how much is really out there.”


20 Effective Tips For Any Photographer

123clicks selected some inspiring and priceless one liner for any photographer. I selected from the list 20 tips, which I think are really worth to read. You will find all other tips on 123clicks (Link below)

1. Learn the rules first to break them effectively.
2. The best way to learn the art of composition is by studying paintings.
3. Filling the frame doesn’t mean you are a better street photographer.
4. When on travel, respect the characters you shoot.
5. If you want to be an artist, money comes last.
6. There can’t be a beginning to your talent, you already have it!
7. Carry less shoot more.
8. The best camera is the one you have.
9. Practice and passion are the key for your survival.
10. Street Photography is more than shooting hands, crows and dogs.
11. The background is as important as your foreground subject.
12. Shoot something which surprises you.
13. Composition can’t be learned, it has to be practiced.
14. Shooting nature will take you one step closer to meditation.
15. There are no mistakes in photography only lessons.
16. Art is greater than you and your ego.
17. Street Photography is not about shooting the poor and homeless.
18. A good photographer is the one who hides his mediocre works.
19. Be open to criticism if you have expectations.
20. Passion is with all ultimate searches and is necessary to your creative life.

“Practice them perfectly with whole heartedness to see you elevate as a better photographer.”

Ich habe die 20 Tipps ins Deutsche übersetzt.

20 Tipps für besseres Fotografieren, für alle Fotografen

1. Lerne zuerst die Regeln und dann breche sie wirkungsvoll.
2. Der beste Weg die Kunst der Bildkomposition zu lernen, ist das Sehen und Studieren von Bildern und Gemälden.
3. Einfach das Bild auszufüllen, ohne etwas zu erzählen, bedeutet nicht, das du ein besserer Straßenfotograf bist.
4. Wenn du auf Reisen bist, respektiere zuerst die Menschen, die du fotografieren möchtest.
5. Wenn Du ein Künstler sein möchtest, bedenke, dass das Geld als letztes kommt.
6. Es gibt keinen Starttermin für dein Talent: du trägst es bereits in dir.
7. Trage weniger Kameraausrüstung mit dir und fotografiere mehr.
8. Die beste Kamera ist die, die du dabei hast.
9. Praxis, Lernen und Leidenschaft sind die Schlüssel zum Erfolg.
10. Straßenfotografie ist mehr, als Hände, eine Menschenmenge, Tiere wie Hunde zu fotografieren.
11. Der Hintergrund ist genauso wichtig, wie der Vordergrund.
12. Fotografiere etwas was dich überrascht. Z.B. Details aus dem Alltag oder deiner Umgebung.
13. Bildkomposition kann nicht erlernt werden. Sie muss praktiziert werden und am besten täglich.
14. Fotografieren in der Natur bringen dich näher zur Meditation bzw. hat etwas meditatives.
15. Es gibt keine Fehler in der Fotografie, nur Erfahrungen und Lehren.
16. Kunst ist größer und bedeutender als du und dein Ego.
17. Straßenfotografie ist nicht Arme oder Obdachlose Menschen zu fotografieren.
18. Ein guter Fotograf zeigt nicht seine mittelmäßigen Werke.
19. Wenn du Erwartungen hast, gehen offen mit Kritik um.
20. Leidenschaft ist die notwendige Basis für ein kreatives Leben.

“Praktiziere die Regeln mit deinem Herzen um dich zu einem besseren Fotografen zu entwickeln”.

Source: 123clicks