Can Documentary Photography be Fine Art?

In the world we live in today the lines are often blurred between genres of photography, and oftentimes overlap… it is still important to identify what you do so you can be found. With the explosion of photography in the last 10 years, it is easy to get lost in the crowd.

Why Black and White?

John Sexton, Ansel Adams technical assistant, explained some of Ansel’s feelings on Black and White one day in class. He said, Ansel believed all photography was a step away from reality, by choosing to capture a scene in a square or rectangular box, it is not reality, it is the artists vision, making an image Black and White takes the image one step further away from reality and in some cases, one step closer to the artists vision.

Documenting Change

I started out 10 years ago with documenting change in rural Thailand as one of my main goals. In the last ten years, I have produced over 90 thousand RAW images of life in rural Thailand. Documenting these changes became a goal in the first year after I moved to rural Thailand. As an outsider, it was easy for me to see the changes that were coming. Plowing the land with a water buffalo or hand tractor had to change, old ways could not continue for long.

Editing With Power

Photoshop, Lightroom, Silver Efex Pro, Luminar, Nik Software, I use them all… So here we are today in a world where digital is by far the most used means to capture an image, and most images still need post processing. One thing that sets great photographers apart from the crowd, is how they process a digital image.

Searching For Shadows

In today’s post, I’m going to talk about a key element of Black and White photography, contrast, and how to find it. One of the easiest ways to find dramatic shots is to look for shadows. Look for the dark areas in the photo that can direct attention to the highlights. A person’s eye will …

Preparing For The Plow

The local small yield farmers in our area have transitioned from Water Buffalo and Hand Tractors to modern tractors to plow the fields, in a relatively short period of time, and yet they still use the traditional method of preparing the fields, which consists of cutting, then burning off the dead weeds, and waiting for the rain to make the hard ground ready for the plow.

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Revisiting A Time Of Protest

2020 is only half over, and it’s already been a strange year. A global pandemic has changed the way we think about social interaction, and reshaped global economies, and now massive protests that started in the United States and then spread worldwide is reshaping our awareness of racial inequality, police brutality, a selective racial criminal justice system and so much, much more.