Above and below are some of his amazing iPhone images that he shares on Instagram and on his portfolio site. Whether it is his editorial work for publications including WIRED, The New York Times, and Fast Company; his personal work that includes Instagram images and Vines; or advertising work for clients Harley Davidson and Subaru, his sense of humor and spot on execution always bring a smile to my face.
I’m not a photography purist. It would be hard to be these days with all of the choices to process, manipulate, and transform images. Actually, I started teaching myself Photoshop over 15 years ago (!) and I’ve been an Instagram user since the beginning. I’ve grown as a smartphone photographer as the app has grown and I’m about to take it a step further with the Photojojo University course that my mother-in-law gifted me for the holidays. Yes, I am just getting around to it now!
My latest photo-related obsession: Printstagram! You can print your Instagram images in a number of ways from 4″ x 4″ prints to albums, posters, stickers, calendars, greeting cards, and minibooks. I think I know what I am making for holiday presents this year! I’ve made my first order and I have a feeling that I’ll be ordering again real soon.
Looking into the company behind the app: Social Print Studio, I see that they are based in California and are hiring for jobs that would be perfect for me and Paul. Maybe they’ll still be looking when we’re ready to make our next move! Until then, we’ll have to admire them from afar and keep sending new images their way. Here are a few that I’m printing as 4″ x 4″ squares that should arrive soon. Yay!
Photography love, Mari
I’m currently reading Daniel Pink’s book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, and his main point so far is that what motivates human beings is no longer carrots or sticks. Rather, what people are seeking most are intrinsic motivators like the need for self direction, the need to learn and to create, and the need to do and be better.
Three documentary films that I have recently watched touch on some of these topics. Each film profiles individuals who are striving to be their best – the best young chess player in the case of Brooklyn Castle, the best video game player in the case of Free to Play, and emulating one of the best painters from history in the case of Tim’s Vermeer.
Each film explores the lengths that each person will go to in order to be at the top of their game. The time, dedication, and sheer talent shown in each of these examples is inspiring. I recommend watching any of these films if you need a little extra motivation.
Free to Play
I learned about artist Ellen Heck on Blurb. Her book, Forty Fridas is currently featured in the Blurb Bookstore. I’m a huge fan of contemporary portraits as well as Frida Kahlo. This touching series is striking not just for its subject matter but also the technique. From Ellen Heck’s website:
Forty Fridas is a series of forty woodcut etchings depicting women and girls dressed up as painter/icon, Frida Kahlo. This project, while in some respects a very intimate collection of personal portraits, touches more broadly on themes of identity, the multiple, individuality and variation. With this portfolio, as with much of my current body of work, I am using the printmaking process to highlight these concepts, which are referenced both in the subject matter and the medium.
Above is one of my favorite images from this project. The subject is named Alice but somehow I see a bit of Brooklyn in her face, don’t you?