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Images That Force Us To Look Into The Mirror

Selfies, advertising, and other staged photography all too often portray a false or fabricated depiction of our society. It is a no wonder that we don’t necessarily feel the immediate pressure to radically change our increasingly violent identity. Yet, images from around the world tell the true story of what we are becoming – Desensitized to violence.

Understandably, who doesn’t want to live in “wonderland” like Alice, where we can shut this painful darkness out from our daily lives. However, the downside is quite costly when we don’t allow ourselves to experience the true world around us. As photographers, we have a tremendous responsibility to use our craft to depict our changing society in ways that may be painful to capture and share, but necessary in order to keep our world real and responsive.

Photography Pulitzers Recognize Aftermath of Violence Here and Abroad

Mr. Berehulak said he offered to go to the Philippines after discussing the president’s bloody crackdown with David Furst, The Times’s International photo editor. Soon after, Mr. Furst assigned him – but not a reporter, entrusting Mr. Photography Pulitzers Recognize Aftermath of Violence Here and Abroad

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Smile! Wait… Don’t Smile

This is such a fascinating article. Comparing the photography of subjects from long ago to today is something we should probably do more often. This particular mystery tells a lot about our modern evolution in front of the camera. Quite the contrary from long ago, we are totally obsessed with our appearance. In addition, the popularity of the “forced” selfie smile suggests that we are a very different culture today. Perhaps, more self-absorbed and vain; more synthetic and commoditized.  This is one topic where there is more much to it than meets the eye.

Now You Know: Why Do People Always Look So Serious in Old Photos? – TIME

Some dismiss the idea that bad teeth could have been a possible cause for early photography’s close-lipped images, since that was a common condition and wouldn’t have necessarily been noteworthy at the time. Now You Know: Why Do People Always Look So Serious in Old Photos? – TIME

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Do You Have A Room With A View… Into Your Heart?

Certain opportunities for self-expression seem to reveal more about who we really are than others. For example, a fad or social phenomenon like bell bottom jeans in the 60’s or selfies (or selfishees as I call them) in the new millennium, are distortions of our true identity. Fads have power over us because they make us feel accepted by a group; Which always seems so important to us. However, the tradeoff is a costly displacement of our true preferences, personality, and individuality.

Interestingly, the customization of one’s own bedroom, particularly when we are young, is typically a place where we will allow our individuality to blossom. Maybe because it is a “safe” place that only few will ever see.

When we select a preference because others have selected it or we have a dire need to fit in, we should recognize that there is a very “personal and individual” preference that is likely being overridden, neglected, or avoided. Hence, we give up a piece of the most valuable real estate we own – our true identity.

I never did like bell bottom jeans anyway!

PHOTOS: ‘My Room Project’ Captures Millennial Bedrooms Around … – NPR

Your posters. The color of your walls. The size of your bed. Where you sleep says a lot about who you are. PHOTOS: ‘My Room Project’ Captures Millennial Bedrooms Around … – NPR

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Smile, and Put Your Best Foot Forward…

So often we are the central subject of our photographic memories when we travel or set out for new experiences. Pictures of us in front of landmarks and scenery; on the beach or in the pool, group photos at the dining table. Oh – and all those selfies.

I believe those photos really miss the opportunity to capture the inspiration we felt that very moment we experienced the miracle or miracles we were encountering. For example, a picture of a couple taken in front of a setting sun can be timeless, for sure. But what that couple experienced individually, and together, when they set their sights on the blazing beauty of God’s handiwork, is almost completely lost.

Photographer, Tom Robinson took on a very interesting project where he began to document his family’s travels by taking pictures from their “vantage point” and only showing their feet which personalizes the photo. I find the results quite amazing and can see how looking at these photos 10 years from now can bring them right back to those special moments.

Feet First: Photographer documents his family’s travels by showing only their feet | Creative Boom

While sitting on a Brighton beach in 2005 with his new girlfriend Verity, photographer Tom Robinson thought the view of their feet pointing out to sea would make a nice photo. Since then, he’s continued to document their travels around the world in this way, resulting in a growing collection of over a hundred images. read more at creativeboom.com

 

Photographing People & Life

Capturing God’s greatest creation in the form of spontaneous or anticipated moments produces a perfect exhibition of just how magnificent a creation we are.  Candid photographs depict both our vulnerabilities and potential in ways that simply cannot be posed or staged.  And when we think no one is watching – God is…  So when God blesses a photographer with this opportunity to join Him for a nanosecond of time and the permission to digitally freeze that moment, we are really freezing a moment through God’s eyes, most of which too often go unnoticed in our daily race or are typically too private to witness.

New York! Just Like I Pictured It!
New York! Just Like I Pictured It!

Deeply rooted in this generation’s fascination with the Selfie (which I often call the Selfish-ie), is a desire to capture a self portraiture we want people to believe is spontaneous and expressive when in fact, it produces the contrary.  Without He who breathes life into us, we are just dust. Selfies are really Dusties.  However, when a photographer seizes these special moments on film (now I’m dating myself!), we have the ultimate depiction of who we really are.  And if we set aside privacy, vulnerability, and embarrassment for a moment, we share a very deep attribute of our grand design that has repercussive impact when shared with an audience.