Street Portrait: Snake Charmers

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Snake charmers in Rishikesh, India. Hindustan Merajaan. 

If you like street portraits, make sure to check out Mr Guest’s blog at: http://thefutureispapiermache.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/vocals-flute/
You can also see more street portraits by clicking this tag: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/tag/street-portraits/

Street Portait: A Girl at the Market

You might have seen this one before, but I decided to make a new version of this street portrait.

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A girl at the market, Jerusalem.

This photo is my entry for Leanne’s Monochrome Madness this week. You’ll find her post here: http://leannecolephotography.com/2014/10/08/mm32-monochrome-madness-32/
See more street portraits, by following the tag: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/tag/street-portraits/

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This photo is a little out of focus, but it was shot outside a bar on a night out, so I’m excused. (The world isn’t perfect, so just get over it. The faster you realize that and get over it, the more time you’ll have to enjoy life with all its imperfections).

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Street portrait, late night, outside a bar.

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Have a great weekend!

Ancient Oppland

This is a short break from the portrait week that will continue after this post. These are photos of an old building that I saw somewhere in Oppland, Norway.

The “Ancient Oppland”-post was already scheduled because of Leanne Cole’s «Monochrome Madness!! Challenge», that she publishes on Tuesday nights/Wednesday mornings.

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«Street Portrait Week» started yesterday in this blog. Like the last post, this is technically not a street either, but it’s still a street portrait…

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Petra, Jordan

More street portraits here: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/tag/street-portraits/

This is also an entry for Paula’s B&W Sunday.

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After I posted the street portraits of the two police officers in Jerusalem, I’ve been thinking about sharing more of my street portraits. This one is technically not on (or even near) a street, as it was shot in the Wadi Rum desert of Jordan, but still it counts as a street portrait.

Wadi Rum, Jordan

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I wasn’t a misanthrope and I wasn’t a misogynist…

Smoking a nargileh (water pipe with fruit tobacco)…

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“I wasn’t a misanthrope and I wasn’t a misogynist but I liked being alone. It felt good to sit alone in a small space and smoke and drink. I had always been good company for myself.”
― Charles Bukowski

 

A Good Old Viking Fight

I accidentally came across these people who were fighting, viking style. I asked them if it was role play or sports, they said it was a sport.

Check out some more Monochrome Madness: http://leannecolephotography.com/2014/08/20/mm25-monochrome-madness-25/

Monochrome Street Portraits

I shot some street portraits of these wonderful officers on my last visit to Jerusalem.

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I was passing by and asked them if I could take their photos, they both agreed and I shot 5-6 shots. These are the two best ones, which I’ve turned into black & white for Leanne & Laura’s «Monochrome Madness» post.

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The Seafood Museum in Ålesund

Enjoy these photos from the aquarium, or the seafood museum like I call it, in Ålesund, Norway.

Atlanterhavsparken is the official name and it’s one of the largest saltwater-aquariums in northern Europe.

See more photos from the mysterious underwater world: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/the-underwater-world-weekly-photo-challenge-%E2%80%93-wonders/

Check out monochrome photos in this excellent post: http://leannecolephotography.com/2014/07/30/mm22-monochrome-madness-week-22/

Female Photographers

Why is it that Nikon & Canon focus (pun intended) mainly on male photographers, even if the ‘female market’ obviously is large and fast growing? A huge chunk of the market, regardless of gender, is of course the typical amateur photographer whose main focus is family and holiday memories, while the professional organisations still have more men represented than women.

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The sentences above were discussed in Leanne Cole‘s blog a while back. I commented on her post and later decided to write my own post about it.

I’m not a camera salesman, so for me the market part of photographing isn’t interesting: who’s buying most cameras – women or men? This doesn’t concern me. The only thing that concerns me is what they produce with the cameras. The big majority of people take pictures to produce family memories, boring pictures of their cats, plants and so called ‘Facebook-moments’ (previously known as Kodak Moments). They’re also using their phone cameras to document whatever they’re having for dinner at some restaurant.

Many professional organizations largely consists of press photographers and in this line of work, the photographer is often ‘out in the fields’ in different war zones – a job where you’ll mostly find men, probably because of mental and physical differences between the sexes (men are often more adrenaline seeking, careless and violent than women). A lot of war photography is just about being at the right place at the right time or faking a scene – and it’s more often than not political propaganda. Of course this is just a matter of taste, but in my opinion male photographers such as war photographer Robert Capa and street photographer Henri Cartier Bresson are wildly overrated.

Many (most) of my favourite photographers are women.

  • Daniela Rossell:  I wrote an article on Daniela Rossell’s wonderful series «ricas y famosas». I really love her her ethnographic look at the Mexican upper-class’ tastes and lifestyles: she has a closeness & intimacy with her subjects. https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/daniela-rosell-the-rich-andfamous/
  • Graciela Iturbide: Another great Mexican, female photographer is Graciela Iturbide. Some of my favourite works are Zihuatanejo, Ciudad de México, Desierto de Sonora and Juchitán (from the series named after the photo Juchitán)
  • Grete Stern: a lot of great surrealist works and double exposures. She made 150 photomontages, called Suenos (dreams). Fantastic!
  • Herlinde Koelbl: German photographer Herlinde Koelbl had some interesting photos in her exhibition “mein blick” where she took portraits of people in their apartments: a wonderful glimpse of homo sapiens in their natural habitat.
  • Madame Yevonde: Madame Yevonde’s portrait of Lady Bridgett as Arethusa. A classic!
  • Wanda Wulz: Another of my blog posts was inspired by another female, Wanda Wulz. Her photo «The Cat and I» is double exposure at it’s best! I made some double exposure collages inspired by that photo: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/when-the-kitty-gets-the-cream/
  • Shirim Neshat: Iranian born Shirim Neshat has some interesting photos as well. Rumor has it that her photos are very provocative in Iran.Then again most things seems to be very provocative in Iran. Unfortunately I don’t know her works that well and I’ve never been to her exhibitions, but what I’ve seen so far has been very interesting.

Enjoy this gallery with some selected photos of the mentioned photographers. Disclaimer: I have no rights over these images. I tried to contact the photographers that are still alive to get permission to publish these photos, but some didn’t answer and I was unable to find contact information for the others. I’m assuming that they won’t mind having their photos published in a non-profit, personal blog like this.        

 

Negative Space – Monochrome Madness

For Leanne & Laura’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week I chose to focus on negative space.

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«Negative Space – the gap around and between the object / subject in an image.  

When you compose a photograph, there are a number of rules (or ‘loose guidelines’ as I prefer to think of them as) that you’re supposed to keep in mind. This is in addition to the purely technical aspects of photographing. Typical examples of such rules are: lines, shapes, colors, the Rule of Thirds and vanishing points.

A useful tool that is often overlooked when talking about compositions is what’s called ‘Negative Space’. Negative Space is, simply put, the air filling the picture. Such air / empty space can be useful to guide the eye, or to emphasize details in a picture.

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