Highlighting the art of craftsmanship, nobody does it better than Leica. Only $50K? A bargain at what looks like some major time spent on perfection. Thank you Leica for highlighting this how-to video for me of how your operation in Germany works. The attention to detail and the quality of the video highlight their continuing progression in the world of photography. Discover some of their amazing cameras.
In an effort to highlight some of the films that inspire us here at the corporate headquarters, we are announcing a new weekly post entitled MOTION. All of the films can be viewed on the Jay Goodrich Photo Vimeo Channel as well. Since it is still fresh in our mind from Sunday evening, here is cut of some great POV photography from the AMC hit series Breaking Bad.
We all want that positive reinforcement that we are doing good in this world. Whether it be in the work place, at home, or in a volunteer situation. The positive side of life keeps us moving forward, keeps us learning, and excelling. I do post all the testimonials I receive, but at times I make a connection with a participant that goes beyond that “great job” experience. Their testimonial almost becomes a work of art in itself. When Jose signed up for my Palouse workshop, I realized he was a talented photographer from the visit I made to his website. This is when my job becomes even harder, because I need to then figure out how to improve upon an already talented person’s work. Sometimes it is easy and sometimes it is not. I love photography though, and I love the experiences that I have had over the last fifteen years of my career. And what a better time to share those stories than a workshop situation. Here is Jose’s testimonial written more eloquently than I could ever describe…Let’s just say he doesn’t testify against me. Oh, before I forget, Jose, can I get a model release for this photo?
This message to you is a little overdue so please excuse its tardiness; but know that it and my highly positive experience in your workshop has been ever present with me.
As you know, when I signed up for your Palouse workshop, I felt somewhat confident in my technical knowledge of how to capture an image through a camera. What I was looking for in my career at this point was an experience in an unpredictable “natural” environment, one which would confront me with an unplanned canvas of infinite possibilities and force me to narrow down what’s already in front of me to create an engaging image. In groups, my creative process tends to cloud since there’s an implied willingness to share images, successes and failures. Such can be discouraging if not handled appropriately and can cripple one’s process, so I was unsure of what to expect from your workshop.
I found that through your casual conversation and laid-back approach, you built a comfort zone that frees a student to genuinely experiment. You delivered the knowledge and experience of your craft on a sort of “timed release” basis, rather than a resume-like shopping list that could intimidate. You observed your students, saw where they were in their process, and offered a hint of direction in technique or tools. Based on their reception, you gave a little more or a little less. It didn’t seem like a conscious strategy, it was more an act of respect, and one well received. Most instructors lecture and provide their strict list of “dos and don’ts” which can contribute to a judgmental and overly self-conscious working environment. Yet you invited a constructive dialogue through your good humor and pointed storytelling. And although your students were on different levels of expertise, you found a way to bring them together on the same plane, while still allowing them to advance individually at their pace.
Additionally, I very much appreciated your openness regarding your profession and process, your ability to demystify circumstances and boil them down to reality, practicality, in order to attain the image at stake. Just you being there making photographs along with us (not to mention later showing us your images during critique) brought the group closer and shaped a structure for support. I feel that there’s no better way to teach or lead than by example and that’s what you do.
In retrospect it was a short workshop, just three days. But they were three very full days that allowed for the rehearsal and development of technique to the point where you nearly stop thinking about it. It became instinctual, reflexive. And isn’t that how you want to react when Bigfoot stomps across your picture plane?
Thanks for demonstrating your dedication and passion for photography through your work and teaching style. It’s contagious and inspiring and it has stuck with me. And my photography in the subsequent days has been all the better for it. I look forward to the opportunity to put our heads together on a project someday. Take care of yourself and I wish you much success in your endeavors.
All the best,
Jose M. Cabrera
The Creative Machine is geared towards the photography artist who is striving to be as creative as possible. It is the thought process as much as it is the reality of what you shoot and how you combine the tangible and untangible.
I have taken thousands of photos with my iPhone at this point and have shared many of them here on this blog. However, I haven’t really shown any of the hours of HD video clips that I create almost simultaneously with the stills. Enter the Creative Machine–a way for us to share some creative video concepts alongside a small creative message. Our first CM is about The Subway, a place nature photographers from all over the world know about located in Zion National Park. Take a minute out of your life to enjoy a new creative outlet.
I spent last night leafing through a sketch book of mine from 1994. That was right after I graduated college with a 5 year Bachelor of Architecture Degree. This sketch book was originally 100 sheets of paper. I know there are less pages in there now because I remember tearing out multiple sheets for those “whatever” necessities over the years. This book has everything in it. Notes on construction projects, diary pages, wacky sketches, designs, logos, notes to my brain, dimensions, quotes, literature, black, white, color, how-to stuff, and what ever else came to my mind. The book is completely full, with a final page stating “the end” in blue pencil dated almost 5 years ago. I didn’t bring this sketchbook everywhere and there were many others. I was looking at this particular one because I remember liking the paper texture and feel for drawing and wanted to find a new one that was the same or similar.
On one of the pages in classic Jay scribble was written a quote, “The rest of those who have gone before us can not steady the unrest of those to follow.”–Finding Forrester. I don’t know if that quote was written for the movie or if was taken from someone else but, whew, definitely thought provoking. And, when thinking about creating a photographic image–even more provoking. I immediately think about all those photographers who have been to popular locations before many of us, the Art Wolfes and William Neills of the world, or the Elliot Porters, Ansel Adams, and William Henry Jacksons for that matter. I can not imagine being the first human to discover a place like Yellowstone or Yosemite. Crazy.
A couple of weeks ago, I had that little taste of venturing back out into nature to a place that has seen and will see tons of traffic. I have personally visited the location three times now. This place is Second Beach in Olympic National Park. I am not the first and not even close to the last, but for me this place holds a beauty and a tranquility that is almost indescribable. Many have asked what the sunset was like that night, well, it was pretty amazing. It was…perfect and not for the common visual cues that rise to the surface of the mind immediately. It was perfect for reasons beyond.
As I think about that quote a little more, it leaves me with a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration. What does he truly mean, “those who have gone before us can not steady the unrest”? After sifting and thinking, over and over again, I have come to one conclusion. Those before, no matter how original, how creative, or how different can not change those who follow in their footsteps because the followers desire the same thing–with photography that is the act of creation. My unrest is my desire to create something, anything, new and different. I crave it and I will never cease from it. And quite frankly, it does not matter who came before me, no matter how amazing their images are or were, I thirst for something new, different, and in response to my personal visual connection to that place. I think of it and my stomach churns, my heart skips a beat, and I peruse thoughts in my head of how quickly I can find a place, that one or a new one to study, explore, and fuel the unrest for the rest…of my life.
We traveled 400 miles, rode two ferries, I took over 400 photographs, we hiked 5 miles, traveled for 17 hours, the weather was perfect, and this whole day included the whole family – wife, two kids, and yes, even the dog. I definitely have the most patient family in the world. It was Jade and Micah’s first time at the Pacific Ocean, and Heather’s first time seeing the beaches of Olympic National Park. Facebook and Flickr stalled a bunch of times during my uploads, and we lost our mobile signal for a few hours while we explored the Olympics, but overall it was a success. I can now tell you that walking to shoot a sunset with only a phone in your pocket is an enlightening experience. I felt a little lost without the 35 pound pack on my back, so lost in fact, that I carried my 40 pound daughter on my shoulders for a good part of the hike. I think it was a great learning experience, a great way to explore an area, and a great way to explore different styles of image making. So will there be another adam | 12? I already set the countdown timer on the blog, you bet. Although next year I might travel somewhere and with 3 other photographers. Any takers? In addition, since the uploading was in and out, here is a gallery of my favorites. Enjoy.