As we’re recapping on 2017, we can see what we’ve done right, how much we’ve learned, and also take a look at our mistakes. All of these considerations will help us to make plans and decision for the year ahead to help us improve and keep focused on our goals.
Every year around this time, I make a couple of choices about the upcoming year. This time, I’ve decided to focus on photography and make some decisions regarding my work. In this article, you won’t only read about the decisions I’ve made. I’ll also suggest a few more you can make for yourself to make 2018 better and more creative than 2017.
When you have imagination and skill, almost anything can become a camera. Photographer Brendan Barry is skillful and loves to build cameras, so he bought an old camper trailer off eBay for £150 (around $200). After some work, it became a giant, functional, and a rather stylish camera.
Other than taking photos with it, this “camper camera” doubles as a portable darkroom, so he can take and develop his photos anywhere. And just like the regular camera, he can always bring this one with him. If there’s a place to park it, though.
Brendan shared some details about his awesome camera with us, as well as the photos he took with it. It’s not just the camera that looks beautiful, but the portraits Brendan took with it are amazing, too.
Adidas has started a new campaign that centers around authenticity. Their “Icons of Tomorrow” promote the brand, and these are the people who are “using their creativity to motivate a better tomorrow.” Among these icons who promote diversity is a Swedish photographer Arvida Byström, who caused a lot of stir because of, believe it or not – hairy legs.
After releasing her photo for the Adidas campaign, she received plenty of negative comments because of the unshaved legs. But it doesn’t end here, and she claims she even received rape threats.
Sometimes, you come across people that just make you go “wow” and completely rethink your whole outlook life and passion. One such person is 24 year old Indonesian photographer, Achmad Zulkarnain. Born with no legs or hands, he doesn’t let it stop him from pursuing his dreams.
Achmad, who also goes by Dzoel, doesn’t see himself as disabled. He adapts his world to suit him, designed his own car, which friends helped him to build. He shoots better photographs than many of us and does his own retouching. After falling from a cliff while trying to photograph a waterfall, his first thought was for the condition of his camera. He also plays piano.
When you think of a photography genius, who comes to your mind first? Do you think you can reach his or her level of brilliance? Well, according to an encouraging video from The School of Life: you can. We are taught to admire the ideas, minds, and works of geniuses. We are also taught to believe their thought process is mysterious and beyond our reach. However – it isn’t as complicated as it seems. What’s more, you are most likely a genius, too.
When you carry a camera and take photos, awkward moments are inevitable from time to time. Whether you’re a hobbyist or a pro, the camera seems to simply attract all kinds of weird situations. But, some of them repeat themselves more often than the others. I’ve been into photography for about ten years, and these are some of the situations I’ve had plenty of times, and I think I always will.
These aren’t the “big questions” that make me feel uneasy and require serious explanations and answers. They’re just everyday situations that make me feel awkward, and they are often pretty funny. For some of them, I have the universal solution ready, to make the awkward moment last as short as possible. But sometimes, I just stand there and feel strange. Do these things happen to you, too?