A Summer Challenge

A Summer Challenge
Summer is well underway.  It is a time for enjoying vacation travel, family gatherings, weekend excursions, free events in the city, and days at the beach.  It may be tempting to put your photography on the back burner, or it could be the perfect time to try something new. What do you shoot?  Flowers? Landscapes? Portraits? Travel?  Why not try something different.  Shooting new subjects, different perspectives, or for a different purpose may reawaken your photographic awareness and have you rethinking exposure, lighting, lens choice, perspective, and view point. Here are a few suggestions: Table top/product photography, storytelling, strangers, silhouettes, action or sports.  There is nothing like the challenge of capturing a never-before-shot subject, to spark renewed inspiration. If you [continue reading...]

Beyond Photography – A Visit to This Is Not Here: Re 21

Beyond Photography – A Visit to This Is Not Here: Re 21
I met Efrem completely by accident.  It was during my recent visit to a Chelsea gallery where I was engaged in a discussion regarding the changing role of photography in the art world.  Efrem was busy with another task but having overheard our chatter, he shared that he would welcome conversation on the subject.  He invited me to visit his recently curated exhibition for more discussion. A few days later I found the exhibition, This Is Not Here: Re 21, on the second floor of the vast Pfizer building, in Brooklyn, New York.  Inside, the project occupied two expansive rooms, displaying the creations of 57 artists.  The presentation made use of multiple art forms, mostly mixed media engaging motion, light, [continue reading...]

A Love Story From the Wild

A Love Story From the Wild
Lou Ann Goodrich has a love story to share.  A love story that began at Yellowstone National Park. Lou Ann had been captivated by wildlife going back to her childhood.  At Yellowstone that love collided with a newfound passion, photography. For ten years Lou Ann photographed all types of wildlife.  She would sit for hours patiently waiting for that perfect moment to capture an animal in its natural environment. The effort sometimes would require she work behind a blind to avoid being seen by her unsuspecting subjects. Lou Ann usually reaches for her Canon Dx1 when working in the wild.  She loves this fast and accurate camera for action sequences, allowing her to capture quickly changing interactions.  Working quickly with moving subjects [continue reading...]

Story Behind the Shot

Story Behind the Shot
PWP Member Sharron Crocker shares two photographs and the stories behind them. 1. Cardinal In 2009 I bought my first DSLR – a Canon Rebel – and my first long lens – a Tamron 18-270 – to start photographing birds.  In August of 2009 my husband died suddenly in an accident.  It took me several years to get back into life, and bird photography was a big part of my recovery. It got me out of the house, into the country and into Central Park, where I spent much needed time with nature.  By going into the park regularly I started to make new friends who also shared a passion for birds.  I now have a bird network – we share information and even [continue reading...]

30 For 30: Looking Back With Thanks

30 For 30: Looking Back With Thanks
To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re featuring items from the PWP Archives* each day on this blog. In looking back, we see not only where we started, but how far photography, women, and the world have come since 1975. When I first saw the PWP archives in 2009, I almost fainted. The storage unit where they were kept was jammed from top to bottom with lightning fixtures, old exhibition signs, bags of paper plates and party napkins, folders filled with yellowing documents, postcards and publications, some disintegrating into powder. It felt like an episode of Extreme Hoarders, with me in a starring role. I was new to the PWP board and this wasn’t what I expected. Waves of shock, anger, fury [continue reading...]