Church door – Newcastle Upon Tyne, North East England
A couple of photography books were among my presents this year. The first was the World Press Photo yearbook and the second was a book containing reviews of Magnum photographers BY other Magnum photographers. In Magnum Magnum, Magnum photographers get to pick their favourite images by other Magnum members, both past and present, with some surprising results.
The choice of photographs made by various contributors to the book is sometimes enlightening and sometimes puzzling. Robert Capa is especially let down by a poor choice of images by Susan Meiselas. Her choice of Capa’s Spanish Civil War photographs are adaquate but hardly let Capa’s talent shine through. That is just my opinion though, and opinion is what makes a photography so exciting . How different photographers think, understand and view photography is always fascinating.
Going across the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northern England
I’m about to start writing my own personal ‘end of year review’, something that i always do for the last post of the year on my main photoblog. It’s a post where i reflect on how i’ve done creatively regarding work and photographic ouput over the year. Have i produced photographs that i like? Have i improved on last year’s work? So far, after a couple of strong creative years with 2007 and 2008, the jury is out for this year. I do expect a fair judgement when it comes though. 2009 wasn’t too bad, but i do intend to make 2010 a more outgoing and vibrant year photographically. More on that in the last post….
The month of November has been a month of waiting. Waiting for payments and waiting for refunds. As if making a living from photography isn’t hard enough, clients can have the tendency to forgot all about paying you. They scream for the photographs to be delivered, but when it comes to coughing up the money…. they slow to a crawl. Ahh the fun you can have combining the arts of photography and trying to earn a living.