Arguably one of the finest scenes in Mad Men, this explanation of the Kodak Carousel could not be infused with more emotion, relate-able imagery, and a marketing pitch so powerful, even one of Don Drapers own team couldn’t stay in the room without exposing his tears.
“There are places I remember, all my life, though some have changed.” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Earlier this year we first heard of the Autographer, a camera initially designed for Alzheimer patients.
The camera, about half the size of a pack of gum, would be worn by a clip on or a lanyard like a necklace . It would take photos automatically, based on motion, light changes, and give a GPS reading.
The patient would then be able to view the days events along with a map of the movement, and yes, even a temp. gauge.
Photographers wanted to explore this device, so it was tweaked; the lensing improved, and the settings menu adjusted.
After almost 3 months of wearing this device, I am blown away by what it does. And I’m not talking about the way it takes the photo in a seemingly random manner.
Acts Of Photographic Charity 2013 by Fred Bonilla
The number one hardcover non-fiction book on the New York Times’ best sellers list the last week of October was not written by well known authors like Doris Kearns Goodwin or Bill O’Reilly. Instead, it was photographer Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New YorkA photo book? Hell, yeah!
A chronicle of portraits taken of average New Yorkers with their unique tales, life lessons and observations. Mr Stanton’s story is unique in itself. From a NY Times article written about him by Julie Bosman, “he is a 29-year-old Georgia native with no training as a journalist.”
He has owned two cameras in his life and admits he has never learned the technically correct way to use them. When he moved to New York in 2010, he was friendless, nearly broke and recently relieved of his job as a bond trader in Chicago.
But after he was laid off in 2010, Mr. Stanton decided to shift to a completely new career. He moved to New York, where he didn’t know a single person. Much of his time was spent on an ambitious project he dreamed up, photographing 10,000 people and mapping their whereabouts as a sort of virtual map of New York.After several months, he began moving in a different direction, interviewing his subjects and asking them about their lives, their struggles, their disappointments and their hopes.Most people brushed him off. “It was very emotionally draining at first,” Mr. Stanton said. “I’d be really disappointed when people would say no.” But his project gradually attracted an audience, mostly people in their 20′s who left enthusiastic comments on his website. When his Facebook page had collected more than 200,000 followers, Mr. Stanton decided it was time to collect the pictures into a book”. A best selling book, I may add…
Humans Of New York
Of all the stories Brandon has heard, there is one one story that truly moved him & turned him misty eyed as the encounter ended. One rainy afternoon in Columbus Circle, he spotted an older woman. “I see this 80-year-old woman coming towards me with this very bright umbrella,” he says. Brandon took her photograph and asked her for her best piece of advice. “She said, ‘I’ll tell you what my husband told me when he was dying. I said, “Mo, how am I going to live without you?” And he said, take the love that you have for me and spread it around.’”
First off, allow us to give Brandon Stanton major props for his project and all that has resulted from it. It again attests to the power of photography and it’s ability to teach, illuminate and in this particular case. move our hearts. And it’s in that spirit that I offer you my 5th annual installment & a slightly different “Acts Of Photographic Charity” for 2013.. There are so many photo charity resources that would love your help this holiday season & in the coming year. Help-Portrait will be again having it’s worldwide event to take & deliver portraits to the less fortunate on December 7th.
And there are any number of great organizations that use photography to help those in need, like 100 Cameras, who sells photos from children in projects worldwide to fund their efforts to improve the young photographer’s lives. Or you can get in touch with any number of organizations that do great work throughout the year for children with serious illness or life altering diseases like Inspiration Through Art. You can check my other holiday articles for other suggestions. My suggestion to my fellow PI readers however is for you to look within your own communities for situations that perhaps only you and your fellow photographers can fill. It can be in a senior or youth center, church or synagogue or even among your friends, neighbors and peers. Some of the most satisfying shoots I’ve ever done have been to families and individuals whose sheer joy and enjoyment of the pictures taken and shared far outweigh any monetary compensation I could receive.
Brandon Stanton’s life was transformed when camera in hand, he took to the streets of streets of New York not to chronicle the fashions or the cutting edge trends but the HUMANS and with all that comes with it. You can do so as well in your own neck of the woods in a way that only you may know how. My deepest wishes that this holiday season be a fulfilling and meaningful one and my deepest thanks to Damon for allowing me to share this. God bless and oh, yeah…do what Mo said.
“We ordered her those pants, and as soon as they arrived, she cut off the bottoms and made a pair of gloves.”
And the top item on the list is the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle 2 What is it? A very cool shutter release unit that is specific to your camera. Make sure you order the right set for your camera! Trigger your camera by smartphone using the free, downloadable app. Here are the different modes: Timelapse Mode,TimeWarp™ Mode (very trick)Sound sensor Mode,Shock & Vibration sensor Mode,LE HDR Mode,LE HDR Timelapse Mode,DistanceLapse™ Mode,Cable Release Mode,Star trail Mode, Bulb Ramping, Timelapse Wi-Fi, Slave Mode Wi-Fi, Master Mode (trigger other devices running Triggertrap Mobile.
CAMERA COMPATIBILITY… Current cameras compatible with MD-DC0: • Nikon D3 • Nikon D300 • Nikon D300S • Nikon D3X • Nikon D3s • Nikon D4 • Nikon D4 • Nikon D700 • Nikon D800 • Nikon D800 E Older cameras (launched before 2006) that use this cable: • FujiFilm S3 Pro • FujiFilm S5 Pro • Kodak DCS Pro 14n • Nikon D1 • Nikon D100 • Nikon D1H • Nikon D1X • Nikon D2 • Nikon D200 • Nikon D2H • Nikon D2HS • Nikon D2X • Nikon D2XS **) If your camera is not listed above, check the Triggertrap website to see which cable you need for your camera.
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- Feb. 27-March 6, 2014
- MGM Grand
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- International Consumer Electronic Show
- APRIL 10-13, 2014
- PARK AVENUE ARMORY | 643 PARK AVENUE
- NEW YORK, NY 10065
- The Association of International Photographic Art Dealers
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- Annenberg Space For Photography
- “The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years”
- Current to April 27th, 2014
- 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10
- Century City, CA. 90067
- Tel: 213.403.3000
- Capa in Color
- January 31–May 4, 2014
- 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
- New York, NY 10036
- Phone: 212.857.0000
- Getty Center
- A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography
- February 4–June 8, 2014
- 1200 Getty Center Drive
- Los Angeles, CA. 90049
- Tel: 310-440-7300
- Yossi Milo Gallery
- David Goldes, Electro-graphs
- January 30–March 8, 2014
- 245 Tenth Avenue
- New York,NY 10001
- Tel: 212-414-0370
- Howard Greenberg Gallery
- Bernice Abbott and Charles Marville
- February 27-April 12,2014
- 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
- New York,NY 10022
- Tel: 212-334-0100
- Staley-Wise Gallery
- Real and Surreal
- Feb. 27-April 19th, 2014
- 560 Broadway
- New York,NY
- Phone: 1-212-966-6223
- Museum of Modern Art
- A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio
- February 8–October 5, 2014
- 11 West 53rd Street
- (212) 708-9400
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris
- January 29–May 4, 2014
- 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
- New York, NY 10028
- Phone: 212-535-7710
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