Remember The Day

I know exactly where I was, and what I was doing.
Sitting in the home office, very early on the West coast, prepping for calls to the East.
First cuppa joe, and turned on the tube.
The first tower had been struck.
The horrible events that followed will always be burned in my memory, along with the rest of the world .
That was 9/11/01.
The reactions were brutal and pervasive, as we all tried to contact loved ones who may have been in the area, and wondered what would happen next.

On that day, our lives changed in so many ways.

Seven years later we should all remember that day. Historic events fade from memory as time marches on, and we are left with emotional touchpoints to trigger that feeling we had in the moment, lest we forget.

The power of the still photograph comes into play in memory of this tragic day. We may not need to see video tape of the planes brutally slamming into the buildings, or the Tsunami of smoke as they came crashing down.

I think the still images allow you to slowly remember the day. Not peacefully, but introspectively.

[photopress:bf0079.jpg,full,alignright] A book of photographs that celebrates the heroes of that day is from photographer Joe McNally and Life magazine, called Faces of Ground Zero:Portraits of the Heroes of September 11,2001
Sure you’ve read about Joe running around with a ton of speed lights and creating lighting magic on the run.
But I will always know him from this collection.
Having seen this life size exhibit in person, you can look into their eyes and sense from their stature the horrors they saw. Many of them first responders, or survivors. You should seek out this book. We are currently trying to get some in our hands so we can pass them on.

From the publisher:
“In a studio just blocks away from Ground Zero, longtime LIFE photographer Joe McNally, architect of some of the largest photographic productions ever attempted in the magazine industry, created a stunning series of portraits of the heroes of Ground Zero. In that studio, is a one-of-a-kind Polaroid camera, measuring 12 feet long by 16 feet high. The color photographs it takes-larger than life, at four feet by nine feet framed-are unforgettable in their striking immediacy and clarity. Over the course of two weeks, approximately 200 people came before McNally’s lens: survivors, firemen, policemen, volunteers, doctors, nurses, widows, children. Not, in a dignified tribute to the heroes and victims of Ground Zero, 150 of McNally’s compelling portraits are collected together in Faces Of Ground Zero, including those from the acclaimed touring exhibit and several portraits seen here for the first time.
This book features a foreword by Rudolph Giuliani and includes an original essay by McNally on the historic Ground Zero project. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.”
[photopress:intro.jpg,full,centered] Joe McNally on his Set

Perhaps these heroic portraits will let you relive the day a little easier.
Just never forget the event. At least, take a few moments to remember.

For more digital information on 9/11, you can click here.

We also commemorated this last year. There you will find more links, and another book that may give you another kind of memory.

Weekly Giveaway – Never Can Say Goodbye

Or, you never HAVE to say goodbye. We mean to your digital files.
[photopress:103_product_image_437136666.jpg,full,alignright] This week we have great CD-ROM from the folks at Software-CinemaLightroom Workflow:Creating Bulletproof Archives of Digital Photographs
OK, not only are you going to learn the optimum way to use Lightroom, but in this CD-ROM, you’ll learn a necessary habit called workflow.
That means when ever you bring your digital photo files into your computer, you have to set-up proper back-up, add metadata (keywords and numbers to help you find images easier), catalog them and BURN A DVD FOR FURTHER BACK_UP!!!!!!
OK, Lightroom has a TON more stuff to make your photographic life easier and better.
The tools that are at your fingertips are crazy good.

Take it from someone that just had a 1Terabyte drive go bust. Lame-o. Deceased. Belly-up. Stopped working. Oh sure, I could have spent $1500. to get the data recovered.
And I would have If I hadn’t back-ed it all up on another drive.
I’ll tell you one thing, I’m thinking triple back-up now. Plus the DVD back-up.

Lightroom Workflow: Creating Bulletproof Archives of Digital Photographs is a CD-ROM you should have. Heck, I want to be bulletproof. I’m sure you do, too.
Learn how to make certain that your irreplaceable digital photographs are actually safe.
It’s 1.6 hours of learning goodness. All withing one of the best workflow programs around, Lightroom.

And we want to give one of you a copy.

Signing up for the NEWSLETTER is the first step to be eligible to get this gratis.
Then on Weds. morning at 9:00AM PST, you’ll get an email with all of the instructions.

Winning it or not, you should check into this one. I still have negatives from when I was 8 years old,
Not as lucky with all of my digital images. And Software-Cinema does a great job in the teaching dept.

And all of the winners in the “Books are, for lack of a better word, Good” question in the NEWSLETTER, have been contacted.
Wall Street was indeed the referenced answer.
Thanks for playing and we’ll have more of those coming up.

Like Superman’s Vision, But With More Beauty and Elegance

Before we tell you about the life threatening danger this man is in for his art, we’ll take a look at the art itself.
Nick Veasey doesn’t use a Nikon. Or a Canon. Or Hasselblad. Not even a view camera.

Detail of a full shot of a bus

He creates using X-Ray machines. By using these specific cameras ordinarily used for everything from chest x-rays to checking cargo containers for contraband, Nick has been photographing objects and scenes for the past 15 years, showing the viewing a deeper view. All the way to the bone.
You’ve seen his work before no doubt.
The Adobe Photoshop CS2 box displays some of his work with flowers.
Pretty cool, right?


In his current exhibit at the David Gallery in Culver City , California you can see a broad range of his subjects ranging from teddy bears, to football players, to his magnum opus – a Boeing 747 complete with personnel and hangar.

This video, although in German, will give you all a visual explanation, of the process.

Ok, on to the danger part.
We’re taking X-Rays. Radiation. Too much exposure will kill you.
And he’s been doing this for 15 years.
He wears a special lightweight aluminum suit. He doesn’t use assistants. Too much liability and possible danger. He gets checked out regularly and has never exceeded the safe level of exposure.

But think about this for a second: what about all of those skeletal revelations in his work? Are those people in continual danger?
Nope. They are all real skeletons posed and photographed. No live humans are used in those images.
Too much pulling the curtain back to reveal the truth?
Not really.
You should take a closer look at these photographs, especially the larger units and be amazed at the amount of time, consideration and artistry involved.
Once the shot is set, he leaves the room or environment, takes a shot and then tales about 10 minutes to process the image to see what he’s got.
Most images are series of 11×14 sheets of film. Shots are overlapped and comped together to create the final image.

This is a truly unique vision.
His book is called, well, “X-Ray: See Through the World Around You” and will be released in Oct.
and the exhibit runs Sept. 6-Oct.18, 2008
David Gallery
5797 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA.
Tel: 310.939.9069

Eugene Richards Wins Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography

This just in:
The brilliant, compassionate photographer, Eugene Richards will receive $20,000 and collaborative support from Getty Images photo editors as he pursues his documentary photography projects.

He began work on “War is Personal” in 2006 as a series of photo and text essays focused on the lives of people in the US who’d been profoundly affected by the war in Iraq. Eugene’s grant will be used to move the project forward in the coming months. “Eight photographic essays are now completed,” he commented. “With the assistance of a Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, I will undertake at least seven more.” At the completion of the project there will be a book and a multimedia piece that interposes photographs with personal writings and interviews to advance the dialogue on the Iraq war. Based in New York, Eugene is a noted photojournalist, writer and filmmaker.

We met Mr. Richards last year at the Lucie Awards where he was honored with a Documentarian Achievement award.
Here is the interview:

OK, Sherman, Set The WayBack Machine for 1973 – LAFlash!

OK, first… what the heck is a wayback machine?
On the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, 2 characters, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, would travel back in time via the wayback, to learn about history.
And LAFlash?

It was a celebration of Los Angeles style in 1973, told by photographers.
Stop laughing. It may be coming back.
No, seriously, you have to click on the link to check these clothes (and struts) out.
At least we know the event is coming back. The 2008 version.
This Saturday to Los Angeles County Museum.

DJs ( DJ CArlos Nino palying a blend of 1973 and now made and recorded in LA), projected images (LA Times photography series, LACMA Teens Street project) book signings (Lauren Greenfield,Henry Wessel, Larry Sultan, and more) gallery tours, Film (Thom Anderson-LA Plays Itself), and all covered by Wireimage photographers so it will be posted.
Oh, we’ll be there too. To give a slightly spin to the review.

It seems like with Fashion Week dominating NYC, this is a very appropriate event. Take a look at what people are really wearing on the left coast.
And everyone can also share globally by clicking on the sites and seeing what people are wearing, and what the designers think you should be wearing.
The LA event should be more like a happening, though. A photographic, cultural happening.
And you know how much we like those.
If you’re in town, check it out. If not check out the site, and the uploaded photos when they become available.
I wonder if Levis, Chuck Taylors, and a T-shirt will make the grade.

Here is a little cartoon fun for your Friday. Mr. Peabody and Sherman Explain It All RE: WayBack Machine.

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