Inspired Eye Article

The newest issue of Inspired Eye is out and I have an article in it about photographic clichés. It’s a fabulous magazine and it has very few ads in it. Just photos and interviews with many photographers and how they got into photography, what inspires them and much more. It is definitely worth paying for and reading.

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“Clichés are like covers of classic songs. You are still learning your craft. That’s a good thing! The challenge is to do it better next time. Art can be deceptive. It often looks easier than it is. It’s good to go back and review your work in context by the subjects you choose. It’s a good method of assessing your progress.”

Street Photography Tip – Don’t worry, be happy!

Street Photography Tip – Don’t worry, be happy!

Your photos are always a reflection of who you are. And your mood always has an influence on your work. I do at times need to challenge myself on the streets to get outside of myself and be available to what’s going on around me. I often get invigorated by the people on the street. Street photography is about humanity. It’s about the people! When you smile and when you’re open to the environment people respond in a like manner. So don’t worry and be happy and your photos will be better for it! Happy shooting! Republished from Issue 8 of the Shoot New York City Newsletter. You can subscribe here.

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Photographer Profile – Ernst Haas

Photographer Profile – Ernst Haas

Ernst Haas (1921-1986) is a photographer that I haven’t explored nearly enough yet! He reminds me a bit of Saul Leiter. And Leiter is one of my favorite photographers! So I will be delving deeper into the work or Haas soon!

Haas has been called a pioneer in color photography. He blurred the lines between photo journalism and creative photography and for that matter, street photography. He also used blur and minimalism in his work. Two of my favorite things in photography! And if that isn’t enough, there is a quote attributed to him, “I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.” Oh that sounds like my favorite quote from Marcel Proust “The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes.”

Haas was born in Vienna and he moved to New York City in 1950. He was a Magnum photographer and Robert Capa appointed him to be a U.S. Vice President of Magnum so that he could move to New York City. I urge you to explore his work.

From Issue 18 of the Shoot New York City Newsletter. You can subscribe here.