Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Oliver added 300 great pictures over the last few days, may taken for the project described below. Keep it up Oliver, and best of luck completing your project. Looks like you're well on your way.
Starting on my 32nd birthday (10~05~2007) I am going to try to take at least one posed portrait per day (as well as other photography) and post it to this set on Flickr. The posting may not always happen day by day, but the EXIF data on the pictures will bear out that each one will have been taken on a different day... I will be posting one version in this set, but there is another set, called 365 Portraits - All Versions that has all of the versions of each picture.
Josh Nelson is a rising star in the jazz world. He is a pianist based out of L.A. He works as musical director for vocalist, Sara Gazarek. He was in town for a few days two weeks ago, we played a few gigs and did a photo shoot. Here's his site:
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Check out the interview.
This is the part of the story behind the above photo. You really need to read the whole story.
"I had quickly learned that the most interesting faces belonged to those people who had it hard. The people of the street. As a result I knew that I could always find an interesting face or story near the city shelters, bus stations and tourist traps. Albuquerque wasn’t any different. I spent part of the day at the city center watching the hot air balloons float past, then trekked over to the Greyhound terminal but both proved to be disappointing. Finally, I stopped a local police officer and asked him flat out “where are all of your homeless.” A little surprised at the question he curtly told me how the city had rounded up and herded all of the street people to the shelters for the day, standard procedure when the balloons were flying. I guess they wanted their streets clean when the out-of-towners arrived. He pointed me in the direction of the nearest shelter and off I went."
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I dig this photo. As I was browsing through the photo pool today, it jumped out at me. As I went to blog it, I noticed that another member of 6 Million People had invited it to the group. Awesome! We've seen an explosion in membership the last 2 weeks, and that's obviously one of the big reasons- Flickr members inviting other Flickr members to join the group and reach the goal. We'll get there, one portrait, one person at a time.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Ken is a good friend of mine & ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon today, just outside of San Diego, California. Of course, this afternoon the Chargers traveled to Foxboro to play the New England Patriots for the AFC championship, with a berth to the Super Bowl on the line. Ken got a fair amount of razzing from the race announcer, who referred to him several times as "Tom Brady," since he wore a Tom Brady jersey across the finish line. In fact, they chatted about him for a minute or more. After the race, we went back to Ken's house and watched the Patriots defeat the Chargers 21-12 to continue their undefeated season. Go Pats!
Check out more than 250 additional photos from the Carlsbad Half Marathon and Marathon in this set and this one, too.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I was in Lukla many years ago, when I went for a month to visit my brother. Aaron was a Peace Corps volunteer at that point, and he helped design systems to deliver clean drinking water (cani-pani) to the villagers of Lukla and many other areas in Solu-Khumbu. From the photo,
"The Sherpas are a small but colourful ethnic group with spectacular festivals, a mythology rooted in Buddhism, and numerous legends which shroud scientific research in a fine mist of fantasy. Not only does the area boast breathtaking scenery, it also affords the researcher a considerable degree of comfort, with well-developed tourist facilities coupled with ease of access to a people to whom foreigners are no longer strangers."
Saturday, January 19, 2008
One more from the fine folks at Flickr Group Roulette, hundreds of whom joined in the last few days and added their photos. This is Katrina, who chose 6 Million People as yesterday's target. Thanks to Katrina and everyone else at Flickr Group Roulette for helping achieve our ambitious challenge.
"Veterans Day Nov 11, 2007
On Veterans Day 1987 I took the black and white photo of my friend Jim. We were on our way to a Veterans Day parade. Jim showed me a framed picture of him as a 20 year old in Vietnam. On that day I took a picture of him holding the picture of him in Nam. He was 40 years old. The picture was in a box for the last 20 years. It just surfaced last week when I went through the box looking for treasures from the past.
It was about five years since I talked with Jim. I called him and met with him for lunch. I asked him to put on his old army gear so that I could take his photo.
I took a picture of him at 60 years old holding a picture of him at 40 holding a picture of him at 20. "
Friday, January 18, 2008
"A year ago, I visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. It was incredibly moving. As soon as I saw the bookcase propped open and the steep wooden stairs ascending behind it, a huge lump rose in my throat and stayed with me throughout the tour. Anne's precious pictures remain on the walls where she put them. It was so real, and truly heartbreaking.
In the attic of the neighboring house, I think, there's a one-room exhibit with logbooks, videos and interviews playing. The footage was shocking and yet irresistable.
I've visited several other Holocaust memorials and museums around the world. One that stands out is part of the Invalides museums in Paris. There were several large photographs of piles of bodies, which was grotesque and inhuman. The most memorable photograph was a haggard, emaciated woman in a concentration camp, who was holding a photograph of herself before the war. She was plump, with a friendly and happy face. That person was gone forever, leaving only a shell.
And although the memoirs that I've read have been amazing, there are a number of moving fictional tales. Last year I read The Devil's Arithmetic, which is a young adult novel about a girl who travels back in time to a Russian village and then a concentration. She ends up sacrificing herself to help a friend and then 'wakes up', realizing that she has experienced her aunt's earlier life. I can't do it justice, but it was heartbreaking and emotional, and I cried buckets, in public.
That Holocaust was inhumanly awful. All genocides are. We can never forget any of them."
Lifted straight from Rob's description:
Day 18 of 365 days (2nd year)
Sorry folks, I can't be funny all of the time. Besides, this photo was taken for the Flickr Group Roulette. Today, we are inundating the 6 Million People Group which seems to be of a more serious intention. Therefore, I though it would be appropriate to take a serious photo.
Flickr Group Roulette is invading 6 Million People today, and we couldn't be more pleased. This photo was actually added much earlier, and it's still a great shot. As I've said before, only 1 person per photo, but you can include as many dogs as you like.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Please welcome Paint Monkey to the Spotlight Seven Gallery. Hailing from one island (England) and living on another (Nantucket), Paint Monkey goes out of his way to shoot familiar scenes in new and interesting ways on the little island he calls home. This is my favorite of the bunch, somehow the disparate elements work together very well here. Please be sure to read smoothdude's full interview with Paint Monkey, view the photos, ask questions & leave comments. Thanks everyone.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
From one of the many international members of 6 Million People. Heck, I doubt more than a third of the members are from any one country. ReArVieWmiRRo_r is actually one of the many members who have helped translate the group rules & description into 12 languages so far.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
This was in a competition we had a few weeks back, to see who could get the most favorites. It finished a strong second behind carwax, who found a very clever way to get faves. This photo didn't need to be clever-- it was just lat out good.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
We are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the new Flickr gallery, Spotlight Seven. Each week at Spotlight Seven, one photographer will exhibit 10 of his or her finest portraits. These photographs are carefully chosen by Daniel Krieger, who goes by the moniker smoothdude on Flickr. The Grand Opening features 'stpiduko'_, and include portraits of a bearded man he's still searching for and the 2nd of 100 people he photographed one night. You can read more about 'stpiduko's work in his interview with smoothdude. Additionally, each week's featured artist will be available throughout the week to answer questions about technique, lighting, lenses and just about anything else. Brad Ross, aka ShhPeKo, was featured at Spotlight Seven for a week-long pre-opening, and his work remains on exhibit. In fact, by taking advantage of the unlimited gallery space afforded by Flickr, the work of all selected artists will remain in the gallery permanently. As 10 photos have grown to 20, these 20 photos will grow to hundreds in a few months. Eventually, this will form one of the best, most diverse collection of portraits on the internet.
As the chief curator of Spotlight Seven, smoothdude is working hard to find amazing photographers and their best portraits. By selecting the photos and interviewing the featured artist, smoothdude is creating a genuine showcase for some of the best photographers on Flickr. The co-curator is Jake Rome, known by the enigmatic nickname of jakerome on Flickr, who is helping smoothdude find outstanding photographers and promoting the group and its parent group, 6 Million People.
All the portraits are drawn from some of the tens of thousands of portraits that have been added to the Flickr group 6 Million People. Founded in April 2007, the objective of 6 Million People is to collect portraits of 6 million different people as a virtual memorial to all Holocaust victims. While there are thousands of outstanding photos in the pool, Spotlight Seven was founded to provide a showcase for the best of the best. For those interested in exhibiting at Spotlight Seven, please join 6 Million People and start adding your finest portraits. 6 Million People welcomes contributors of all skill levels from all over the world, and the group rules have been translated into over 10 languages so far. A few portraits are added each day to the 6 Million People photoblog.
Please visit Spotlight Seven every week to view some of the finest portraits on Flickr, and please join 6 Million People and add your photos to help us reach our goal. You can sign up for the mailing list at Yahoo! Groups to be notified each week as new photographers exhibit on Spotlight Seven. Thank you.
smoothdude & jakerome
Thursday, January 10, 2008
This week's featured photographer at Spotlight Seven is 'stpiduko', who is known across Flickr for the exceptional quality and quantity of his street portraits. Here, our intrepid photographer seems to have stumbled upon one Santa Claus taking a break from the Santa convention and having a nice refreshment. Make sure you check out this week's interview with smoothdude.