Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Spotlight 7 Week 16: Emaitchess

Will 2008

This week in Spotlight 7, we feature emaitchess, who gives one of the finest interviews in the series. Emaitchess was born in Australia and developed a passion for photography as a boy, before leaving the field for many years. It's good that he's returned, because he's done some amazing work since buying his first DSLR and returning to his passion. It's a must read, so go read it in full. Here's a little taste:

3) This set titled Effluxion of Time where you photographed someone 25 years ago and then again in 2008 is really inspiring. Tell us a bit about it.

Thank you – that is a great compliment! I love the idea that my pictures might be inspiring.

At the age of 20, photography was still what I wanted to do when I grew up. I got into the photography course at Prahran College in Melbourne. This was the art school where many great Australian photographers studied (Bill Henson, Carol Jerrems, Chris Koller, Polly Borland, Peter Milne, Leah King-Smith). It was a very exciting, creative and challenging school. I loved it. I was one of the younger students in my year, and I fancied myself as a bit of a star. I think I was probably a complete pain in the arse… The 1984 images from The Effluxion of Time project were all taken for Prahran College folios.

Halfway through second year, in the fog of a drug-fuelled despond, I let the course fall apart. I dropped out, and in a few years had sold my cameras, and lost touch with serious photography.
I recovered psychologically, but pursued different paths. First, I washed dishes, conducted trams, and cooked tacos. Then I became a lawyer!

I bought a digital SLR in late 2006 to photograph my young son, Arlo. To my astonishment, in using it I rediscovered my original passion for photography, and since then, I have been intensely absorbed (once again) by looking at, reading and thinking about, and making photographs. Flickr has been a big part of this rebirth.

I started the Effluxion project to give me something focus on as I got back into photography. The project, though, became really quite profound (for me anyway!). I realized the project was really autobiographical, and is concerned with my own relationship with photography, and of the various choices I had made (or had failed to make) and which had led me to the middle of my life.

The 1980s pictures (which are all of my friends from the time) had haunted me for a long time – like the talismanic Kodachromes of my early childhood, these were images that gave me a memory … a memory of myself when I thought I might be an artist, and not a corporate lawyer. In photographing my friends again, I feel I have started to deal with the sadness I feel about some of the life choices I have made.

At the same time, though, the project did become very emotionally complex. Not many of my friends were happy with the images, and some were profoundly unhappy. Trying to navigate the ethical questions has been very difficult, and possibly that journey is still unresolved.

Earlier this year I had a solo exhibition of these images, which was a really exciting and rewarding experience.

There's much more to it, so check out the whole interview, . This is really amazing stuff.

Christine 1986

Friday, May 23, 2008

Birch & Cricket

Birch & Cricket, originally uploaded by jahat.

Dogs love blogs!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Coffee Bay, South Africa

Coffee Bay, South Africa, originally uploaded by lebeccio.

This photo was taken in Coffee Bay South Africa on what is called "The Wild Coast". Local boys were learning how to clean and prep fish for the village. All boys were involved except this boy. It was explained to me he was the same age as the others but much smaller due to illness (probably aids,the area is hit hard with it). He sat and watched the others and me with with a sad intensity. As a side note when I asked (thru an interpreter) how old the boys were they could not answer ,they guage there age in another way other then years. Truly an area that all have ignored. This pict was taken close to 3 years ago and not a week goes by that I don't think about the area and this boy.

My NGO and I will be visiting this area April 9th, 2008 to work with this community. Please follow what we are doing by reading our blog located on our site.

Focal Point

Spotlight 7 Week 11: François Coquerel

, originally uploaded by François Coquerel.

Somehow, I forgot to post about this brilliant work! Check out the whole interview and the photos, too, from François Coquerel.

Spotlight Seven Week 15: Az Rehman


This week's exhibition in Spotlight 7 was curated by Week 10 presenter Made in Sheffield. The week 15 presenter for Spotlight Seven is Az Rehman, a.k.a. . Az. Currently living in Southampton, UK, Az is an admirer of Brian Griffin and even had the opportunity to photgraph him at a recent exhibition. Here's a little excerpt from the interview:

4) Tell us a little about your Bargate portraits set.
The Bargate Project started over a year ago. The original idea was to take some pictures of my home town to add to the Southampton Group on flickr. As I walked around the city centre I was lost and didn't know what to shoot. I thought I may as well just start with a picture of the Bargate. As I began focusing the lens I focused on the people walking towards me and loved how the depth of field looked. So I asked a few people to stop for me. When I saw the negs I was really excited by them and decided to turn it into a project.

I have shot over 100 frames now and 99% of the time only shoot one frame. I decided to keep the aperture at F4 for all the images to keep the depth of field uniform throughout the project. During bright days I have to use very strong ND filters to get the lens to F4.

I hope to get them exhibited one day, but so far the local people who are in charge of displaying art/photography have shown little interest in the images. It is VERY important to me that they are displayed out on the street. I want the general public to see them.

This is a shot of Ray in his Photo Gallery, I would have liked to have shown you more of the room, but sadly the light was very low.......The windows had been covered with photographs.The only place that I could take his picture handheld was by using the light from the doorway. I hope that the background is enough to give you an idea of how the rest of the room looked.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Multicolored wonder

Multicolored wonder, originally uploaded by jakerome.

I ran the Palos Verdes Half Marathon on Saturday. After the race, I walked up the course a little bit and got many shots of the marathoners & half marathoners finishing the event. This was one of the more colorful characters.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Mikołaj, originally uploaded by hampshiregirl.

A very focused young lad.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Product placement

Product placement, originally uploaded by Weinaiko.


Saturday, May 3, 2008


Niguel, originally uploaded by widegamut.

8x10 Deardorff w/ Kodak lens Polaroid 809 transfer print

Friday, May 2, 2008

Carwax in NYC

smooth looking

Carwax journeyed to NYC to visit smoothdude and get some (no doubt) rockin' photos taken of his son for smoothie's Street Scenes project.