Creative photography is my goal. It is always what I hope to achieve. Creativity in any of the arts is always an ongoing process. There isn't anything scientific about it. It's always about making mistakes and experimenting. Creative photography isn't about technical precision. Even repeatable processes yield different results.My techniques are ever evolving and my tastes are changing. Sometimes they are dictated by my mood. I have been working on a new series with cinematic frames. Many are drive-by shooting photos on rainy days like the photo here taken on 16 April 2017 during a torrential rain. I give credit to my impatience as a source of discovering creative techniques. If you're interested in learning more creative techniques in photography, I have a workshop in Bushwick on Sunday 14 May. - rainy day blues.
I started out in film photography about half a century ago! I didn't have formal training in photography though I did study cinema and video for a short period of time. I had an idea that I would become an architectural photographer and I spent quite a bit of time photographing buildings. The thing is that people were constantly walking into my shot. One day I continued shooting with people in the photo. Hence my beginning in street photography. I had never heard of street photography! This photo was taken circa 1980 in Manhattan's Chinatown. Always a favorite place to photograph. I haven't digitized all my analog photos, maybe I never will. I still shoot film and I'm behind scanning the last 6 or so rolls that I've taken. It's funny because this photo taken 35+ years ago and it looks much like my present day photos! - Lee Yin Bow Inc.
I've been working on a new series titled Urban Bliss Two. It is a continuation of a the first Urban Bliss series from June 2015. The photos are double exposures using street scenes and advertising or street art to combine images that are in close proximity to each other. This is the first in the series. I am working on it when I can steal time from Shoot New York City!
Recently, someone asked me about throwing away digital photos. It's funny because I shot film for many years and I never thought about throwing away negatives. And perhaps shooting digital I shoot a bit more than I did with film. I don't often trash large quantities of photos from a day of shooting. Perhaps that's the nature of digital.
For me, photography is a series of processes. They all require a slightly different mindset. In the last 3 days I have been going through my photo library and deleting photos. So far I've deleted 2,500+ photos for about 30 days of shooting over a little more than 3 months. While cleaning out I am discovering photos that I forgot about as well! The process of cleaning up afterward is not always easy to get done! Spring cleaning!
I've been busy with street photography workshops and photo tours and shooting like crazy! Cleaning out my Lightroom catalog! What a lot of work that is! I admit I don't do it often enough. In the process I find photos that I forgot about and then process them. portraits in (de)construction is a series I started last autumn of construction windows. This photo was taken this year on 11 February in Soho, NYC.
I was out giving the Harlem Street Photography Workshop yesterday and I managed to do a few double exposures before and during it. I adore photography across many genres. My current past time is spent doing intentional camera movement in a circular or arching motion and double exposures that include distinguishable objects as well as purely abstract pieces. I like blurring the line between photography and painting. This piece is an example which I've printed on watercolor paper to add texture. Yes, the difference between photography and painting is that the surface of a photo is smooth. - Abstract in El Barrio, NYC, 12 March 2017.
I love doing double exposure photos and yesterday I had the opportunity to do so for the first time in awhile. You can see a previous series that I did titled Urban Bliss in the launch issue of Curious Frame. Perhaps this photo is the beginning of part two of Urban Bliss. 9 March 2017.
That's a real question! It's funny how diverse the range of definitions for the word photographer exist. In the photography world there are high-brow elitists who insist on a very narrow definition of the word. Maybe only highly paid professionals would be included in that group. And then there's the everyone is a photographer world, as just about everyone carries a camera with them at all times regardless if they use it or the sorts of photos they take. I believe that somewhere in the middle of those 2 groups there exists a group of people who are just plain passionate about photography! That is the group that I belong to. A woman told me yesterday that she's "in love with her camera again!" That's a true sign of a photographer in my interpretation of the word!
I am very passionate about photography. It is something that I do almost as naturally as eating and sleeping. But there are times when I feel myself getting into a repetitive pattern. Yes, there are times when I get a little bored. That's when I try new things. I've been using intentional camera movement for a number of years now. Most of the time it's either a vertical or horizontal motion. Lately I've gotten into more circular motions and I'm having a lot of fun with it. The beginning of a new series. I will create a new gallery for it soon. This photo was taken in Bushwick, Brooklyn during the Street Art & Creative Photography Workshop on 26 February 2017. Perhaps I will schedule another one of those soon. You can also checkout my Street Photography Workshops where we often use some creative techniques as well.
Photography is a process. Going out and shooting is one part of the process and perhaps the least time-consuming part of it. I don't often spend nearly enough time cleaning out my photo catalogue! To add to that, I'm a bit behind in scanning my negatives. That's correct. I still shoot film as well! They both have a place in my world. So film is a slower process and I think that it balances that quick shooting and perhaps over-shooting of digital. As well as the instant gratification of digital. There's something about slowing down that I even attempt to use when I shoot digital! Here's a photo that I took with the LC-A+ lomo camera during the Autumn of 2016 on a photo tour for Shoot New York City.