Spring cleaning

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!

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another photo in the series of portraits in (de)construction

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.

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Abstract in El Barrio

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.

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Do you call yourself a photographer?

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!

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Breaking out of routines

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.

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Stand up

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.

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Women's March NYC 21 January 2017

I was out giving a photo tour of Williamsburg, Brooklyn photo tour today. AND I was hoping that when it was finished I would be able to see the Women's March still in action. Was it ever! Tens of thousands of people in New York City were out for it! I managed to get a few photos before the light disappeared. It was exhilarating to see democracy in action. 21 January 2017, New York City.

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double your pleasure

Double exposure is something that I enjoy quite a bit. Presently only one of my cameras has the ability to do double exposures. And on occasion when I'm in the mood and in the right neighborhood to do it, I'll spend quite a bit of time on them. I know that I can do the same thing in Photoshop and have a more controlled effect. But I prefer the chance element and creating the image on location. In one particular place. My series Urban Bliss are all double exposures. 

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