Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
When it comes to approaching people, its never easy, especially when you are wanting to take their photograph. I received my first rejection today, but I am not the least bitter. I expected a few "nos" from this project. However, I am more than glad, and extremely stoked when people say "yes" now. I thank them very much for being such great sports about it all. What follows is continued work on the fashion lifestyle of the Atlanta.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Upon looking at work from members of LOOKBOOK and Scott Schuman, I had a mindset of how great it would be to go out and document the self expression that people refer to as their fashion lifestyle. I would patiently walk down the streets of Atlanta, hoping to glimpse a fashionista, politely approach them with a camera in hand, and ask in the most sincere manner if I could take a photo of them, explaining on the way how I am a senior at SCAD studying photography, and how I am working on a project documenting street fashion. The idea was simple! To accomplish it was something a little more than practical.
First, I asked a friend if he could show me a few areas around the Georgia State college, to which they agreed. We arrived around midday and started On Courtland, turning on Central down to Mitchell and all the way here and there to Andrew Young and Peachtree. Three Hours later, my morale abandoned me. I have not spotted a single fashionable person. I was defeated I'd thought. We decided to go to a bar and have a drink. Might not be such a bad day after all right? As soon as I was to enter the bar, I spotted a well dressed guy with a straw hat walking down, and immediately my luck had turned, he was the most interesting person I've seen all day. I decided to approach him, but felt nervous. Many questions raced through my mind: How should I approach him? Should I complement his hat? Should I outright ask if I could take his photo? Before I knew, he was standing a few feet away from me, so I let it out, "Excuse me sir, would you mind if I took a photo of you?" I thought he would walk away. He did not! He asked me what I was doing this for, and I explained how my project revolved walking through Atlanta documenting street fashion. He said I can take his photo! I was relieved. I asked him to come half way on to the street, to where light was falling. I tried to work fast, not to upset him and lose my only option for the day. I switched my F-stop, changed my shutter and cropped the photo to where I was happy with. I had my first image! It is not so hard, but there are a few things I failed to spot right away. After reviewing the photo, I wish to have seen the I.D. badge around his neck. This is practice for the future shots.
As of now, I have taken 2 photographs in the manner I wish to pursue. Not much, but the colleges are back in full swing, and the weather is starting to get nice again. Hope to have more to show soon, but as of now enjoy my very first images from the Street Fashion of Atlanta.
Monday, August 9, 2010
I have not written in 2 weeks now! It is not that I am lazy, nor is it that I refuse to write. Simply, I am out of words. A writer does not force writing, rather waits for all the factors to come together, and only then will they knock out a 100 pages, or a whole novel in case of Kerouac.
As schools start around the country, I realize that my own is almost at an end. This is it! "I will not come back", I say to myself, all too feebly. Prior to attending SCAD, I knew nothing of photography, I was your average guy, who knew the more megapixels the better, who pointed a camera and clicked. I knew nothing of composition, of correct exposure and of all else, did not even fathom that light played a role in photography.
A mind is a beautiful thing however. Over the last 2.5 years, I learned to control all aspects of photography, to see the beauty and power behind a lens. I now have full confidence in what I do, yet have so much more to learn. Perfect practice makes perfect said a wise mind!
Next week, colleges will open their doors, and a mass of students will once again roam their halls and alleys. I will be there for the opening, I will document the fashion and culture that drives them. The LOOKBOOK and The Sartorialist have inspired me to do so. What I have yet to figure out is why I have the need to?
The Sartorialist' Own International Fashion Blogger, Scott Schuman, will have a photographer exhibit August 31st through September 25th at the HAGEDORN Foundation Gallery, located 425 Peachtree Hills Avenue. Suite 25.
Haute Lanta September 15th through 19th