This month I have been studying the book Aspire by Kevin Hall and in it was touched by the paragraph that reads, “The two most important days of our life are the day we were born and the day we discover what we were born to do. That’s the day we catch the vision of who we are meant to be.” Photographer Rocky Braat wanted more in life and found it on a trip to India. The new film, “Blood Brother” captures his inspiring story about the power of love, service and transformation. [more]
In a recent 60 Minutes special, CBS Reporter Lara Logan spent time with Dereck and Beverly Joubert in Southern Africa. The Jouberts have been shooting images and video of the wildlife there, for over 30 years. They have produced countless amazing images and have even created documentary films from the content they captured. Embedded video inside. [more]
Jill Peters’ project, Sworn Virgins of Albania features women who chose to live their entire lives as males in order to avoid the oppressive laws of the Kanun. In the Balkans, women are considered to be property of their husbands, which means women basically are not allow to do anything freely. The freedom to drive, earn their own money, drink, smoke or even swear are all foreign concepts to them. As young girls, they are forced to get married to much much older men. To fight this, they only had one option – to live their lives as men. [more]
This is a crazy concept that is truly amazing: Directed by Emmy-award winner Patrick Moreau of stillmotion, the docu-short PULSE profiles the making of the BioBeats app, a new technology that utilizes cameras to generate custom music based on a human heart rate. The subject of this short is awesome in itself, but it’s also one of the first Short films to be done on the Canon C100. Let us know what you think! [more]
The incredibly young and talented, Joey L. has released a new documentary that was shot while shooting his intimate series of photos, ‘Holy Men’. Set in the breathtaking backdrop of India, the documentary filmed by Cale Glendening shows Joey while at work with his assistant Ryan, but more importantly proves that capturing an amazing portrait isn’t just about the latest gear or technique, but truly the subject.
Photographer James Balog has put together a documentary called “Chasing Ice,” which we featured last October, designed to look at the controversial issue of climate change. The video here is the trailer if you haven’t yet seen it, but I stumbled upon another video of the largest iceberg breakup ever caught on camera over at The Guardian. [more]
For the past 3 years the One Day On Earth community has set out to capture video of the entire planet on triple digit days (10.10.10, 11.11.11, 12.12.12). In short the project is comprised of amateur and professional filmmakers from every country, background, technique, etc. and creates a beautiful, geotagged video archive of the day. If you have something to say to the world, or to ask of it now, is the time to do so. For more info, go to the ODOE website and find out how you can participate!
OVERVIEW: An Incredible Mini-Doc Featuring Five Decades Of Extraterrestrial Photography And Cinematography
Looking for your daily inspiration? Look no further. As a result of the famous Blue Marble photograph, author Frank White coined the term ‘The Overview Effect.’ The Overview Effect is the reaction most astronauts have to seeing the Earth from space: common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, [more]
Have you ever wondered who the people are behind some of Instagram’s biggest profiles? With the way it’s setup, you see their work first but you don’t get to know too much about who they are. Some of the users on Instagram have tremendous followings. What drives them to shoot and who are they? Here are some great interviews about them and their work. [more]
I’m a big fan of the mission and idea behind websites like Kickstarter. I appreciate creating a community of people from all over the world who help each other pursue their dreams. On Indieagogo, a site similar to Kickstarter, I came across this cool project on photographer, Fred Lyons. [more]
ReutersTV put together this video of interviews with their photographers as they describe what happened to them during and after the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy, and how they worked to capture compelling images. The interviews are balanced by the powerful imagery that these shooters captured of the hardships people faced, many of them left with destroyed homes. [more]
The Saddest Boy In The World is a short film by Vancouver filmmaker, Jamie Travis of Modern Family Productions. “Saddest Boy” is a perfect double rainbow of dark humor and a vintage nabes-esque aesthetic. On Modern Family Production’s site, there is a Q&A section with the director that gives some insite to how they made the movie. Here is a selection from the Q&A … [more]
I believe that if a photographer wants to grow in their craft one of the best exercises they can do is pick a particular subject and focus on all the different ways to shoot it. While out in North Carolina I met Stephen Wilfong, a photographer there that over the course of 7 years pushed his creative boundaries to shoot every clock he could find in New York City. [more]
It could be the aftermath of a war, or the result of a strong Tsunami. It could be the destruction of a Hurricane, or the Devastation of a terror attack. The moment after something horrible happens, is also the moment people capture powerful images of (bad) historic events. We all remember few iconic shots of such events, photos we’ve seen for hundreds of times on TV, in newspapers or just online. This is why I chose to feature very powerful images you probably never saw before.
From the guy who brought you silver and light, Ian Ruhter brings you American Dream. Not only are the unique images he creates breath taking, but the stories behind them are incredibly inspirational. I believe this is one of the truest forms of photography, from creating each one of a kind image by hand, and by looking at these portraits you feel as if you know the individual that’s in the photograph. To Ian it is not about making money in photography, it is about the pursuit of happiness, and he goes about this through the camera he made and his journeys that make these images. [more]