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Reinhold 'Gaffa' Quisenberry Holt

August 20, 2015

Photographic Art

I think ‘Art’, or whatever label we give it should be something pure in and of itself. Every time I see another article quoting the famous shooters from last century and then trying to relive it makes me want to throw up, jokingly…

But I would never look at their work.

To me it should be absolutely creatively inspired, not from some book you read or idea that has been planted in our minds by someone else’s notion of what the general consensus is on ‘Street Photography’.

Personally, if I follow that, ie, never follow, I love my photos and look at them all the time. That’s the style of shooter I look for and admire. wink emoticon Are we creative, or repeaters?

Keep Shooting,
Jeremy

Paris, Day 536 – August 2015

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Reinhold 'Gaffa' Quisenberry Holt

August 12, 2015

Paris Light Studies I

Paris, Day 528

Sometimes in life it is a choice of; what not to do, or what not to think, or be. The same follows in looking at the light as its cuts it’s way through the streets of Paris. 

What do we leave in, what do we leave out.

Gear:
Leica M3, 50mm Summitar, f/2
Canon EOS 5D, 50mm Pancake Ai-s; Nikon, 135mm F/2.8 Revuenon  

Reinhold 'Gaffa' Quisenberry Holt

July 30, 2015

Comments Regarding Street Photography

Even though I find much of the work I see as totally distasteful, horrible, and invasive, by self styled street photographers – I don’t agree or accept judgments on why things should or should not be a certain way, because that is exactly what they are, judgments.

Particularly when people have a pre-disposition that they are weighing things against, and therefore judging the status quo from.

If we are following a projection of someone else’s idea’s then we will be in a position where we judge everything else from this limited viewpoint.

Bottom line, I see many people are just copying and regurgitating someone else’s work. We need to be careful in alienating entire genre’s of people, perhaps they are moving through this and searching for their own style, in the end ‘this’, is what it’s all about.

Keep shooting,
Jeremy

Reinhold 'Gaffa' Quisenberry Holt

April 27, 2015

SLR or Rangefinder

I would say, something is lost by not ‘seeing through the lens‘. Rangefinders are quite limited I’ve found in this respect especially when getting the exact feel for depth of field.

People attached to the Leica Dream are going to justify why they should buy one. The reality is that a painter and an artist utilises all tools to create his masterpiece, in whatever medium suits the purpose. Attachment to SLR or Rangefinder limits and excludes the other.

Regarding Street Photography, one can use any size camera and be unseen, it is the attitude that counts, not what gear we use. The creativity behind the camera is what matters.

What I’ve found is a common error in nearly every review I’ve seen regarding this subject. People thinking that they should or need to choose one over the other; SLR or Rangefinder. This is an error in thinking, where we are only seeing things from being identified from a singular perspective. 

Gradually we can see in alternatives, then holographic and fourth dimensional thinking where we can consider many options all with alternatives, and all from a variety of simultaneous viewpoints. 

Street photographers seem to be making the same material as they perceive they need to. ie they mostly follow the trend of the great masters. True creativity and street photography does not follow any curve of way or pattern, it simply exists in the moment, when we choose it to.

This also follows in terms of black and white vs colour. B&W tends to draw our attention to a message in the photo itself, as everything is distilled into this message.

Colour seems to be much more complex, as we need to consider the light in far more detail, as there is simply more happening in the frame, and more of a spectrum to consider… 

It follows then, that colour photography, arguably is more complicated for this reason, and requires more thought both pre and post production for the shot. This won’t sit well with street photographers insisting to follow the herd in regards to the masters from 5 decades ago.

On the other hand we can reactively say, ‘I’m doing it my way‘, as if bouncing an echo of the canyon wall… that’s a start, but one is simply reacting. One must learn to go beyond the limitations of duality and thinking, and become more immersed into just being, and learning to create from within out as we observe the world around us with non-attachment.

Follow what ever path that inspires, absolutely, but make your own way…

Notes:

1. Gradualist thinking concepts are explained in more detail in the Logic in Sequences Series, and the Visualization and Consciousness Classes – John Whitman Ray.

2. The author has owned all types of camera systems rangefinder, SLR and DSLR in medium/35mm format.