Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Blistered Blink

Here, now live in a blistered blink.
No dress rehearsals. No engraved invitations. BE Here NOW. BOOM. Take the snap or get off the street! BOOM. Do it. DO IT! Raise the friggin camera NOW use whatever settings you've got NOT the shoulda-woulda-coulda you wish you had - SNAP. Out- a focus - underexposed - it don't matter NOW or NEVER this way or no way.
Life is a blistered blink, baby... a blistered blink.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Dog Daze

Bums, Kids, and dogs are often the only interesting thing happening on the street. Bums and kids come with certain ethical baggage that you have to learn to deal with, and dogs..... well dogs are just not as easy to get good street photographs of as you might think. First, they're low to the ground,

second, they move fast...
and third, they have their own agendas...

For awhile I thought a good technique was to pretend to tie your shoe - that gets the camera close to the ground for a dog eye view...

But it can also make you look like a pervert doing up-skirt photography, so be advised.

Good street photos with dogs are challenging but worth the effort.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Hapless New Year

I started thebONGOLIAN a year ago with the goals of posting at least once a week ( I came close with 47 ) -- and to post only my own opinions and observations rather than rely on links to other people's stuff. A lot of blogs are comprised mostly of links - I know because I read and enjoy them, but I wanted to see what I could come up with "on my own" as it were.

That seemed to work for better or worse until about two months ago. I've had bouts with ennui before, but this is something more sinister, malignant.

In the past when my street photography wasn't working I would paint, or write, or binge on galleries to rekindle the fire.

That doesn't seem to be working this time but I'm not that concerned about it.

I only made one resolution for the new year. To be a better human being. Not a better photographer, or artist but a better person. What does that mean? How do you go about doing it? I'm not sure but I hope to find out.