The summer solstice puts the actual season a few weeks away, but the May and June proliferation of graduations, weddings, beach trips and barbecues mean summertime even if the calendar hasn't yet caught up. Since so many events often mean much capturing of memories on memory cards (and film? Yes, please?), it seems like a good time to make a little list of Ten Entirely Subjective Commandments for Successful Summer Photography.
Let's shoot, shall we? (Sorry.)
Say "awkward family photos" and the first thing that comes to my mind is my grandmother's house, any Thanksgiving between the years of, say, 1978-2004. We were all forced to gather around one end of the table in a too-small dining room, while she tried to operate a camera that always - always - malfunctioned (Disc cameras, even, for a few of those years. Remember those? See Boing Boing's "Bad Old Days: Kodak Disc 4000 Camera" for a refresher and then give your PowerShot a big kiss. )
I went to the Met this afternoon and saw the most wonderful exhibits. If you are in the NYC area and you love art and fashion and photography, you must make your way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Pictures Generation exhibit and the Model as Muse exhibit.
I wanted to write the story of my mother. But when I started constructing it in my head I realized that it would take far too long and based on my scattered knowledge, wouldn't make much sense to anyone outside the family. She's complex, my mother. Her story is full of independence, restlessness, a great lost love, a long drawn out painful marriage, numerous missteps and triumphs. It is a great story, but an unfinished one. And without her permission and memories to pick from I'm afraid I couldn't do the telling of it justice.
About 15 years ago, I asked a good fashion-photographer-friend of mine to help me pick out a camera. "I want to start learning photography," I said.
"What kind?" he asked. "I mean, are in you interested in landscapes? Portraits?"
"Portraits, I guess," I responded. "I mean, I don't want to be a professional photographer, but I'm hoping that one day, when I have a family, I'll be able to take amazing portraits like you take."
"Okay," he said. "Let's go."
I am trying to promote a new group for photographer bloggers. It's called Photo bloghers, check it out at http://www.blogher.com/groups/photo-bloghers. I would like to discuss and meet fellow photo bloggers and feel this would be a great way to connect.