Saturday, September 17, 2005

Pretty Purple


Pretty Purple, originally uploaded by Master Shake.

Master Shake says:

I'm 26, female & liberal. I've been shooting seriously for 10 years. Just starting to get used to digital photography.

I enjoy photography because I'm an artist and the camera captures what my eyes notice in everyday life.
Digital
I have a Canon S70.
35mm
I shoot with a Canon A2E and a lomo camera called the LC-A.
120 format
I use a Diana and a Holga.

I like to cross process my film and double expose it. I do not sharpen any colors or use photoshop in any of my work.

I have a photoblog on Flickr because I was invited by friends to check it out and I fell in love. I'm administrator of the popular Dead Creatures pool and also a few others.

I love having my work out there for people to see and respond to.

Can't wait to see everybody's work @ the NYC Exposition!!!!

Vietnam 362


Vietnam 362, originally uploaded by VJnet.

VJnet says:
1. My name is Vietjohn Tran. I am 29 years old. I was born in Morris, IL, lived in Pennsylvania for 10 years until my family moved to Danbury, Connecticut, to start our own business as an Asian food and goods store called Saigon Market. I now live in West Hartford, CT, and work as a Graphic Designer at ESPN. I graduated from Southern Connecticut State University, being the first in my family to graduate from college. I have one younger brother named Namjason. My parents named me VIETjohn and my brother NAMjason so that we would always remember where we are from (Vietnam.)

2. I love the moments that can be captured by photography. I am more of a candid snapshot photographer, and I use my Nikon Coolpix 2100 to take pictures.

3. The Flickr community is a wonderfully, positive place to share with other people from all over the world. I like the interactivity that you can get through Flickr. It is a forum where you can express yourself, interact, discuss topics and break down the walls of communication.

4. I believe that the NYC Exposition is a good opportunity to express our love and interests of photography and the people behind the camera. It is also an exposition about how Flickr has brought all of us closer together as a community.

Thank you and Eros for all your hard work and getting this put together. I am very excited about the show and meeting everyone.

BustB!G,
VJ

p.s. My friends call me VJ for short :-)

Friday, September 16, 2005


, originally uploaded by EWilund.

EWilund says:

About me: I am an artist and emerging photographer. I am trying to move into photography full time, but must keep my day job as a designer for now.

Why photography?: It is the one activity that makes me truly happy, the one that makes so much sense to me. It is my journal, my therapy, it is a part of me. I shoot with a Fuji digital and an OLD Monolta SLR, and am in love with the wonders of black & white images.

Why flickr?: It is a wonderful place to experiment and exercise my craft, to get feedback from other photographers, and to be inspired by the other amazing photographers who choose to display their work there.

Why the NYC Exposition?: To be a part of a community of photographers, and to have my work seen by people who might not otherwise see it.

More: What is it about art anyway that we give it so much importance? Artists are so respected by the poor because what they do is an honest way out of the slum, using one's shear self as the medium. The money earned, proof - pure & simple - of the value of that individual, the artist. The picture a mother's son does in jail hangs on her wall as proof that beauty is possible even in the most retched. And, this is a much different idea than the fancier notion that art is a scam & a rip-off. But you could never explain to someone who uses God's gift to enslave, that you have used God's gift to be free...

Thanks for asking,
Erick
www.flickr.com/photos/erick16/

Thursday, September 15, 2005

zebra-girl


zebra-girl, originally uploaded by T. Honey.

T. Honey says:

1. I'm a dop/video photographer in a small independent company, 25 years old, poor, partly unemployed. I live in the capital of Norway.

2. Photography is the easiest way of being creative for me. The elements wich creates the pictures can be found everywhere.

Currently, I use cheap digital cameras and photoshop. I take thousands of pictures and pick out the best ones.

I also use 70's pocket cameras and different film stocks when I have money for it ;).

3. I like sharing ideas and finding out which of my pictures are working for the viewer, which ones people like and dislike.

4. Showing my pictures in NY would be a great event for me, I like the idea of international exchange of art.

The Coffeeshop


The Coffeeshop, originally uploaded by raquez.

Raquez says:

Hi Clarisel. I have been on Flickr for some time but not really using it until Judith Escalona of PRDream/Medianoche told me about the NYC Expo. The idea of a group of photographers, who for the most part live near each other, meeting for the first time at the Expo really intrigued me.

I have been a professional Web producer for human rights organizations for 8 years now and believe in the community-building possibilities that the Web has to offer. Your use of Flickr, narrowing sections of it down to East Harlem (my home, my friends, the best neighborhood in NYC!) is brilliant and I want to be a part of this online community.

I was a feature-length filmmaker for 20 years (gaffer, cinematographer, producer, and finally screenwriter) but prior to that, I was a photographer for about 3 years. When I retired from filmmaking, I returned to my first interest. I work both in film and in digital. Because of time, expense and my abilities with photoshop, I have worked with digital much more in the last few years.

My style is to use small unobtrusive non-professional digital cameras intended to produce photographs for viewing on Web sites and desktop computers (hate laptops). I also use these amateur cameras for small prints, usually 2x3 inches, which I mount and use as parts of larger print projects that often involve the use of language as well. One online example of this is on my award-winning personal Web site, 100 Things ( www.100things.com ).

I currently use an old small Nikon coolpix (3.5 pixel) and use the finest setting JPEG.

For larger format print work, I use film cameras or a Nikon digital that has interchangeable lenses. But that is for the professional portraiture work that I do.

My style also involves a very careful use of lighting. Having been a gaffer and cinematographer for 20 years, I learned about lighting by creating lighting effects with large amperage fixtures (10,000 watt, 5,000 watt, HMI's, arc lights, etc). What I do now is try to find available lighting that will approximate what I used to have to create artificially for films (50 movies, mostly horror films). Consequently, I am fascinated by night, low-light, photography. Another aspect of my lighting is never to use a flash. I would rather explore the exciting blurring properties of digital imagery (much different than the blurring you get with slow shutter film camera settings) than to see something artificially and flatly lit by a flash unit on my camera (ugh).

If you're still reading, thank you! I look forward to meeting you.

Roberto A. Quezada

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

BUD LIGHT SERIES #1


BUD LIGHT SERIES #1, originally uploaded by jon fobes.

Jon Fobes says:

1. Divorced. Assistant News Editor at Ohio's largest newspaper, The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

2. I enjoy both taking photos and then working on them in the digital darkroom, which is to say, "Photoshop." If I have a "style," I would have to say it's macro photography. I have a Nikon D70.

3. Flickr works wonderfully. The groups, the tags, the different-sized pictures, the ability to interact with others, which is to say groups and contacts. Excellent!

4. Reason to be part of the NYC Exposition: Just to share some images.

5. Thanks for this opportunity to share photos!

Thanks.

cafe


cafe, originally uploaded by mjutabor.

Mjutabor says:

1. I am 35 years old, female, and I live in Germany.
2. I fell in love with photography not very long ago, perhaps because as a writer, I sometimes run out of words. I am still experimenting with styles and treatments and actually, I hope this phase will never stop. I am using a bunch of rather mediocre digicams (3-4 mpix) and a battered holga.
3. I began using Flickr as a means of exchange with a few friends who live further away. Also, I immensely enjoy strolling through other peoples' photographic worlds.
4. I received a friendly invitation to the NYC Exposition and thought it was a neat idea.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

BIKE RIDERS


BIKE RIDERS, originally uploaded by Little Sureshot.

Little Sureshot says:
1)My name is Chuck, and I am a 5'3" open male. I live in Miami, originally from the Bronx, New York. I live in Miami with my Panamanian love Luis.
2) I love photography since I was a child. My father had the latest cameras and film equipment in the house and I had free access to them. I can not remember a time in my life when I did not own a camera. When I attended college at the University of Connecticut, I joined the Photo Club and had full use of all SLR cameras and developing labs. My first SLR love was a Nicomat. Loved that camera. Nearly failed out of school because I spent so much time in the developing lab. I currently own a Cannon Pro Shot G6. I love it for its size and convenience but am driven to buy a digital SLR with interchangable lens. Have owned many file SLR's previous to this. I love to photograph in black and white and love to play with contrast and tone. I love landscape and people. Especially portraits.
3) I adore FLICKR for many reasons. One is that I can get feedback on my pictures instanteouly instead of putting the pictures in an album and once or twice a year digging it out and having friends comment on them.
Second, I love seeing other pictures from around the world and communicating with other photographers. There are such great people out there and this site puts you in touch with them. Finally, it drives me to be better. When I see all the beautiful, incredible pictures posted, it makes me pick my camera up and think in different ways to make a better picture.
4) Well, I love New York. And, Vic is a super guy and I want to help him in any way I can. And, I hope someone will be inspired by one of my pictures. Perhaps someone will see something in one of my photos to make him or her think differently or to relate with something in their life or work.
5) I want to just to thank all the great people that I have had the pleasure of meeting, talking to and enjoying their work in these past months: Nepenthes, Atila, Mosjos, Eros Leafar, Rivello, EXB-WDC, Taddeus, Momentary Lapse of Reason, Estan, and many others. I love you guys...you inspire me.

Kite with hand


Kite with hand, originally uploaded by Joelio.

Joelio says:

I'm a single guy, mid-30s. I work in...computer stuff.

I like to think I have an eye for things. I don't know if I've found a style. I prefer pictures with less things than more. I use natural light mostly. On my Canon Powershot G2.

I like the social aspect of Flickr.

Zocalo


Zocalo, originally uploaded by Wananga.

Wananga says:
1 - My name is Robert Marshall. I was born in New Rochelle, New York. My family moved to Georgia when I was a teen-ager.

2 - I like the capturing of a moment. I like the way a photo can show another viewpoint. My style is to shoot what I see. I use a Canon EOS Rebel (film).

3- I like sharing my pictures on Flickr because it exposes them to so many other people who offer wonderful feedback. It also gives me the chance to explore the work of other people and learn from what they do.

4 - I thought the NYC Expo would be interesting. I love the combination of images from so many people.

5 - ... Thanks! I guess what is in my profile is my technique for photography. Everything is worthy of a picture. We, photographers, have to find the art that is in everything.

Monday, September 12, 2005

_DSC9001


_DSC9001, originally uploaded by εήίgmά.

εήίgmά says:

1. I'm 38, married, with one son, two cats, and a bird. I was born in the U.S., but spent from 3 years old until second grade in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. I left the U.S. in 1989 and ended up in Taiwan where, aside from a 6-year or so stint in Seattle, is where I've lived since. I speak Chinese fluently, but can't read or write it...and sadly, I read Spanish well, but can't speak or write it. I think "Culturally & Linguistically Confused" is a good description for me. LOL.

2. My move back to photography was after a successful career in music. I'm the kind of person who simply must have a creative voice, whether it is music or visual...some things just can't be communicated in words (even though I majored in Creative Writing at the university).

My photo style? My own. I don't try to define it, or I can't work. I simply shoot what feels right, how it feels right to shoot it. I'm noticing a trend toward shooting things as I see them, and not necessarily as they are (if that makes sense). The things that I shoot are compelling to me, for one reason or another. I shoot Nikon F80s and D70, and am considering moving to Hassleblad for film.

3. I post to Flickr for feedback. I learn whether my intent in a photograph is communicated to others accurately.

Why Flickr? Because there is no official rating system, so I think that unhealthy competition is minimized. I find that Flickr is a good place to find if what I find compelling is also compelling to others. As a very isolated photographer, the feedback is very important.

4. I have several reasons for being part of the NYC Expo. One is the association with a place that I have not been for 30 years, but one which probably formed many of my fundamental personality: the Carribean, especially Puerto Rico. (The expo will be held at PRDream/Medianoche in Spanish Harlem and there is a special call for Puerto Rico- and Latino-related images.)

I also think the idea of a photographic exposition that does not involve physical prints fascinates me (although I wonder sometimes how on earth you will get all of the colors and tones right, as you can't see the prints...but then realize that it really doesn't matter, the virtual prints will just be different, just as people who view photographs on two different monitors often see two different photographs).

5. I chose the business name Enigma Photography precisely because I *hate* having to answer questions like this, and seriously considered working under the professional name Enigma, but it didn't feel quite right. I tell people that the trick to viewing many of my photographs is to go beyond what they see with their physical eyes and to look at them with their emotional eyes. This may make sense to no one other than me :-)...

I'm not the most logical person around. LOL...

091105_5


091105_5, originally uploaded by olivial.

A note from Olivial:

I'm a senior at New York University, studying anthropology and Islamic art and architecture. My camera is a Canon Powershot A510, and I mostly like to photograph urban street scenes of everyday life in the city.

I like using Flickr because it allows me to receive feedback and criticism on my photos, but also for constantly being exposed to the work of others and seeing so many wonderful photographs that inspire me to get out there more and keep working on my craft. I love the community aspect of Flickr, which is one of the main reasons why I'm so excited about being part of the NYC Exposition. It seems like such a great way to bring together a diverse group of people and to be able to see everyone's take on New York through photographs.


- Olivia Liddell (olivial)

Sunday, September 11, 2005

motel


motel, originally uploaded by _Silverstar_.

Silverstar says:
1) I was born in the Dominican Republic, and I currently live in New York. I am 22 years old. I'm an advertising art student.

2) Why I love photography? It's a different way to see daily things on a picture. My photo style basically is self-portrait, and I use a Sony Cybershot 3.2 digital camera.

3) I enjoy Flickr because I like to receive constructive criticism from other people. I also have my pictures on Flickr as a online portfolio of my work.

4) The NYC Exposition is a new experience for me. I have never shown my photos outside the web community. It would be interesting to see other people's opinions of my work.

5) I'm in love with photography! The NYC Exposition is a wonderful experience!

Regards,

Liz

window surrounded by ivy


window surrounded by ivy, originally uploaded by _Kelsey.

Kelsey says:
I'm 16. I'm in high school. There's this guy in my class who really likes photography. I looked at his pictures, liked them, and wanted to try my own photography. It's so awesome! I like to share my photos and look at photos that others are sharing.

Tierra del Fuego - Chile


Tierra del Fuego - Chile, originally uploaded by #freelance.

#freelance says:
OK, my name is Felipe Camus. I chose freelance as my nickname because it's a poetic way of life. I'm in my last year at the university, and I'm only a few steps from my architect degree. As my profile says, I'm almost an architect.

I enjoy life; I enjoy beauty; I'm a hunter of simplicity. My pursuit is all about discovering authentic beauty again. Something that is nothing but obvious and lost in the contemporary and global society.

Architecture is my life, but I breathe photography.

I'm open to any kind of exploration in the visual art of digital photography.
I started on Flickr because of the possibility of sharing my experience and of seeing things in this world with a deeper perspective.

I became part of NYC Expo because I think that my way of seeing things here on Chile, on the other side of the world, can show more than local life. It simply serves as a true search of beauty.



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