Friday, 15 April 2011

Photo Story - Research (after pitch)

This is just a general - what I've been recently looking at - blog post. I'll post websites, blogs, videos, images, that i'm enjoying at the moment.

I've been "stumbling" quite a bit recently.

StumbleUpon allows you to explore the internet, highlighting your preferences and personal interests and letting the application itself “stumble” upon different websites over the internet within your choices. It’s like a search engine for specific interests. You can choose your interests (there’s roughly a few hundred to choose from), a few of mine include: photographm photoshop, humor, quotes, animals, space, music, tattoos, film, etc. You can also choose which way you’d like to stumble. Eg. You can select to just watch videos of your interests, or perhaps images. If you like a particular page it stumbles across, you can “like” the page (much like on facebook!) so you can come back to it later on, not forgetting it. I have at least a 100 favourites already and I’ve been signed up to the site for a little over 2 weeks. It’s been a great way to explore photography in a new way; selecting just photography or photoshop, it has introduced me to 100s of photographers, websites, techniques, help, etc. I’ve found amazing sites for journals and scrapbooking, it’s really intrigued me and Honey’s module has also inspired me to carry on making scrapbooks. My weak side is definitely editing as I don’t own photoshop, so I have been “stumbling” photoshop websites for techniques which has been a big help. It’s a great website and more people should know about it!

Some of my favourite photographers:

Brent Stirton:

Brent Stirton is a Senior Photographer for Getty Images, based in New York. His award-winning work has been widely recognized for its powerful depiction of issues related to conflicthealth and environmental issues. Stirton specializes in documentary work and is known for his alternative approaches to photojournalism, including lighting portraiture in the field, and his prolific work rate. He travels an average of nine months of the year, working exclusively on commissioned assignment.
Stirton’s work has appeared in NewsweekNational GeographicCNN Traveler, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington PostMagazine, The Sunday Times magazine, Le Monde 2GQ, Geo and many other respected international titles. He also writes a blog for theDiscovery Channel.
In working to visually interpret a story, Stirton often works in tandem with journalists from the world’s leading publications. In the last two years he has worked regularly with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and Anderson Cooper on topics such as the tsunami disaster or religious fundamentalism, compiling still documentaries on tropical news events which are then voiced over and aired.
He works extensively on humanitarian issues including HIV/AIDSenvironmentpovertyconflict and post-conflict recovery, and women’sempowerment issues. Stirton works on a regular basis for the Global Business Coalition against AIDS and The Global Fund against AIDS,Tuberculosis and Malaria. He also works in the field for sustainability for The World Wide Fund for Nature, shooting global campaigns on the relationship between people and their environments. He also has worked for the Ford Foundation and the Clinton Foundation.
Stirton has won numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including five awards from the World Press Photo Foundation; in 2007 he was cited as a “Hero of Photography” in PopPhoto Magazine. Stirton holds a degree in Journalism from his native South Africa, where he began his career photographing apartheid issues.

My favourite image by Stirton - I love the way in which the hunters are trying to find the gorillas through the forest, yet they're fully aware of where the hunters are. Smart creatures. And Brent is also incredible for capturing this image. Beautiful.


A friend showed me this guy a few weeks ago, and I'm absolutely in love with him! Not that i'd be able to resemble any of his style within my images - I just think his photos are inspiring and quite different to a lot of photographers I've seen recently. 

JAMES NACHTWEY: AKA. My favourite photographer in the world

James Nachtwey was born on March 14, 1948. He is an American photojournalist and war photographer. Nachtwey started working as a newspaper photographer in 1976 at the Albuquerque Journal. In 1980, he moved to New York and began working as a freelance photographer. In 1981, Nachtwey covered his first overseas assignment in Northern Ireland illustrating civil strife. He has documented a variety of armed conflicts and social issues, spending time in South Africa,Latin America, the Middle EastRussia, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union shooting pictures of war, conflict and famine, and images of socio-political issues (pollutioncrime and punishment) in Western Europe and the United States.

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