October 7, 2010

Nikkormat, Stieglitz, Abstraction, a South Korean General and Photo History made with an iPad

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Whew!  What a wonderful confluence of events last week.  Monday, I was looking for some slides in preparation for starting my From the Archive feature on this blog.  I did not find what I was looking for, but did find my first real camera (see and listen below) and a stack of Polaroids.

I used this Nikkormat/Nikomat FTN first a teen in the early 1970's.  In 1986, covering political and economic change in South Korea, one of my primary cameras was damaged by a protester's rock.  I had brought along the old Nikkormat as a backup and used it to photograph this South Korean army general during talks with his North Korean counterparts in the DMZ between the two countries.

I brought this teen era Nikon, along with a Leica (received from my Grandfather) and a Yashica Mat 124G, as period props to a series of photo history classes I taught starting last Tuesday.  Each student brought a printout of an image from the history of photography.  I shot each image to project it on the classroom video screen.  The students then explained the qualities of the image they chose.

River Dam at Dawn
Wednesday morning, at one of my photographic haunts along the Connecticut River in Turners Falls, Mass., I created this in-camera multiple exposure.  (I later gave it the Stieglitz treatment in my computer darkroom.  Digital meets old school.)

As I continued to photograph in the dawn's early light, I was suddenly and pleasantly overwhelmed and inspired by the impact of the of all the images I had seen in class.

Pictorial Abstraction

One student brought an image that represented Pictorial Photography, a movement that began in the early 1900's.  Proponent photographers create imagery akin to paintings.  

Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry
On Thursday, we made photo history in photo history class.  Instead of a printout off the web, or a page from a book, one student's image arrived to class on an iPad.

Photo and iPad courtesy of Brad Chatellier.

Tech Tips: Nikon D700, 24-70 mm, ISO 640.  River Dam at Dawn is an in-camera multiple exposure, with several of the exposure intentionally out of focus to varying degrees. With Pictorial Abstraction I moved my camera vertically during a 1/4 second exposure. ©2010 John Nordell