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|
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.
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|
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