Under Construction – Composite Images

“Building upon the history of composite photographs produced in the 19th century (by the likes of Henry Peach Robinson, Oscar Gustave Rejlander, Camille Silvy, William Notman and others), utilize and combine individual elements from your own separate photographs to construct composite images that are informed by (but also update) this tradition.”

Zelig – Real and Fake

Woody Allen’s Zelig brings up a lot of issues of realism vs fabrication. It seems that using every available method of convincing the audience that the film is real, through mixing fabricated video with historical video, copying the narrator from an earlier time, and using a visual style similar to the early 1900s, Zelig is able to create a fake history.   As someone who approached this film being unfamiliar with Woody Allen and having a more naturally believing attitude, this film demonstrates how seemingly easy it is to create a fake history that is totally believable. One of the …

Jerry Thompson – Truth and Photography

Jerry Thompson’s Truth and Photography¬†is an important piece of literature for every contemporary photographer, and their audience as well. Essentially everyone who is confronted with photographs. In a world saturated with photographic and camera accessibility to the masses and it’s seemingly dehumanizing affect, it can seem like pursuing photography seriously as a photographer or valuing images as a consumer may be deemed unworthy.   ‘ “Descriptive poetry consists, no doubt, in description, but in description of things as they appear, not as they are.” These writers were interested not in the “objective” world so much as in the individual self’s …

Edgar Allen Poe on Daguerreotype

Edgar Allen Poe’s belief that photography is “the most important, and perhaps the most extraordinary triumph of modern science” along with being “delighted in what he considered the magical accuracy of the photographic images” makes me, as a photographer, more appreciative of my craft and purpose. He sees photography, and daguerreotype specifically, as a magical instrument to capture reality. Even in that day it must have been impressive to obtain such clarity in images, since today, the most common source of imagery many of us look at is from a cell phone which is much worse quality yet still acceptable …

Fashion shoot with Kelly

https://jeremynative.com/portraits/home/informal/kelly-2/ I worked with Kelly creating some great fashion type of images and portraits. This is the second time working with Kelly, but this time around we talked about what it means to shoot in a fashion style. Usually I don’t edit photos to be such high contrast, but she convinced me and it looks better than I ever expected!