Cassidy Kristiansen is relentless in her pursuit of perfection in her work, whether it be the lighting, retouching, or the pursuit of that unique element that gives the image its spark. Here, she shares the thinking behind 3 simple-yet-elegant black and white portraits.
She says, “I like to create images that are clean, yet dramatic, using lighting to show the subject is the main focus… I also enjoy using different elements, such as the model’s wild hair or a bold hat to really bring another aspect to the picture…”
Photography legend Mary Ellen Mark will be hosting a hands-on workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico from June 26 – July 6, 2011. The workflow is centered on black and white film photography. Each student will receive multiple reviews of their work, assignments, and individual conferences with Mark herself. A book will be put together containing the best images from the workshop, with three or four images from each student.
Mark’s site also contains PDFs optimized for Apple’s iPad which chronicle the Oaxaca workshop photographs from 2009 and 2010. Full details are available here.
Visit her site to view all details of the workshop, including logistics, requirements, travel and lodging information, applications, and an insightful statement from Mark herself on the workshop.
We previously profiled Mary Ellen Mark on the Mamiya blog in April of 2010, when she reported, “The work my students do in Oaxaca is very inspiring to me. I’m very proud of them. It’s great work.” She has run workshops in New York, and launched her beautiful new sitein February.
Evan Baines is undertaking a great photographic series of how Americans eat. Baines has some great long exposures of eateries at night. Evoking a weird (in the best sense of that word) vision all his own with morsels of Edward Hopper, Robert Frank, and Raymond Chandler thrown in, we see a great photography book in the making. Medium format black and white film nirvana.
Armed with a Mamiya 7 and Kodak Tri-X film, we think this is a great project with impressive results. Baines also shoots an RZ67. Based in Nashville, Baines travels for weddings and other assignments. We hope to see more of his late night restaurants from other parts of the country. Keep up the great work, Evan!