This wonderful 15-minute video profile of photographer Michael Wolf is part of a new series produced by FOAM in Amsterdam. article writing submission . Lens Culture has featured (and interviewed) Michael Wolf since our beginning in 2004. article writing submission . FOAM’s production is a big-budget treat, and an insider’s view to the working methods and thinking of one of today’s more provocative photographers. squido lense . Enjoy!
I first started following Emiliano Granado’s work in 2008 when he was named part of the PDN 30 for that year. As I do each year, I looked at everyone’s website and for those who had blogs, added them to my RSS reader [lamentably, a technology that’s never taken off]. Since I was living in Argentina at the time, I was obviously very interested in his take on the place.
About a year later I was doing an unpaid internship for a free English language newspaper in Buenos Aires. We were doing a story on Cumbia Villera and I emailed Emiliano asking for permission to use one of his photos.
He said no, as I would have, because we had no budget and we were trolling for free content. Nevertheless, we struck up a correspondence and another year later, in the winter of 2010, we were both in Los Angeles at the same time and we met up for coffee. Afterwards, sitting in his rental car, he took out a box of these precious little 4×5″ polaroids from his “secret” project.
I felt like an effete Englishman in the 19th century, on a grand tour of the Middle East, being shown a book of “naughty” postcards by some sly merchant. I wanted to look, to really stare, but felt guilty in his presence.
I remember asking him how many photos he took in a single session. The response floored me, accustomed as I was to the modest endeavors of cash-strapped photographers in Argentina. Sensing my surprise he said, simply, “go big or go home.” Perhaps it’s not the most original advice, but it’s something I’ve taken to heart in all my subsequent projects. Though I’m sad to miss tonight’s opening of his project Time for Print, I can’t wait to see it in person and stare to my heart’s content.
I found a nice little create-a-panorama application called Microsoft Image Composite Editor. The great things about this app are that it’s completely free, it’s super simple to use and it doesn’t complicate itself with additional features. This app keeps its eye on the panorama prize.
Some potential drawbacks for users are that it’s Windows-only: quite a big deal for some photographers who are Mac die-hards. In that case, you can still use your old standard – Photoshop – for making panoramas.
To make a panorama in Photoshop you’ll use its Photomerge tool to make one large image of several smaller images. In CS3 using this tool is as simple as choosing Photomerge under the File menu and following the instructions presented to you in the dialog box. You can choose any images for your panorama and also select the layout style.
So in a nutshell, if you’ve got Photoshop and you need a panorama stitched up, you’re all set! If you prefer the freeware route and you’re on a PC, look into Microsoft Image Composite Editor. But if you’re on a Mac and a budget, you may well be screwed, folks.
How do you create your panoramas?