David Soffa (b. 1987) was awarded a fellowship to Yale University Summer School of Art in 2009. He received a BA in Photography from Bard College in 2010. Primarily a landscape photographer, his images investigate the uncanny in everyday situations. Soffa’s photographs have been exhibited nationally in venues such as the Garrison Art Center and the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. His work can also be found in the 2013 competition issue of The Photo Review and an upcoming installment of Dwell Magazine. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
My apologizes, this blog has been in silent mode for a long time…not because nothing happens in Food For Your Eyes Land. Here is a round up page of past projects. Although, it’s true that for a while Twitter (@foodforyoureyes) caught me for its micro blogging attraction and immediate reactivity. This time is fadding a bit on my opinion, maybe because too much people are talking about the same (photographic) things so no one seems to listen to each other.
At a point I thought to transform this blog. But to what? to another tumblr on photography? Finally I took the decision to create www.foodforyoureyes.com, as I own the .com for many years. This is your new destination for everything related to FOOD FOR YOUR EYES .
As an independent curator my focus is on contemporary photography from all corners of the globe with a special interest in photobook makers . Check out the recent project I have been doing for Nofound Photo Fair in Paris November 2012 : Photographers & Book Makers show
However, foodforyoureyes @tumblr will stay mainly as an archives (it exists since 2007!), and news blog. Who knows, maybe I would have a delicious idea to feed the tumblr machine and keep blogging again! Stay tuned
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Lois Bielefeld grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated in 2002 from Rochester Institute of Technology, receiving her BFA in Advertising Photography. Soon after she made the mass migration with all the other photo graduates to NYC where she lived for seven years. After assisting photographers she began shooting commercial and fashion work. In 2008 she started The Bedroom when she shared a bedroom for one year with her eight year old daughter in their small Brooklyn apartment. She is very close to completion of the 100 portrait series and aims to publish a book of all the work. In 2010 she relocated back to Milwaukee with her eleven year old daughter, partner, guinea pig and their cat. Besides photography, Lois loves to bike, cook, eat and dabble in Midwestern things like trap shooting.
I already shared a link with a photo to Paolo Pellegrin’s National Geographic feature, Cuba’s New Now, in the last Features and Essays post,but I also want to show how good the opening spread looks in the actual magazine. blog comment . Stunning.
Paolo Pellegrin (b.1964. Italy) is a Magnum photographer who lives in Rome and New York City.
Excellent photos from Caracas by Oscar B. Castillo in Time Int’l issue October 9, 2012. The opening spread is particularly striking.
Moises Saman has some terrific images from the street protests in Cairo running in the latest Time Int’l issue dated October 1, 2012 alongside an article ‘A Moment for Moderates’ written by Fareed Zakaria. You can see Saman’s photographs online at Lightbox under the title ‘ Photographing the Clashes in Cairo’. Below the opening spread in the magazine.
book of San Francisco’s reaction to the 1906 earthquake, I got to
thinking. What if I could precisely line up photos taken in 1906 with my
own and combine the two together? I’ve always been frustrated by
typical “then and now” photos because the photographer always seems to
do a sloppy job aligning his ’then’ photos with the ‘now’ photos.
Now comes the fun part. Where was the exact spot the photographer
stood? What was the equivalent focal length of his camera’s lens
combined with the film medium? How high off the ground was the camera?
Where was the sun in the sky? Everything needs to be precise when
layering two photos on top of each other. My original idea was to tear
away a piece of the modern photo to expose the 1906 photo, but after
playing around a bit, everything seemed more interesting when the two
were softly blended together.
To put these photos together, I first create a catalog of historical photos that look like they have potential to be blended. Unfortunately most of these photos end up on the digital cutting room floor because there’s simply no way to get the same photo today because either a building or a tree is in the way. Once I get a good location, I get everything lined up just right. My goal is to stand in the exact spot where the original photographer stood. Doing this needs to take into account equivalent focal length, how the lens was shifted, light conditions, etc. I take plenty of shots, each nudged around a bit at each location. Just moving one foot to the left changes everything.
The current issue of F-Stop magazine is featuring photographs from Latin America. There’s a lot of interesting work there by photographers all over the globe (working in Latin America). I’m in there with a few of my Ochava pictures. It looks like their website doesn’t have permanent URLs, so I don’t know how long that link will work. Fortunately the blog Fototazo, has republished a number of the selections in five parts (part one, part two, part three, part four, and part five).