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Karen Divine

I don’t own an iPhone…yet, so I was excited to juror the recent call for entry by the Kiernan Gallery, iSpy: Camera Phone Photography to see how photographers are approaching this new tool. I was wowed by the array of images and stellar examples of technology’s newest tool. The exhibition opens on today, March 6th, and runs through April 7th. A catalogue of the exhibition is also available on Blurb.

The image I selected for the Juror’s Award was by created by Karen Divine. I had seen her images elsewhere, but had no idea that they were created with a cell phone.

Juror’s Award image

Born in Texas, Karen is a self-taught photographer, who has attended workshops and studied with a long roster of image makers. She was introduced to photography during a career as a model in NYC, and later discovered the possibilities of Photoshop. “I view the world in layers, stacking colors, textures, forms and stories onto each other as if one were walking through their day with blurred vision, not taking in specifics but piecing together various parts and overlapping them. Images that tell a story are important to me, images that are suggestive, a reflection of one’s inner turmoil and dreams, a personal documentary, images where the boundaries are somewhat obscure. I want to look at an image and be forced to look again and again. A sense of structure and design is important of course but behind my shapes and colors, there is usually another order of meaning, however abstract that may appear.”

Karen has created the project featured below, Shooting the Nude, where she explores the idea “Do women shoot the nude with a different vein of intention than the male?” She states, “Being the genesis of the greatest art, I wonder if the viewer of the image perceives the nude differently depending on the gender of its maker! Are we shooting the female form for it’s lines and shapes that make any composition visually appealing or is the image a reflection of our own sensuous or objective being? In answering these questions, I discovered a woman, playful, sinuous, provacative, a bit off in her antics and movements, confident, doubtful but always wanting to present herself in freedom.”

iSpy: Camera Phone Photography

Jack Simon

Maybe it’s because San Francisco photographer, Jack Simon, has worked as a psychiatrist for the last four decades that he is able to create work that is layered, complex, and interesting, or perhaps, it’s because he has spent the past seven years working as a street photographer, looking at humorous moments and odd juxtapositions, that he is able to make photographs that add up to something unexpected. His project, Strange Days, causes us to peel back the layers and explore new photographic realities.

This year a series of Jack’s photographs was shown at the International Format Festival in England, in addition he was a co-winner of the Street Photography Now Project and is currently competing as a finalist in the Xperia Studio Reality Remade competition, organized by Street Reverb Magazine. Jack is a member of the Burn My Eye Photo Collective, an international collective aiming to show the extraordinary within the ordinary using candid photography.

I am most interested in finding complex, colorful images, that transcend the documentary specifics of the moment and hopefully evoke stories in the minds of my viewers. My approach is to photograph without a specific theme or idea in mind. When I look back at the photographs I’ve taken certain groupings appear to me like missing pages from the same story, blown across time to different corners of the world. Without telling the full story, I’ve tried to put some of these images back together in portfolios. ‘Strange Days’ like the film I named the portfolio after, is one of these fragmented stories, a puzzle with plenty of missing pieces.

Images from Strange Days

Photo News – British Journal of Photography launches new iPad app

The British Journal of Photography is launching its iPad app tomorrow – for free, at least for now – and ahead of its launch I got a chance to test drive the Autumn issue. These are my thoughts and initial impressions, having downloaded and played with it for around an hour yesterday on a friend’s iPad.

I am not an iPad user, so I was getting used to the various sweeps, scrolls and swipes required to browse pages, bring up other menus and access specifics articles and images. This meant that it probably took me longer to do everything than a regular iPad user. With this caveat in mind, these are my thoughts.

Firstly, I had problems locating the app to download and ended up on a How to Use screen with lots of instructions. Clicking on the Issues button located in the top navigation bar, I got a sub-menu showing two video clips to download for £0.69. I later found out that I needed to press on the tablet to bring up the menu screen and then when I did, I needed to press the Back button to access a menu with three option one of which took me to the free content. Perhaps the default page that comes up could link directly to this menu, rather than the one with the video clips?

First hurdle cleared. Next, downloading the app. Warning it takes up nearly half a gig of space, well 400MB, so don’t download if you’re mobile and using a SIM card, or you could end up using a lot of your month’s download allowance in one go. It’s better to download from your wi-fi at home.

Once downloaded, the animated front cover portrait of the woman left me intrigued, but also slightly disturbed; the overall effect was a little spooky. Though it took me a while to get used to the scroll action, I soon found I could navigate more easily between sections and the bar showing thumbnails of the pages, though very small and difficult to read, allowed me to jump from section to section and from page to page.

But I did get a little confused, at times, as to what would follow next, sometimes it was clearly an advert, other times, I wasn’t so sure – the online experience of reading and looking involves so much more skimming and making snap judgments about what to stop and read, or look at. Clean design, high-quality content, with an interesting mix of topical features and reports, has left me keen to give the app another go –  I didn’t have a chance to do justice to the content, let alone explore the moving image material.

The app was created by Incisive Media’s in-house designers using the Mag+ platform. To watch a video of the of the first issue, visit BJPapp. The app will be available quarterly, exclusively through iTunes, the first issue is available free to download from tomorrow 7 September.

Contents in Issue 1 include:
• Exclusive interviews with celebrated portrait photographer Anton Corbijn and acclaimed German film director Wim Wenders on the relationship between still and motion images
• Five photographers, including Tim Walker and Zed Nelson, discuss their first adventures in filmmaking
• A special report on the role of photojournalism since 9/11
• Q&A with legendary South African photographer David Goldblatt
• A trend report on the new fashion for “character culture”
• Reviews of the latest photography gear, including tests of cameras, software, lighting and accessories.

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– Safety Vests Required for Photographers on Roadways

Think you look a bit goofy in a bright orange reflective vest? Well buddy, you’d better get used to it!

On Nov. 24, a new law requiring all workers on and along federal highways to wear high visibility safety apparel went into effect. Ah yes, construction crews should wear these, I hear you musing. But you should be aware that this new law includes verbiage in its definition of workers that points directly to you, photojournalists!

"While the law does not specifically list members of the media, it includes ‘people on foot whose duties place them within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway, such as … responders to incidents within the highway right-of-way’," the NPPA reports .

There doesn’t appear to be a federally supported fine for those failing to comply with this new law, but ultimately if it’s going to keep you safe, why not look like a big dork?

Learn more about the specifics of this new law in this NPPA post and please feel free to share your embarrassing photos of friends and co-workers decked out in their orange garb here! Comment away!