Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sometimes I cannot smile

Sometimes I cannot smile is a personal intimate journey inside the Greenlandic juvenile world where nature, violence, boredom and a strong cultural legacy have been claiming for decades the highest and saddest "toll". That of hundreds of young lives.





























says Pier Cassotti, the Italian photographer who pursued this multimedia project. For more information please visit his website, especially the Arctic Spleen Project.
I learned about the project via Burn, which is quite a good introdruction to his work.
What can I say - one of the most expressive and impressive documentary photography I encountered this year.
To me what makes documentary photography good is that it shows respect for the subject, respect for the people. And that it interests me in things I haven't been interested in before.
Right now I am wondering how Greenland's decision to lift the uranium and rare earths mining ban (see here for example) will influence the life of the people we see in Pier's photographs.
I can't remember thinking that much about Greenland before.

BTW: Delivery was fast - yes, the photo shows my copy's front cover ;-) - and the book is wonderful and high quality - Paper: Munken Lynx 150gr, Printing: Duotone Offset.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hull, Mainz-Gustavsburg, Germany, 2010. Or: Visit Danbury, Connecticut!


If you want to see this photo as a print you have to visit the upcoming show at The Gallery at Still River Editions, 128 East Liberty Street Danbury, Connecticut 06810.
Okay, I know that's a little bit too far away for most of us  - sorry it's such short notice. ;-)
Many sincere thanks to Vito Pasquale who made this possible and of course many thanks to Mark Savoia from Still River Editions. Thank you so much!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

dark cat - minolta rf 500mm f/8 rokkor-x


Some days ago I bought a used Minolta RF 500mm f/8 Rokkor lens. Rokkor-X in the North American market. Thanks to Markus Spring for the info about the sale btw :-). There was neither the time nor the weather (mostly cloudy) to test the lens appropriately (like with tripod and remote control and mirror flip-up and reference lenses and 5 extra kilograms of gear ... yaddayadaayadaa ... okay I am lazy sometimes ...) I simply took it for an after work walk today.



Interesting things happened. Like the photo above which I like quite a lot. It's too dark. Yes. It almost seems post processed. But it's out of the camera and besides the resizing nothing happened to it. Handheld in shutter priority at 1/500 and ISO 400. I really like the "donut" background (more visible in the original file).


Above a 1:1 crop of the original file. Not that bad for the 18th photo I ever took with that lens (no one really wants to see most of the other 47 I took - it's not easy to focus handheld and when the light is really bad). Photo no. 13 is posted on the real blog tonight. Interesting effect there, too.
I like the lens very much. It's fun to do different things - or things different - and to learn again how to get things under control. Or not ;-) More to come ... perhaps.