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Calling All Creatives! Lensbaby’s “Project Disrupt” contest deadline is Oct. 8!

Lensbaby – makers of award winning lenses, optics, and accessories – is partnering up with Lume Cube and Mountainsmith, for Project Disrupt, a contest which will give 10 lucky individuals photography/videography gear to fuel their next passion project. It’s easy to enter via a simple form. Check it out & share your great idea! Project Disrupt Disruptions are great creative fire starters – they force us to stop what we’re doing, break out of our routine, and try something new. Our new Sol…

If the stars should appear

“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson On Thanksgiving night last November, I sat for hours in a Wisconsin farm field practicing night photography. The conditions weren’t optimal. Although…

My French nose saved my teeth: Mindfulness, creativity and taking on 2018 with purpose

Take a listen to street photographer Valérie Jardin’s inspiring and sometimes humorous end-of-year podcast with guest Karen Hutton as the pair take on a wide range of topics, from being bold enough to celebrate your own unique style and realistically pacing projects to artistic intent, physical health and avoiding creative burnout. Hit The Streets 67: Wishing You A Creative 2018 Take a listen here or on iTunes, Google Play, etc. Guest Bio Karen and Valerie in…

Inspiration: Timothy Allen

Excerpt Originally published in Street Photography Magazine I spoke with British photographer and filmmaker Timothy Allen via Skype as I began my day on the West Coast of the United States and he was wrapping up his afternoon on his remote farm in Wales. Although he rarely photographs in urban settings, Allen is an expert when it comes to human culture and interaction. For two years, he shot 90 % of the landmark BBC series,…

Our Own Brutal Use of the Land

In “American Landscapes,” a published collection of photographs from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art (1981), John Szarkowski writes about wilderness, wildness, public treasures and our human treading upon them. He also writes about what it means to photograph a landscape, to contemplate our apprehension of the “difference between our special human concerns and the earth’s own compulsions.” “We have been half persuaded by Thoreau and by the evidence of our own brutal…

Capture of the Day: Jan Sears

California photographer Jan Sears first took to the skies as a young boy. He began flying with his grandfather at the age of 10. He’s now a traffic pilot and makes stunning aerial images of beautiful San Francisco Bay and surrounding areas. I met Jan at a Magnum Photos workshop in San Francisco. He’s currently working on several projects, including documentary and street photography. He loves flying, but what he also loves is the art…

Art Wolfe to Present on Photography as Art in Portland

Nature and travel photographer Art Wolfe of “Travels to the Edge” fame will present a seminar on photography and creativity May 7 in Portland. In the full-day “Photography as Art” workshop, Wolfe will share “innovative ways to translate conceptual ideas into creative results, how to spot the non-obvious, and new ways to expand your visual imagination.” The cost of the seminar is $225. http://events.artwolfe.com/event/photography-art-portland/ *Images copyright Art Wolfe Art WolfeCreativityeducationInspirationOregonportlandPro Photo SupplyseminarTraveltraveloregonTravels to the Edge

Photography Conference: Out of Chicago June 2017!

Some of the world’s greatest photographers will converge on the Windy City June 23-25 for the Fourth Annual Out of Chicago conference, summer edition. Are you attending? Have you attended in the past? If so, what are you excited about and/or how was your experience? Do you know of any upcoming festivals or conferences worth noting? http://conferences.outofchicago.com/summer/ *Above photo credit: Delano, Jack, photographer. Public domain. Chicago, Illinois. In the waiting room of the Union Station, 1943…