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Web site and article review #1 – Mitchell Warren

Mitchell Warren

Web Site Review #1

Web Site:  http://cameratoss.blogspot.com/2005/10/camera-toss-mini-howto.html#pref

This Web site outlined a technique that I initially found to be mad.  However, after several minutes of looking through posted images, I became intrigued.

The method of photography detailed on this site requires the photographer to throw their camera in the air immediately after pressing the shutter button.  By setting the camera to take a long exposure before throwing, the photographer can create extremely abstract images.

The website was set up in a simple but easy to access structure.  Anybody looking for a “how to” site will be impressed.  Outlining everything from what camera to use to how to arch your throw, the Web site was informative and easy to read.  The only problem that I had was in order to view galleries of images you had to click on an outside link.

Although the process is something that makes me a little nervous, I find myself wanting to try the bizarre technique.

Article Review #1

Article Reviewed:  Willy Ronis, Photographer of Paris’s Warmer Side, Is Dead at 99

Article Web Site:  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/18/arts/design/18ronis.html

This article detailed the life of Willy Ronis, a famous humanistic photographer.  Ronis died at the age of 99 in Paris.

Most of Ronis’ famous works were created after World War II.  Capturing “ordinary” people with “ordinary” lives in his photographs, Ronis attempted to show happiness in an area torn apart by war.  Ronis claimed to have never taken a picture that made people look bad.

Works created by Ronis took a while to catch on in the United States and didn’t become widely recognized before they started appearing in Life magazine.

I found this article to be extremely interesting.  It was nice to see some of the beginnings of humanistic photography depicted in the article.  Although I was not extremely familiar with the photographer, once I looked up some of his images I realized that I had seen some of his work before.

The article did a great job of attributing works to Ronis, which made it easy to look up photographs that he created.  All of his photographs did indeed try to depict people in their best light without sacrificing composition.

Describing the Ronis’ life was the most intriguing part of the article.  With the arts oppressed as a young man, Ronis attempted to appease his father’s expectations, who wanted him to study law.  After his father passed away, Ronis sold the family business so he could start up as a freelance photographer.  During this time, Ronis shot commercially and documented the strikes leading up to the war.  The history of the photographer’s life showed how a person who has talent will find a way to pursue that talent, even if it takes time.

Ronis’ search for “ordinary” subjects can be a great technique for any photographer.  In the end, most people will connect with an “ordinary” subject than with an extraordinary subject.

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