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Andrea Teutli Walsh

Andrea Teutli Walsh

-USA-

I remember when I was very young I would climb up to the rooftop of my house and I would photograph the sky. I would find different shapes and wonderful creatures and, I would photograph them. I would use up rolls and rolls of film on these cloud formations and I would write down on my notebook the number of picture and the image I saw.

When I was 15 years old I discovered the developing process, I recall the first photograph someone took of me with a pinhole camera, this process amazed me! There is where my passion began!

And then I discovered the dark room, the developing process, that peculiar smell of the chemicals which made me fall in love. Since then I would spend any free time I had in the dark room, developing, experimenting, duplicating and inspiring me even more to explore new techniques. Later on, I taught a pinhole camera workshop for children, I wanted to share that fascination which I had encountered. Throughout the years I have left aside my passion for working in the dark room however, I haven’t left aside my passion for photography. It is still alive and today more than ever, through my most precious sense, I seek to express and share even more of myself!

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Yvette Ojeda

Yvette Ojeda

-USA-

My interest in Photography started when I was a young girl about 13 years old. I was given my first camera for a school field trip to Washington D.C.I will never forget, it was a black Kodak Ektramax 110 with a flash, a sleek looking camera for that time period.  I was very excited to use it and took all kinds of pictures.  Looking back through the photos I took on that trip it was apparent that many different things caught my eye. As time went by I continued taking photos but never really thought to go to school or get some sort of formal training. I just took pictures whenever I had the chance.  Then 15 years ago I moved back to San Antonio and reconnected with one of my hobbies; wrestling. In Texas, wrestling has always been  very popular and I just loved everything about it.  I loved watching the wrestlers as they squared off with each other in the ring. Some were so graceful and others downright brash. They exhibited great athletic ability and were so entertaining.  So I attended every show I could with my camera in hand, always searching for “the shot”.  And from there my passion for Photography was reignited. I started taking pictures of anything and everything I thought was interesting and beautiful. I still have no formal training other than  reading articles, watching instructional videos and getting tips from a few friends who are photographers. But now feel more aware of what I am doing with my camera.  Whenever I felt my abilities had improved I would get enough courage to volunteer to take pictures for my family and friends at their special events. Sometimes the photos came out great and others presented the opportunity to learn from my mistakes.  Taking pictures is very personal to me and I love to capture moments in life. It is my hope that the photos I take speak to your heart, inspire you and allow you to see there is beauty in even the simplest of things.

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
Edgar Degas

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Suzhou, China: Footprints in the Far East

Suzhou, China: Footprints in the Far East

By Micaela Barrios

My time in China has blown me away and this is only just the beginning. My first two weeks were spent in a quiet, cozy town of 7 million (this is quite small for China) called Suzhou. I loved the laid-back, wealthy, fresh vibe I got from this city and I would love to go back again in the future to visit more of its famed gardens.

Before I came to China, I had ideas of what it might be like. China has blown them all away. This country is both everything I expected and nothing like I expected all at once, and I can’t wait to jump in and explore the wild concrete jungle of the mega city I live in today. For now, enjoy a taste of little Suzhou.

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TEXTURES by Edward Weston

TEXTURES by Edward Weston

“The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?”- E.W.

American photographer that was known to use a camera plate format 18 x 24 cm. He was one of the most committed artist in the history of photography . Weston took time to establish himself. From around 1906 he was a door-to-door portraitist and then a pictorialist making soft focus pictures. In the mid-1920s he became a leading proponent of ‘straight photography and in 1932 a founding member of the California group of 64.  The ‘straight’ aesthetic full with impressions and ideas in favor of things which were carefully registered and yet always had enough weirdness to make them interesting.Continue reading…    

Sarah Grisdale in Hawaii

Sarah Grisdale in Hawaii

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 Film photography fun. Sarah’s trip to Hawaii. A great way to practice is to have your boyfriend shooting while you pose and him posing too.

 

Instagram: @sarahgrisdale / https://instagram.com/sarahgrisdale/

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Reflections by The Greatest Photographers

Reflections by The Greatest Photographers

This week I want to show some reflections of the greatest photographer´s of all time. Some used reflections in their composition and as a part of their creative process. These photographers are an example of excellence in their craft and we should study them closely to get inspired and learn some of their techniques. The passion that they show in their work is something that I would like to point out. It was out of passion that they could create a perfect image. They had to find a way of obtaining the unforgettable, vastly difficult to obtain, image. Even if it meant risking their lives or putting their life on hold to get it done. Life for us, the creative chicks in the 21st century, is completely different from the old masters. We are constantly being bombarded with advetisment, new technology, consumerism, social pressure and politics. We don´t take time to  contemplate anything. The way we see things now and how we capture moments is faster and easier because of technology and this makes some take those moments for granted. Our poetry and creativity is influenced by our fast-paced living, internet and TV. Photography should be well-planned and thought out, while also being quick and tenacious. We have to practice it all. What I´d like to convey to you is that we need to look at many photographers and their work. Look at how the old artist´s work and try to find one that resonates with us and copy what they were doing. Our own style will develop with time, hard work and patience.

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Esta semana quiero mostrarles algunos reflejos de los fotógrafos más impresionantes de todos los tiempos. Algunos utilizaron reflejos en su composición y, como parte de su proceso creativo. Estos fotógrafos son un ejemplo de excelencia en su oficio y debemos estudiarlos de cerca para inspirarnos y aprender algunas de sus técnicas. La pasión que muestran en su trabajo es algo que me gustaría destacar. Gracias a esta pasión es que pudieron crear la imagen perfecta. Tenían que encontrar una manera de obtener esa imagen inolvidable, muy difícil de obtener. Incluso si eso significaba arriesgar sus vidas o detener sus vidas para hacerlo. La vida para nosotras, las chicks creativas en el siglo 21, es completamente diferente a la de los viejos maestros. Constantemente estamos siendo bombardeadas con publicidad, nuevas tecnologías, el consumismo, la presión social y la política. Nosotras no nos tomamos el tiempo para contemplar nada. La forma en que vemos las cosas ahora y cómo capturamos los momentos es más rápido y más fácil debido a la tecnología y esto hace que algunas tomen esos momentos por sentado. Nuestra poesía y la creatividad se ve influenciada por nuestro ritmo de vida ajetreado, el internet y la televisión. La fotografía debe ser bien planificada y pensada, además de ser rápida y tenaz. Tenemos que practicarlo todo. Lo qué me gustaría transmitirles es que tenemos que mirar a muchos fotógrafos y su trabajo. Mira cómo funcionan los artista y tratar de encontrar uno que resuene con nosotros y copiar lo que estaban haciendo. Nuestro propio estilo se desarrollará con el tiempo, el trabajo duro y mucha paciencia.

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Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

-USA-

Vivian´s journey with photography is a mystery. She is an example of an amazingly talented photographer who took her work to the grave. While she was alive she never showed her photos to anybody. Vivian worked as a nanny for several families and no one ever knew she was gifted. They knew she would walk around with her camera everywhere. She was an artist that was intensely guarded and private –she recorded some of the most interesting marbles and peculiarities of urban Europe and America in the second half of the 20th century. She had a very playful way of capturing scenes of odd people and everyday situations. Her way of looking through the lens was incredibly poetic. Nobody really knows why she decided never showed her work. She took over 100,000 photographs. Now the question is: How would her life been different if she would have shown her work? Would her work be of any value to anybody? Maybe she could have made a living off of it? And did she ever thought of how she wanted to be remembered? What do you think about her story? Write to me an let me know!

It wasn´t until a young man that was creating a project and needed vintage images that he came across her negatives at an auction. It took him a while before he discovered the treasures that were hidden in the negatives. One day he decided to scan some of them and realized that these were amaizing and professional. Check out the entire story is at www.vivianmaier.com. There is a documentary where the children she took care of talk about her.

I chose to feature this woman because it makes you think; what can be so bad about showing your work? It´s very important to identify what is holding you back and be brave enough to put yourself out there.

You have talent that must be appreciated while you´re alive. If you feel like you´re not good enogh but are passionate about photography, just remember that the way you look at things is unique! and The Click Chicks is a community and a support group that can help you overcome those feelings of doubt about your images. Get in touch with me and I´ll add you to our community, we´re more than happy to help you!

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La travesía con la fotografía de Vivian es un misterio. Ella es un ejemplo de una fotógrafa increíblemente talentosa que llevó su trabajo a la tumba. Jamás le mostró una sola imagen a nadie estando viva. Vivian trabajaba de niñera para varias familias y nadie supo que ella tenía ese don. Ellos sabían que siempre andaba para todos lados con su cámara. Era una artista muy resguardada y le gustaba su privacidad. Mediante su fotografía Vivian registró unas de las peculiaridades y maravillas más asombrosas e interesantes de Europa y América urbanas en la segunda mitad del siglo XX. Tenía una manera muy juguetona de capturar escenas de gente rara y situaciones cotidianas. Su forma de ver a través de la lente era increíblemente poética. Nadie sabe realmente porque decidió que nunca mostraría su trabajo. Tomó cerca de 100,000 fotografías. Ahora la pregunta es: ¿Cómo hubiera sido su vida si hubiera mostrado sus fotos? ¿Serían de valor para alguien? Tal vez hubiera podido vivir de su talento. ¿Y alguna vez pensó cómo quería ser recordada? ¿Qué piensas acerca de su historia? Escríbeme y cuéntame!

No fue hasta que un chico estaba creando un proyecto en el que necesitaba 200 imágenes vintage que se topó con estos negativos que estaban en una subasta. Le tomo un tiempo descubrir los tesoros que estaban guardados en los negativos. Un día decidió escanear algunos de ellos y vió que eran muy profesionales. Checa toda la historia acerca de esto en www.vivianmaier.com. También hay un documental donde los niños que cuidó hablan sobre ella.

Escogí mostrar a esta fotógrafa porque te hace pensar; que puede ser tan malo el mostrar tu trabajo? Es muy importante identificar que es lo que te está deteniendo y ser lo suficientemente valiente y abrirte al mundo.

Tienes un talento que debe ser apreciado mientras sigues viva. Si sientes que no eres lo suficientemente buena y estás apasionada con la fotogrfía, solo recuerda que la manera en la que ves el mundo es totalmente único! y The Click Chicks es una comunidad y un grupo de apoyo que puede ayudarte a sobrepasar esos sentimientos de duda sobre tus imágenes. Ponte en contacto conmigo y te agregaré a nuestra comunidad, estamos más que felices de poder ayudarte!

 

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Reflections

Reflections

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Jeanette Jakubisin

Jeanette Jakubisin

-USA-

“Beauty from ashes.” That kind of sums up my journey with photography. Starting at age 6 right up until yesterday, I have made so many mistakes with photography. Each mistake brings with it an opportunity to learn and to, hopefully, create better pictures in the future. Here are some of my “ashes”: cutting peoples’ heads out of the pictures, overexposure, underexposure, dark room mistakes, film mistakes, and the list goes on. I will gladly take the beauty that has resulted: pictures of strangers that agreed to let me capture them, photographs of nature that could never do justice to the real thing, fun photo shoots with my sister, other family members and clients, travel photography, random things I come across that make me think “I just have to get a photograph of that!” To me, there’s nothing more satisfying than finding a beautiful photograph, or two, or more within a series. I hope you enjoy some of my work!

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“La belleza de las cenizas.” Eso más o menos lo que resume mi viaje con la fotografía. A partir de los 6 años hasta hasta ayer, he cometido tantos errores con la fotografía. Cada error trae consigo la oportunidad de aprender y, con suerte, crear mejores imágenes en el futuro. Éstas son algunas de mis “cenizas”: cortar las cabezas de la gente en las imágenes, la sobre-exposición, sub-exposición, errores en el cuarto obscuro,  errores en la película, y la lista continúa. Con mucho gusto me quedo con la belleza que ha dado como resultado: fotos de desconocidos que accedieron a dejarme capturarlos, fotografías de la naturaleza que nunca podría hacer justicia a la cosa real, sesiones de fotos divertidas con mi hermana, otros familiares y clientes, la fotografía de viajes, cosas al azar que me encuentro que me hacen pensar “Sólo tengo que conseguir una fotografía de eso!” Para mí, no hay nada más satisfactorio que la búsqueda de una hermosa fotografía, o dos, o más dentro de una serie. Espero que disfruten mi trabajo!

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