Winter 18/ Spring 19

Top to Bottom:  Child lost in thought, by  Jason M Peterson  / Casual portrait of actress Dorothy Dandridge at home, by  Allan Grant / Henri Cartier Bresson,  Magnum Photos  / Portrait of Truman Capote, by Henri Cartier Bresson,  Magnum Photos  / A man asleep in a Brooklyn cafe in 1947, Henri Cartier Besson,  Magnum Photos  / Liv Tyler by by  Darren McDonald  / Alain Delon in Piazza San Marco, Venice, 1962. Photo by Jack Garofalo / Errol Flynn aboard the Zaca, January 1948, source unknown / Dianne Keaton candid, source unknown.

Top to Bottom: Child lost in thought, by Jason M Peterson / Casual portrait of actress Dorothy Dandridge at home, by Allan Grant/ Henri Cartier Bresson, Magnum Photos / Portrait of Truman Capote, by Henri Cartier Bresson, Magnum Photos / A man asleep in a Brooklyn cafe in 1947, Henri Cartier Besson, Magnum Photos / Liv Tyler by by Darren McDonald / Alain Delon in Piazza San Marco, Venice, 1962. Photo by Jack Garofalo / Errol Flynn aboard the Zaca, January 1948, source unknown / Dianne Keaton candid, source unknown.


Candid.

Honest, sincere expression; absence of deception. Free from bias, prejudice, acting natural, spontaneous with out being posed. Forthcoming, free-hearted, out-front, and unguarded.

Candid portraiture has been my favorite photography style. The most iconic images, to me, have been the ones that i’ve found in drawers at my grandparents homes that were taken by them of their friends. Both sets of grandparents didn’t have a job title of ‘photographer’, it was just a part of documenting life as it happened. So as it goes, I gained an interest in cameras when my grandparents gifted me their Pentax film camera. I began my hobby by setting up backgrounds by grouping my mom’s potted plants in the yard and ‘posing’ my cats in front of the backgrounds and snapping images of them. The frustration of posing moving creatures, who’s natural ability is NOT to pose, was when candid photography became my favorite means of capturing moments and people. The beauty of candid photography is, as described in the definition above, honest and sincere expression.

The vision for this season is Candid. In what ways can you be more free-hearted in your art, your photography, your selfies, your work, your fashion and your day to day? Are there some pieces in your life that are too posed and could use some spontaneity and free-style? Comment below what’s on your mind.

“As far as I am concerned, taking photographs is a means of understanding which cannot be separated from other means of visual expression. It is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one’s own originality. It is a way of life.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson


{NOTE FROM ME}I love the contrast of winter & spring. Winter; life is in hibernation (and yes even in southern California) burrowed inward, reflecting, contemplating, resting and all of the built strength transpires into new buds of thought spurring ideas to be put into action in spring. As we are building strength and resting, what kind of food for thought have you stored up? What do you want to see come of it as spring arrives?


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