News & Stuff

Jun 15th

2011

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CategoryPosted in: Books, Craft & Vision, e-books, News & Stuff, Thoughts & Theory

DEEPER

At the end of the month, Craft & Vision is releasing the first eBook I’ve written in over 6 months and I’m really excited about it. When I wrote the last one I said it would be the last eBook I wrote about vision for some time, and that the next books would be about expression of that vision. The first topic I wanted to tackle is depth because I think it’s a good way to begin the discussion about how people read and experience our photographs. The book is called A DEEPER FRAME, and we’re planning some killer discounts to go along with the release. In the meantime, here’s a short excerpt explaining why depth matters.

Why Deeper?

The entire discussion of depth is necessary because the medium of photography turns a world of three dimensions into two. With that conversion comes what I’ve elsewhere called the flattening. The flattening forces all elements in a three dimensional scene to flatten against each other. In the case of longer lenses this effect is exaggerated even more. It’s neither good nor bad, but recognizing it is important. Why this matters is that we do not experience the world in two dimensions to begin with, so if we aim to create photographs that create within the reader a deeper, fuller, longer experience , it falls to us to recreate that depth. Your scene may feel deep, and your experience at the time might seem impossibly immersive, but you can not escape the effects of the flattening and it is only through your own decisions that you can retain, or reintroduce that depth.

It is all about the reader’s experience of the photograph itself, and about your ability to express yourself more fully. While it seems obvious that it is impossible, without actual 3-Dimensional technology which is rapidly coming, to add a third dimension to a flat image; it is in fact possible to create the perception or illusion of depth.

Deeper images pull us in visually, they give as not only square footage but cubic space – room to move about and explore with our eyes. That room to explore invites the photographer to create photographs with more complexity to them, and the reader to linger longer. It is about experience. The more a photograph recreates the illusion of reality as we experience it, the deeper the potential experience, the longer the memory of the image, the greater the possible impact on their hearts and minds. Deeper photographs give us a means to create more engaging one-frame visual stories.

That’s the Why, and it’s not complicated. Better photographs create better experiences, and depth can get you there. Now let’s look at seven ways to get to deeper frames.

 

A Deeper Frame will be release on June 28th at CraftAndVision.com. It’ll be announced here first and we’ll be throwing in some deeper discounts than usual.

Jun 9th

2011

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CategoryPosted in: Life Is Short, News & Stuff, The Italian Incident

June 09 Update

June 01, Coming home and crawling. On June 01, the good folks at The Ottawa Hospital kicked my ass to the curb, threw confetti in the air and told me to come back some time when I couldn’t stay quite so long. I’d been there for 34 days, and left hospital a full 40 days […]

May 18th

2011

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May 18 Update

My collection of screws and plates. Click the image for a closer look. This is just a quick update. I’m nearing 2 weeks post-up, and am nearing 4 weeks since the accident. The days are getting better, my mind is less foggy now that my pain meds have been significantly reduced, and each day contains […]

May 10th

2011

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Another Update.

San Francisco through the raindrops on the window of the Top of the Mark. Hard to believe it was a couple months ago. To my right, eating dinner, was Robert Duval. Today it expresses my mood. At the risk of popping bubbles, the truth about my condition right now has been revealed only partly in […]