Zune Lee a self-taught photographer who picked up a camera in 2009. He has been an artist and storyteller since he was little but then life got in the way. Making pictures is his way of reclaiming his artistic side.
He is the quintessential nomad. He was born and raised in Germany, has lived in various parts of the USA and is currently based in Toronto, Canada.
That sense of wanderlust, of being uprooted, has never left him. He doesn't anchor his concept of “home” to a familiar physical space – home is a state of mind I enter wherever he's inspired to create the work he wants, or when he's surrounded by people he cares about.
As a clinician, he is trained to work with people at their most vulnerable who grant him permission to invade their privacy. As a result, he has always had an intense interest in the dynamics of trust and control when it comes to that interaction. At best, it can reveal a unique connection, a kind of truth that would otherwise not be foregrounded.
When a human being connects with another and - even if for a split second - relinquishes a certain level of control, it is fascinating that complete strangers can share an alternate truth about themselves that was hidden not only to others, but perhaps even to themselves. It is in these moments that individual emotion transcends the personal realm and gains universally understood context.
As a photographer, these are the moments he is after. Stories of connection that reveal themselves in a single glance or over a period of years.
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Tracy Barbour lives in Brooklyn, NY. A US Army veteran, Tracy was attending Rose Bruford College as a distance honors student in Theatre Studies when she dropped out to join a media group as a freelance photographer and journalist. Her personal project includes the Grief Grace Project documenting people face some of life's most difficult challenges.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about creating something extraordinary from the ordinary. Spurred by a recent email, he discusses how one perceives the mundane is what really determines whether a photographer can successfully make a great picture from the most ordinary of elements.
Seth Joel and Charlie Holland are a husband and wife team that produce natural looking images of people for commercial, advertising work and stock. They combine a life-long passion for making photographs and a keen awareness and knowledge of business to create successful photographic careers.
Earlier this year, a group of photographers gathered at the Los Angeles Center of Photography for LA Street Week, a celebration of street photography. Two days were dedicated to presentations by these photographers about their experience and approach to the art of working on the street.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about paying attention to more than your subject. Using images submitted by listeners, he discusses how other elements in the frame can play off the subject to help build a stronger and more effective composition.
David Patrick Valera is a professional artist (photographer/digital-cinematographer/cameraman) based in Los Angeles. “I grew up in Silverlake, CA.” Not the Forbes Magazine hippest neighborhood known for an invasion of Teslas, horizontal wood fencing and lumber-sexuals, but the mid-city graffiti urban grit and grime it once was back in the 70’s-80’s.” A latch-key kid, David would jump on his BMX and ride down Sunset Blvd., slaloming around Hollywood street walkers, hair-bands, and the undesirables through the yet to be gentrified regions of Southern California. “Urban life is a part of my upbringing and I always wanted to document those unique, chance moments I came across during my neighborhood expeditions.”
In this week's video, Ibarionex uses silhouettes to discuss the importance of being aware of your subject when making photographs. He explains how the shapes, lines, color and patterns that are immediately behind the subject can make and break any photograph.
Kenna Klosterman is likely a familiar face to anyone who has taken a course through Creative Live, one of the best resources for learning about photography. However as well as serving as a senior host and hundreds of courses, Kenna is also a travel photographer, tour guide, international Host, and culture explorer.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks the challenge of finding interesting subject matter in your own neighborhood and community. Using images selected for TCF listeners, he touches on the idea of why it’s important to see one’s familiar surrounding with new eyes and the important legacy that such images can and do provide.
Matt Odom is an award-winning editorial portrait, commercial advertising, industrial, and sports photographer out of a southern town just a few minutes south of Atlanta called Macon.He holds a Bachelors Degree from Mercer University in Human Services ( he's a people person)
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about using shadow to draw the viewer’s eye to the most important element(s) in the frame. It’s not about simply producing a high-contrast shot, but rather using the presence of shadow to control the viewer’s experience of the photograph by directing the eye to the highlights and midtones.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about the relationship between fear and street portraiture. He discusses how the practice of the street portrait, can help a photographer get past anxiety and fear of photographing strangers. It can also help them to make informed choices regarding lighting, composition and allow them the freedom to fully engage with the subject.
Matt Kloskowski is mentor/coach for everything photography related (Lightroom, Photoshop and Photography). He's a bestselling author of over 20 books and teaches photography, Lightroom and Photoshop at seminars and conferences around the world.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about the concept of making a photograph rather than simply taking one. He shares how by paying attention to light, line, shape and color, you can begin to find order in even the most chaotic scenes and begin the process of creating a strong and effective photograph.
Karsten Staiger was at the forefront of the digital revolution that emerged in the 1990s. Since then he has been a pioneer in utilizing cutting-edge camera technology to create elegant images in extremely high resolution. Staiger’s deep understanding of complex lighting and technology coupled with his fascination with aerial views eventually led him to the New York City skyline.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about why he enjoys intersections for creating street photographs. He explains how the convergence of pedestrian traffic from different directions offers a range of photographic opportunities.