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PHOTOGRAPHER: SYED YAQEEN“I wanted to contribute on creating something positive that would be helpful, bringing all the communities together and just have a conversation. It's not all the stuff you hear in the news and that's not all the truth. And yeah, that was my interest in being part of this social justice conversation.”
“We often don’t spend enough time really looking around and exploring the space we’re in — but to tell powerful stories about a person, the space is where the story is and it provides important information about the person we’re photographing.”
“The result is an experience unlike any other for students that culminates with their work being shown to a live audience at Camp Encourage’s annual benefit. Making a difference with our photos while simultaneously perfecting our craft is the ultimate learning experience. “
Photographer Niki Boon on pushing past challenges in personal projects: “…sometimes it is more from trusting in the process and putting the camera down for a time (although this was a far harder learning to accept)…the challenge of trying to create pictures that are interesting to me, from a scene infront of me that doesn’t seem very interesting to me …and forcing myself to look harder, work harder to see more, or see differently to try and make a picture.”
Let your friends at Confluence Magazine sort through the treasure chest of documentaries about photography and photographers, and offer you a quick take on the film - to help you prioritize your own photo-based binging!
“This book made me wish I had started taking photos earlier in my life. It reinforced the importance of documenting things that change or disappear over time – people die, fashion changes, cities gentrify. Even if you don’t publish the shots, you will leave a legacy or your life and of the world. “
“We are subjectively looking at the world through our lenses, which already alters reality some. What we choose to include in the frame is based on a lot of subconscious thinking, and also our perception of how things are in that moment. Once we go back and beautify our images, some of that information can be lost. The image no longer says what was true in the moment the shutter went off, another layer of subjectivity has been added in post-production. When it’s done with a heavy hand it can significantly alter the message of the image. “
“I’ve spent 16 years as a sort of mediator between photographers and readers/viewers, helping to determine what people want to know about a documentary photo, how to pull that information together, and how to present it clearly. Here are some things to consider before and during your coverage, and some tips on conveying information in captions.”
“What happened there could happen to any of us here, or on the east coast for that matter, and all that decides our fate sometimes is a wobble. “
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Issue Three Editor's Select is Margaret Albaugh’s "Picking Flowers".