Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Bridge

The Bridge
Originally uploaded by alexszeliga
I want to be George Tice.

If anyone can do that for me, just give me a call.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Let's Print Some Motherfuckin' Photos

Double Sided
Originally uploaded by alexszeliga
I promised, and I came through. I feel like I am developing. My strategy of watching movies with good cinematography seems to be working. This week it was American History X. I developed two rolls from Hobotopia, that I shot with Kevin this week and I ended up with about 10 shots that I actually like. That means I am almost up to a 1:4 ratio of good to bad shots.

I learned an important lesson this week: One Hour Photo prints look terrible. They look terrible enough to make a shot that I would like, had it been printed well, appear indistinguishable from a terrible photograph with no redeemable qualities.

I made a couple of prints this Sunday under the careful guidance of Kevin Convery. While doing so, I've decided that I never want to go back to digital photography. Ever. I'm starting to understand how much digital photography stunted me creatively. I had no boundaries, no rules and nothing pushing me to advance. Shooting film, until this weekend just felt like the right thing to do, now I know it's the right thing to do. As with every other other comparison I've ever been faced with, be it music, movies, or photographs, analog is still miles above digital in quality. I actually kind of feel sorry for people who aren't refined enough to understand the difference.

When I look at my prints, no matter how close I get to them, I never see a pixel, I never see an artifact and, most importantly, I never feel like the medium has diminished the initial concept. Now whether my ability has done so, is another story, but again, in limiting my excuses, I have less choices beyond becoming better.

So please, check out my Flickr page, and If you know me, ask me to see my prints. I want to show them to you.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

New Lease on Photography

Sun Visor
Originally uploaded by alexszeliga
So I've started shooting a whole lot more. I feel like I have a few new reasons to shoot, I feel better about my work and I am progressing as a photographer.

I'd like to just put down on paper, or the internet, what I want to to with my art, so that I can systematically make it happen.

My foremost goal is to continue my mastery of the technical act of photography, which includes, but is not limited to; mastering the use of my camera, mastering the concepts of film, take advantage of what I have learned about exposure and light, and develop skills to use in post processing of my photographs.

I'd also like to develop the emotional concepts that I want to capture with my art. In music, this comes very naturally to me, because it is a bit more prosaic; almost mathematical, but in photography it's way more organic and complex. I've gotten to the point where I know what I want to say, I just have to figure out how to focus on the concept and clarify it so that the image correlates as universally as possible to the concepts. On this, I feel I am getting very close.

I am in dire need of developing my composition. I don't really have a discerning eye for composition, and every time I find a good one, it's usually by luck. I've been attempting to train myself by watching movies. There are a few movies in my collection that stick out, not because of stellar acting, fantastic direction or great plots, but because of great photography. So I've spent a bunch of my time watching these movies and trying to pick out the frames in each shot that are best composed, and when I see a a scene that has great composition, I try to tell myself, audibly usually, why it feels good to look at. early results are interesting. It's results can be seen in the shot above.

So that's what I want. Criticism is welcome and any other tips as well.