Photo Life Magazine
June/July 2020, Vol. 45, #4The June/July issue is finally out. There have been a lot of challenges along the way, but we got it out and are proud of it. We hope that each of you is doing well and that this issue will offer you a bit of break when you need it. In it, you’ll find out about Melissa Renwick’s quest to honour the surfing community of Tofino as well as the story of a friendship that developed between a documentary photographer and his subject. If you are looking for reasons to get outside, there are articles on close-up photography and the role of wildlife photography today. Plus, there’s an interview with artist Dina Goldstein, a story about a fabulous vintage camera, and more!
The Importance of Cherishing Moments“Though it’s physically challenging, it also has this really beautiful meditative quality to it where you’re just totally in the zone, focused on what is directly in front of you. Any anxieties or external thoughts disappear,” shares Melissa Renwick as we begin our conversation. Though this might apply to photography, what she is describing here is the time she spends in the water surfing.
Excerpts From Our Interview With Dina GoldsteinNarrative photographer Dina Goldstein uses her images to make a point. She’s not one to shy away from a hot topic, and her large-scale series have explored poverty, cancer, addiction, commercialism, religious beliefs and more, all while integrating humour and contemporary cultural references. You might remember our article on her in the October/November 2016 issue. But it’s been a while, so we caught up with Dina for this interview.
The Art of Wildlife PhotographyWildlife photography has been around almost from the dawn of photography itself. Ever since humans realized they could use the camera as both a technical and an artistic tool to capture the world at large around them, they’ve also been drawn to capturing the wilder side of the planet—from the more familiar animals living in their own backyards, forests, streams and fields to all manner of strange, weird and wonderful creatures the world over. Humans are undoubtedly fascinated by the animal planet, and images of our wild kingdom have delighted, shocked and awed us for well over a century.
Toward Greater Depth and Empathy in Visual StorytellingIt is a cold Monday evening in mid-August 2011 in Moreleta, Pretoria. I am back in the country of my birth after a long absence. It has been an unsettling homecoming, fraught with contrasting experiences and emotions. I am here on a site visit as part of an exchange between Canadian and South African researchers to compare homelessness in the two countries.
Mood in Close-Up photographyNostalgia for my childhood on a farm in the heart of France is surely the source of my deep-seated desire to seek out pretty lighting. I’m drawn to chance encounters and the surprise of finding beauty in even the most ordinary subjects. Although scientific curiosity inspires me to learn about my subjects, it will never surpass my appreciation of aesthetics.
Chrome Industries’ Niko Camera BackpackYes, I am from Generation X and plead guilty to being nostalgic about certain things associated with my younger years, including Nirvana, Doc Martens, and the Chrome Industries messenger bag. You know, the one with a seat-belt buckle—a classic for the mid-’90s urban cyclist.
The Kodak Rainbow Hawk-Eye No. 2 Model CWe get it. The camera does not make the photographer. However, we must also acknowledge that there is no photographer without a camera, and there are some fun and lively discussions around certain models! With that in mind, we’re starting this column to revisit various cameras from the past, with no particular consideration of how big of a role they played in the history of photography. After all, the value of an object is in the eye of its beholder. In this issue, we’re looking at the Kodak Rainbow Hawk-Eye No. 2 Model C.
This and That
A fun mix of news, book reviews, exhibitions, the latest products and more, This and That is where you come to browse what’s going on in today’s photo culture.
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TIPA World Awards 2020
Given the extraordinary circumstances, the Technical Image Press Association instituted an online voting procedure for representatives of independent magazines to select this year’s TIPA World Awards.