Skepticism regarding the authenticity of images in the digital age

Skepticism regarding the authenticity of images in the digital age

But what is a worthy image?  Who am I to decide an overly Photoshopped image and composites are not worthy?  Are real moments suspended in time the only worthy pictures to be made?  Clearly that is where I fall within the spectrum of how I use my camera.  Between reality TV not depicting reality, and photography being more about post processing than image moment and content, I strive to find other artists who stand by their vision / art in hopes to gain back some credibility.

Sam Abell National Geographic Photographer workshop at the Los Angeles Center of Photography Part 2 of 2

Sam Abell National Geographic Photographer workshop at the Los Angeles Center of Photography Part 2 of 2

I grew more and more frustrated, and kept pushing myself to see differently without people or with making the best images possible with whomever was there.  I had to be efficient knowing if I didn’t get something good from that person, it could be a while before someone else comes along.  It also forced me to approach people and have a conversation to ease them into the fact I was not going to leave and I was on a mission. 

Sam Abell street photography workshop at the Los Angeles Center of Photography : Part 1 of 2

Sam Abell street photography workshop at the Los Angeles Center of Photography : Part 1 of 2

Fleeting moments aren’t going to wait and most won't ever happen again. The camera becomes an extension to the eye.  However, the most important connection is between my eye and my creative mind because without that I would not have a personal vision and voice in my work.

Reacquainted with the streets

Reacquainted with the streets

I find myself comfortable and thriving off the spontaneity of life around me. For now, the freedom to see without constraints feels right. My street work today compared to a year ago is already a story in itself … I want my pictures to tell me where and what to photograph, not the other way around.

How nostalgia and meaning evolve with images and time

How nostalgia and meaning evolve with images and time

From the moment I released the image set, Mrs. Chapman immediately started sending me emails, regular mail and leaving me phone messages while crying for weeks … Mindy immediately knew what these images meant to her family legacy and had a heightened appreciation for the documentation of her daughter’s new life.