Street Photography: The Secret Life of Vivian Maier

I've never been a huge fan of street photography.  I have always felt that it was rather invasive, even though the subjects are captured in open public spaces.  That is, until I read a story about a very unknown street photographer who led a very private life as a nanny.  But, on her off hours, she was an incredibly talented and highly creative photographer that shot thousands of images and left behind a treasure-trove of both developed and undeveloped film rolls that were just waiting to be found by the right person.

That person is John Maloof, a real-estate agent that purchased a box containing 30,000 (!) negatives at an estate sale.  His discovery opened a new and never-before-seen chapter into the art of street photography starring Vivian Maier.

For two years John Maloof has been trying to get Vivian's story to the world.  Now his wish is coming true.  A film of Vivian Maier's life, and work, will be released soon!


Curiosity Rover's Self Portrait

[via NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr]  "This rectangular version of a self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013).
The rover is positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called 'John Klein,' which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by Curiosity. The self-portrait was acquired to document the drilling site.

The rover's robotic arm is not visible in the mosaic. MAHLI, which took the component images for this mosaic, is mounted on a turret at the end of the arm. Wrist motions and turret rotations on the arm allowed MAHLI to acquire the mosaic's component images. The arm was positioned out of the shot in the images or portions of images used in the mosaic."

To learn more about the Curiosity Rover, read NASA's Curiosity Rover Will Explore Mars - Like a Boss.


New Work: Advanced Photography

Spring semester has arrived and Topeka West's advanced photography students are knockin' it out of the park!!  The gallery below, showcasing a variety of processes from film to portraits to HDR to abstraction, proves (time and time again) why we have the best photography program in the city.  I cannot express how much the Topeka West students amaze me with each critique!!

 Kyler Collins, senior

 Melanie Yates, senior

 Patrick Lacy, senior

 Rebekah Harding, senior

 Mikaela Gibbs, junior

 Clayton Werner, senior

 Carson Taggart, senior

 Natiya Bisnauth, junior

 Gunnar Martin, senior

 Tyler Johnson, junior

Byron Ashley, junior

Aprille Sterrett, sophomore


Is EyeEm the new Instagram?

Have you heard of EyeEm?  Maybe you will soon. 

Instagram, the free photo-sharing behemoth, created quite the stir in its community late last year by trying to quietly change its user agreement so that the owner of Instagram (Mark Zuckerburg, who created Facebook) could profit from its users' images.  Almost overnight millions of Instagram users saved their image feeds and deleted their accounts...a mass exodus, if you will.

Bad business decisions open big doors for small start-up apps and many post-Instagram users are finding refuge with EyeEm.  But can this app fill Instagram's larger-than-life shoes?  Read through a couple of articles (listed below) and then check out the app for yourself (available FREE for the iPhone and Android platforms)!

EyeEm vs Instagram; Which is Better for Sharing Photos?

4 Ways EyeEm Beats Instagram


This, is photography.

image by Polish photographer Marcin Ryczek

Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. – Matt Hardy