Friday, October 30, 2009

I Love Fashion...Photography

Has this been the slowest week ever? Usually I'm always wishing that time would slow down instead of zipping by so quickly. But this week was different. On Tuesday I thought it was Wednesday on Wednesday I thought it was Thursday...you know the rest. Friday is finally here. And, to celebrate, I hope you'll join me at Dream Sequins, the fabulous fashion blog, for my guest post.

Head over there to see my personal list of favorite fashion photographers.

Photography is my passion and it's my career and the only thing that comes second to that, after my husband and family of course, is fashion. Combine the two and I'm a very happy and inspired woman. I love all aspects of fashion - the garments, the feel of the fabric between my fingers, the way the models wear it, the way photographers capture it and bring the clothing to life, the stories that photographers tell using the clothing and how they engage the models, the makeup, the hair and...everything. All of these things come together to make art.

I have a very long list of photographers who have motivated me and inspired me. Narrowing it down is certainly no small feat but I definitely make my best effort...

Here's a tiny peek...head over there, to see the rest!

Newton03
Helmut Newton

Avedon02
Richard Avedon

By the way, one of my favorite places to read about photography in general and fashion photography in particular is Fashion Photography Blog. Go there to get a behind-the-scenes look on the industry and to see some incredibly evocative work.

Today's Soundtrack:
Belle and Sebastian - The Blues Are Still Blue

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Instrument

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."
Dorothea Lange

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman
Taken with my iPhone last Friday night on our way home in a cab, in the rain.

As you might know I'm in the middle of a major redesign for Ciao, Chessa! My genius designer finally put me in my place yesterday and told me exactly what I needed to hear. So...it will be a bit before it's ready but it's coming. While I was researching new design ideas and checking out the various sites that said designer sent to me, I came across this very cool blog: iPhone as Art.

You know how it goes...someone sends you a link and then one thing leads to another and two hours later you end up somewhere and you have no idea how you got there. That's basically how my morning of research went yesterday. It was very productive. And, in the process, I found this place. If you read this blog regularly, or at least over the last couple of weeks, you know about my love affair with my 3GS. Now I have yet another place, and so do you, to admire the magic of the iPhone camera.

Today's Soundtrack:
Gotan Project - Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Paris, Tu Me Manque

I think I need a trip to Paris. I need to just roam the streets, watch the people, savor the food, listen to the music, eat croissant warm from the patisserie, window shop, get lost in a museum, have dinner and Pinot Noir at 11pm.

Naked Trees

For now I'll just daydream and look at my photos from my last two trips there. I love Paris in the winter. It's so romantic and melancholy. Le sigh.

Today's Soundtrack:
Carla Bruni - L'Amoureuse

Regarde Moi

le petit chien et la fille.

the bank

sea of emptiness

Copyright 2008 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2008 Monica L. Shulman

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Robert Frank at the Robert Mann Chelsea Gallery

The Robert Mann Gallery, located at 210 Eleventh Avenue in Chelsea, is exhibiting the work of Robert Frank in their renovated space until December 23rd. Frank's worked offered a unique outsider's view of American society. The show represents a collection of rare Frank prints and includes iconic images from The Americans, his most notable work, as well as earlier poetic photographs taken in Paris and London. I'm heading over there in the next couple of weeks and I honestly cannot wait to see these works with my own two eyes.

robert frank

Robert Mann Gallery's presentation of Robert Frank coincides with the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Americans. The anniversary is marked by a substantial touring monographic exhibition and scholarly catalogue organized by Sarah Greenough at the National Gallery of Art, stopping this fall in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans was previously exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

robert frank

robert frank

Here is an excerpt from the Gallery about the exhibit:

Fifty years later, The Americans still simmers with cutting, poetic observations of quotidian life. The Americans is often noted for what a personal vision it is, an idea particularly relevant to an earlier photograph, not included in the book, in which Frank looks down on his wife Mary nursing their infant son Pablo, two kittens playing nearby.

Elsewhere a lone figure, possibly illicit, trolls the barren cobblestone streets of our own West Chelsea, framed under the skeleton arm of a car's side view mirror.

robert frank

rober tfrank

robert frank

robert frank

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If you're in New York, this show must not be missed.

robert frank

robert frank

His work is so evocative. I've learned to be more comfortable with my camera by studying the works of masters like Frank. I love this quote from Frank printed on the NPR website:

"...[Frank revisited] one of his favorites, a private moment on a hill in San Francisco. At the top of the frame is a broad gray sky; below are the city's hills and houses in stark white. In the foreground, sitting on a hill overlooking the scene, is a couple, the man turned to the camera with an angry scowl on his face. The invisible photographer had been caught.

"All I could do is just stand there with my camera and just keep photographing, but a little bit away from him so he could think and accept that maybe I photographed the panorama of the city," Frank remembers.

"Those are the difficult moments every photographer has to get over and get away with it and not be discouraged," he says. "Because if one is sensitive, it has an effect on you. So maybe it's better not to be sensitive as a photographer and just go on. Many photographers today have that but I never had that. I think it's nice to be sensitive as a photographer and maybe it's harder."


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Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall

The weather is perfectly cool - a slight breeze but not too cold. The sun shines brightly and the sky is a brilliant blue. And the trees. The trees...

It's my favorite time of year.



Happy Monday.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Today's Soundtrack:
Iron and Wine - Flightless Bird, American Mouth

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

PS--I'm launching the redesign soon. And, I'm looking for sponsors. If you're interested in advertising on Ciao, Chessa! please email me for rates. Thanks!

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman



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Friday, October 23, 2009

it's quite an obsession at this point

Please don't tell me that you're tired of my iPhone photos. I actually have some new work to share soon but in the meantime, look at how fun and cool these images are! I took them with the iPhone and then I processed them with the free Photoshop application.

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Downtown on Beaver Street

Yesterday I was all over the city. First I went downtown to shoot some images that were commissioned and after I finished I wandered around the Wall Street area, I had lunch with my sister and niece, then I went up to the Flatiron for a meeting and then I went to the bookstore in Union Square. I had my d300 and 18-200mm glass around my neck and my iPhone in hand all day. It's sort of freeing. The same as if I were shooting with my Polaroid. It's funny that these little cameras are so limited but also liberating at the same time. Does that make sense? I think so.

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My sister.

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Her baby.

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Empire State Building from Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron.

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Bikes near Union Square.

Happy weekend!

Today's Soundtrack:
Shakira-She Wolf
Words cannot accurately express how much I love Shakira. I've been listening to her music since I was 16 years old. I saw her in concert with my sister and it was the best concert I have ever been to. She sang every thing...the majority was in Spanish which of course, I loved because those are the roots and she never forgets that. Oh I love her.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Straight Up Reality

Do you every visit Gawker Artists? You totally should. I always find so much inspiration there particularly because the work that is displayed is so unique. All of the artists are bring a fresh point of view.

I am currently really loving the work of Emiliano Granado; and, in particular the Beach Party project in which he collaborated with Steven Brahms and Stephen K. Schuster.

Copyright Emiliano Granado

His "bio" on his Gawker page simply states:

A lot of artists will use these /bios/ or /statements/ to ramble on and on trying to give their work additional power or legitimacy. Not here. My photographs are what they are. Straight up reality. I'm just using my camera as an excuse to peer into peoples' lives and observe them.

Copyright Emiliano Granado

Copyright Emiliano Granado

Copyright Emiliano Granado

Visit his tremendous website here where you can see work from his other projects. Oh, and he has a blog too.

All images Copyright Emiliano Granado.

Click here to visit the Spring Break project.

PS--By the way, I'm not at all biased about his work simply because he's from Argentina too:)

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