Photo by Andrew Allen Morton For 5 years, I have worked behind the scenes as a photographer’s assistant. This is (or can be) an illusive job. In short, I get paid to be surrounded by celebrities while they are being photographed for print advertisements, music packaging, world-wide publicity uses, book covers, movie posters and television shows. I got into this occupation in an unusual way. Although I had done photography as a hobby since I was 15, I had no idea what the business was like. Since moving to Nashville, I had started shooting live music shows as well as live burlesque performances for fun. I received a Nikon point-and-shoot digital camera for my 24th birthday and started taking it everywhere I went. Since I am also a performing singer-songwriter, I knew a lot of peer musicians that were more than happy to let…
Jeremy Cowart's first assistant, Joshua Black Wilkins. Joshua is continuing our ongoing assistants guest blog series with a look into his world. He shares his story of how he came to know and work with Jeremy, and gives a bit of insight into working in what seems to be one of the new photography hotbeds (in my, Brad's, opinion), Nashville. Personally, I think it's very interesting to see how each assistant has their own unique story of how they've come to where they are in life and their career. So come back tomorrow to see how Joshua went from being a construction worker to assisting a celebrity photographer!
What Is Photographic Reality? I've just returned from an expedition to Antarctica where the landscapes and wildlife simply blew my mind. Towering snow-covered peaks dropping vertically into tormented, white-capped seas; tens of thousands of penguins crowded onto small islets surrounded by icebergs; and the deepest, richest ultramarine blue you can imagine locked under tons of glacial snow. It was a reality far stronger than anything I have seen before. The passengers on board had a wide variety of backgrounds, from photographers to artists, naturalists to scientists, doctors to lawyers. On the voyage south, I showed them my photography. The images were taken with a camera, but created in Photoshop. Some passengers loved them. Others did not, concerned that my photographs were not true reflections of reality. Indeed, they asked if they were really 'photographs'. Here's an example of what I showed them Most readers…
Australian photographer, Peter Eastway! We got an email from James, one of our Australian readers, suggesting we give Peter's work a look. When I (Brad) did, I was quite impressed and immediately contacted him about doing a guest blog! Peter is the editor of Better Photography Magazine and is a great teacher and photographer. Come back tomorrow to see some of his beautiful images from a recent expedition to Antarctica, and hear his intriguing thoughts on post processing landscape images!
Myself, my daughter Isla, my wife Nichelle, and Oliver the Pomeranian in our 2011 Christmas family portrait Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. Four years ago, my friend Jessica asked me to take a picture of her and her boyfriend Brian to send out to friends for the holidays. This was not really the type of thing I typically do, but Jessica is a good friend and a really creative person, so I agreed. It would be fun. Jessica happens to be an amazing producer with a great sense of humor, so I knew it wouldn't be your typical family portrait. When the shoot day arrived, the studio was filled with bags of old sweaters, tights, tutu's, suspenders and some pretty funny props. It looked like tacky Christmas threw up all over the studio. It was awesome. It didn't take long until I was…
My story has very little to do with me, and much more to do with those with whom I have crossed paths.
My life would be very different if it were not for the kindness of others. Through reflecting on events in my life, I realized I need to write down my story, as a way of honoring those who have had a hand in shaping my career path. Hopefully you will be inspired by something you read here, and in turn encourage someone you cross paths with. It doesn’t take much.
Before I began my career in photography, a total stranger stepped into my life and encouraged me. We spoke for only a few minutes, but what she had to say was so impactful, my life completely changed. The woman’s name was Kolene. Years after we had our brief exchange, I called the number for the store she worked at when we met on the off chance she was still working there. I explained who I was, but before I could get very far, she exclaimed she remembered me. I told her I was calling to thank her for encouraging me. Because she took the time to talk to me for a few minutes, I was now working full time as a photographer. At this point she started to cry, but I suspect they were tears of happiness.
I never thought much about photography until half way through college. I realized, not only did I not own a camera, but I didn’t have any pictures of my friends, my adventures, or even myself. I thought maybe someday if I had kids they would want to see me in my college years.