Several interesting things emerged from the Comments yesterday, and kept me immersed for much of the afternoon.
Apple ad featuring photo by "Chris F." (Chris Floyd) in the New York subway
First of all, the "Frecklehead" story—I mentioned the latest Apple ads in the recent "iPhone Apocalypse" post and HowardH mentioned that British professional photographer Chris Floyd had his picture chosen for the ad series.
I get a lot of people contacting me about needing or wanting to get more attention for their work—many people feel under-appreciated (not to mention under-rewarded). It's a common part of being a photographer these days. (I heard from a mutual friend that even Mary Ellen Mark, in her last years, sometimes complained about work being hard to get.) So I thought it was especially nice to read an account of the opposite thing happening. Chris's casual Instagram shot has been seen in magazine ads and on billboards and bus stops around the world. And he wrote a nice account of the excitement so we can all vicariously take part in his gratifying experience!
Photo by Kelly Hofer
Next, in response to yesterday's post about the Amish woman wearing wraparound mirror sunglasses, Wes Cosand recommended the work of Kelly Hofer, a young man who struggled to be a photographer within the strict confines of a Hutterite Anabaptist colony in Manitoba. In the course of filming a BBC documentary on the colony, "How to Get to Heaven with the Hutterites" (scroll down at the link to get to the films), filmmaker Lynn Alleway turned reporter when she included Kelly "running away" from the colony. (It disrupts the documentary but also enlivens it.) A subsequent, shorter film on Kelly's page, "Queer Hutterite," fills in the blanks of the story. Quite long, but quite interesting—an acute instance of the difficulty creative people sometimes feel "fitting in." Kelly Hofer is now "out" (in several senses, I guess that would be) and a successful photographer in Calgary. A book of his pictures of the Hutterites is scheduled to be released in the Fall.
Y'all come back now hear?
Hard to believe it's Friday already, but yup. As you probably know by now, TOP is off on the weekends to allow me to work on writing a book. Don't forget our current book sale is still in progress...here's the page; enter the code 175212 for the discount. Have a nice weekend and please come back Monday!
(Thanks to HowardH and Wes)
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