“How delusional do you have to be, that you think you can be a successful photographer with no experience.” When Brandon Stanton first started taking 10,000 portraits for a personal project, he received many rejections. A few months later and Humans of New York, Brandon’s blog, has over 3 million fans. It seems that Brandon has a knack for telling stories through his photography. At the core of his work are these four principles that we think can improve anyone’s creative endeavor.
My name is Pascal Depuhl. In winter of 2012 I embarked upon one of the greatest challenges of my career, filming my first documentary: “On Wings of Hope“. The documentary tells the story of Pactec, an aid organization in Afghanistan that provides flight services to over 200 NGOs in this Central Asian country and allowing those organizations to impact the lives of countless Afghans. As you can imagine, Afghanistan is not the easiest place to film in to begin with, and I found myself facing a myriad of challenges beginning with the physical ones, such as filming at 10,000 feet above sea level, in -25º C temperatures, recording sound and video in small, noisy aircraft as a one person crew…
Martin Scorsese, one of the highest acclaimed directors of the last century, is profiled in this documentary. With behind-the-scenes looks and commentary from Scorsese himself, this documentary from American Masters is well crafted and gives a unique perspective into an extraordinary life. Even though it was created in 1990, we love the way American Masters mixed past footage with contemporary interviews to tell a story definitely worth telling. Check it out and let us know if you think this mini-doc did justice to the craft that Scorsese brings to his work.
“To get into National Geographic, you have to offer them something they don’t already have access to – which is a tall order. It’s not enough just to be a great photographer. You have to be a great photographer and be able to dive under sea ice, spend days in tree stands in the tropics, speak fluent Russian and know Moscow like the back of your hand” ~Joel Sartore
Becoming a photographer is tough, very tough, but becoming a photographer after having a well-paid steady career, and all the perks that come with that career, is damn near impossible. But Azli Jamil doesn’t care. After 20 years of working in middle-management, he decided enough is enough and quit his career to pursue his passion, and we’re glad he did. His images speak for themselves.
“I believe the best way to lead life is to choose our words and avoid unnecessary adjectives. The word we should use the most is TRY and the word we should use the least is PERFECT.” ~Azli Jamil