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N 77 B 1.9K C 2 E May 1, 2016 F Feb 25, 2021
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Was talking to a guy at work about photography last week, he mentioned he was having trouble getting into a groove when shooting, lately.

And of course, it's a generally challenging time. But more specifically, once he laid it out, I immediately understood what his issue was.

He normally does concert photography, gets into that flow state while shooting. The portraits and product work he was doing, he enjoyed it, but wasn't getting into the same flow state.

And it's because the flow state requires both reflex and conscious decision-making. It needs a degree of novelty to be triggered...and all he was engaging were the reflexes. No novelty.

That was the great part of shooting on/around Hollywood Blvd, like here with Joy. While I'm an old hand at taking portraits, Hollywood is constantly throwing novel situations at me. Cars, people, light, crowds, we're moving throughout the shoot, finding new spots that compliment Joy (a VW bus, let's say). We're shooting while walking through a crosswalk, while in the middle of a crowd, while talking about her future plans as a filmmaker.

So reflexes: engaged. Conscious decision-making: engaged.

It's a simple formula, but requires a very specific set of circumstances. But if you can pull it off, it makes for an incredible experience.

Tags:   5.1.16 digital Joy Green los angeles lou o' bedlam lou noble

N 70 B 3.4K C 3 E Oct 8, 2011 F Feb 22, 2021
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Fully vaccinated, I woke up, went surfing, did some reading at the beach, then headed over to my favorite restaurant, indulged in an enchilada, two mango margaritas, some fresh guacamole.

There's this tension, though. Part of me feels invincible, like I can go anywhere, see anyone. Do ten shoots in a single day.

Another part of me, the more sensible part, realizes there are still a lot of unknowns, that it's best to play it safe, maximize my chances of remaining covid-free.

So yeah, I'll go eat outside at a restaurant. I'll do a photo shoot. Maybe visit some friends. But gotta rein it in. Only a few people a week, probably only see one friend per day, at the most.

What a strange time, when my friends won't be vaccinated, most likely, until summer.

Now's the time to become everyone's favorite, the only one who can walk through the world freely! I'll bring exotic groceries to people, I'll be the only one who can photograph them!

THE WORLD IS MINE FOR THE TAKING!

Tags:   10.8.11 digital marina 650w mardi gras light los angeles wall o' polaroids Lou O' Bedlam Lou Noble

N 149 B 4.9K C 3 E Mar 1, 2019 F Feb 18, 2021
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Flickr's looking for Black photographers here on Flickr to highlight for Black History Month, thought I'd help 'em out a bit.

If you're interested, send 'em a hello, here: www.flickr.com/photos/flickr/50951166362/

For me...Black History Month is a weird one. I like that it exists, I dislike that it has to exist, I wonder (CONSTANTLY) why they chose the shortest month of the year...but in the end, it's about forward movement.

Sure, it'd be a bigger symbol of The End of Racism if Flickr just gave me the whole site to run and manage...or if the US just made me president...but baby steps, am I right?

And if you think of anyone who'd be interested, let 'em know!

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N 121 B 5.4K C 8 E Mar 2, 2010 F Feb 16, 2021
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Found out today that a Flickr member who often left comments on my photos passed away, back in January.

I'm...surprisingly affected by his death, for reasons I'm not entirely sure I can articulate.

Doug had spoken often of his own photographic practice, of the ways my work inspired him, of corollaries he found between my work and his.

Often he would leave his opinion of a photo, what a particular shot led him to think about. He would talk about what the photo led him to speculate about the situation, or ask about how I'd achieved certain effects. He would commonly talk about how much he appreciated the hedge outside my old apartment, its great utility as a background.

It's...weird! It's weird to have someone who you have known, if only in some small way, for almost a decade suddenly disappear.

I knew almost nothing of his life. Didn't know he'd been married, or that he worked in environmental planning. Didn't know he loved cooking, was well-regarded by his neighbors. Didn't know he was originally from California, or that he'd gone to school in Humboldt. Or that he adored his two pets. All that I discovered while searching for details about his death.

For the length of our...I don't even know what to call it! For the length of our acquaintance, all I knew was, he took photos, and he liked mine.

Yet I'm saddened by his death, and hope, as I do whenever someone dies, that they enjoyed their life, that they were happy.

I'm going to miss our interactions. I always really appreciated that he took the time to look at my photos, to write thoughtful comments. It did not go unnoticed. I'm going to miss him.

So here's a photo of the hedge he was so fond of. Tried to choose one I thought he'd like.

Tags:   3.2.10 digital laura taylor hollywood hills los angeles HEDGE front yard Lou O' Bedlam Lou Noble

N 90 B 5.1K C 5 E Oct 12, 2014 F Feb 16, 2021
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Jutta, who I should've photographed more, when I had the opportunity.

But I made her laugh, got her to stand up on that wood thing, got her to laugh while she stood on the wood thing in front of the Capitol Records building while the sun eased its way down the horizon, shouldn't have any regrets, really.

She danced in the street for me, climbed a tree for me, but there's always more, fate of the photographer, I suppose.

Tags:   10.12.14 digital Jutta Nawao los angeles lou o' bedlam lou noble


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