wkay: I'd really like to know how you get your bugs to sit still for 10 minutes while you setup the tripod in their faces, compose, and take 11 shots..
your best bet is to get up early and look for insects that have not warmed up yet, if there is a dew so much the better, they are very unlikely to move whilst still cold. Up to about an hour after sunrise is best.
Short interview with the photographer on YouTube, love that southern drawl:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlEDqDwU98kEggleston himself doesn't have much time to talk about the photo in this short interview but says he knew a lower angle would make it more interesting.To my mind these photos belong in a handsome coffee table book. However if folk want to pay huge sums to hang the images on their wall it's their money. I'd rather have Rhein II on my wall.
HL48: I can't afford these prints. But how much is the tricycle?
genuine 1960s tricycle, expect to pay $100-$200
Wallace Ross: For those people that think this looks like just an Instagram snapshot. You've got it halfway right but backwards. Millions of people are taking pictures unknowingly trying to duplicate Egglestons work. Have a look at Egglestons "girl in the grass" and tell me there aren't thousands of hipsters that have taken a similar picture thinking they were the first.
Seems to me like a perfectly natural image to take without reference to any previous efforts. Eggleston himself could be 'accused' of borrowing the idea from a Pre Raphaelite painting such as Waterhouse's Ophelia.
StephaneB: Hilarious to see comments here from people who obviously have no idea of what Eggleston brought to photography.
Seeing just a picture of a tricycle here is like saying the Grand Canyon is just another valley. And a bad one at that, there isn't even a bridge.
What is hilarious is that some folk buy into the snapshot aesthetic to the extent they elevate it to high art, it's not without merit but not as deep as they would have you believe.
'Beauty in the commonplace.....everyday object made iconic.......desolation behind the facade of American suburbia..........everyday object from a new perspective...'I could add some interpretations of my own but at the end of the day I know damn well if Joe Bloggs or myself exhibited this image no one would give it a second glance.
work commitments or maybe she doesn't want the attention, anyway surely they can send her the memory card. Great service from Taiwan airlines.
I could see a few soldiers buying one to slip in their pocket, rugged and dust proof is all that matters.
top notch photo and a happy image from the third world wins for a change.
VidJa: Excellent article Carsten,
being bound to my home town without serious transport (I don't even own a car these days) I've taken up the challenge to take a lot of photos 'half an hour from home'.Fortunately the hills are about 25 minutes by bike so that's where some of my favourite shots are taken.
This first one was taken with a 3MP coolpix early 2005http://www.vidja.nl/photo/6/600.jpg
I returned later with my D50, which I still enjoy (no money to buy a new cam)http://www.vidja.nl/photo/15/600.jpghttp://www.vidja.nl/photo/16/600.jpghttp://www.vidja.nl/photo/17/600.jpg
A year later I took this onehttp://www.vidja.nl/photo/126/600.jpg
with a small variationhttp://www.vidja.nl/photo/127/600.jpg
I plan to return to the spot in a few weeks when work allows.
Thus, I fully support Carsten. To all those people saying that there is nothing to photograph in their neighborhood I would say, walk around with an open mind and wonder why you have been 'blind' all those years.
lovely images, not the most obviously promising area so light is everything.
racketman: Most of these images are similar to those winning shots from any decade of the last 50 years. Nothing yells 21st century, no celebration of amazing technological achievements for example.
you're the idiot, technology doesn't make itself. Synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, new powers systems are the product of great minds and worthy of attention. Advances in disease prevention are more interesting than a bunch of bigots blowing each other up.
Most of these images are similar to those winning shots from any decade of the last 50 years. Nothing yells 21st century, no celebration of amazing technological achievements for example.
Good thing about Flickr is that many firms browse it for images and I have sold more than enough to justify using it as a keen amateur.
This is capitalism, the weak must give way unless of course they are a bank in which case the tax payer will bail them out and they will reward themselves huge bonuses.
Joe P Doyle: All high street retail has to compete with online, the high street will soon become high end retail and one big food hall, part of the problem is local councils with crippling business rates, they need not worry as they'll pass costs on to residents. The next ten years is going to be very interesting
not to mention the difficulty parking anywhere at a reasonable charge in the average UK high street, like many I shop at out of town supermarkets for the ease of parking. I realise this is not Arizona and there is no possibility of every shop having its own parking lot but councils have to give local shops a break and allow more free short stay spaces and less draconian traffic wardens.
Felix11: More bad news for the UK high street.It is undoubtedly difficult for any business to compete against internet retailers with much low costs (especially when consumers can use the shop to touch the goods and then order them on-line).
However, the major problem which must be fixed is the multinationals like Amazon, Starbucks etc not paying tax. This gives them yet another advantage over or local businesses.
The high street in the UK is in a terrible state with an explosion of 'pound'-shops, charity shops and betting shops replacing familiar names.
your normal shops seem cheap to UK visitors, it's not called Rip-Off Britain for no reason.
Roxburgh: It's not a surprise, but it is a shame, as it's one of the last shop outlets I've been to that has knowledgable and enthusiastic staff. Cycle shops you'll be next :-(
I'd be surprised if Cycle shops went the same way. All the staff in the many outlets in my area seem very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and cycling is booming.
Used to buy from them but eventually like many bought mainly online and their prices did not compete. I will still buy from specialists like Park Cameras whenever possible and will pay a 10% premium to be able to touch before I buy.Shame about the job losses, it's tough out there.
Congrats to Nikon. I wish they would bring out an equivalent to Canon's MP-E65, would be awesome paired with the D800
Majikthize: I could have taken that picture! If only I'd thought of it. If only I'd been there. If only I'd anticipated the subject would be there and do that at that moment. If only I'd planned ahead to be at the front of the crowd. If only I'd been willing to risk my life traveling though shelling and war and checkpoints controlled by 17-year-olds with AK-47s. If only I'd brought a fast prime lens. If only I'd schlepped a heavy bag of equipment halfway around the world for weeks and weeks away from home and family. Yeah, I could have taken that picture.
But I didn't.
All that is true but it doesn't make the photos any more interesting because you or I are unlikely to put ourselves in the position to take them. The Atlantic selection was far superior to my eyes; having made the effort the photographers then found something extra for their images.