Polacon V(irtual)!

Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27, saw the fifth iteration of the Instant Film Society‘s Polacon event, and my fourth in a row. Given that this is 2020, usual activities were few, with most moved online (to Instagram Live) and a few cancelled, and I skipped the Denton Polawalk for the first time, opting instead to, well, stay well distanced, but made it to more of the talks and all, so overall Polacon V(irtual) was a total win, and huge thanks to everyone at the IFS for putting it all together!

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I cleaned the rollers on the Impulse SE…

Thanks for the recommendation, @swerdnaekalb! Now to figure out where that spot comes from…

And, coincidentally*… it’s Polacon 5: #PolaconVirtual edition! If you’re reading this on the weekend of 9/25-27/2020, grab an instant camera and join in the fun if you can.

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Dawoud Bey ‘on Photographing People and Communities’

Dawoud Bey on Photographing People and Communities is the fifth book in Aperture’s Photography Workshop Series, and it’s a worthy entry to the collection. I’ve learned a few things from the other books in the series—Todd Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, and the Nude, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image, Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation, and Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment—and while I’m not a portrait photographer, not much anyway, I’ve gleaned some good insights from Bey through this book.

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Worldwide Pinhole Day 2020… better late than never, I guess.

Worldwide Pinhole Day, 2020, occurred, as always, on the last Sunday in April, April 26.

Today, the day I’m posting this, is the 17th of September, 2020…

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‘Patrick Demarchelier: Fashion Photography’

Patrick Demarchelier: Fashion Photography is the second, or other book in the two volume series of American Photographer’s Master Series of workshop-type books from 1989, the other being William Albert Allard: The Photographic Essay. Like its litter mate, Fashion Photography reads like very long puff profile piece from a mass market hobby magazine.

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Early results from the Zenit Horizon

Back in March, right before the Covid-19 lockdown began in Texas, I saw some panoramic photographs on Twitter, probably from an X-Pan, and got the pano bug again. I started for the excellent Sprocket Rocket, but wanted more control, so, after hunting some, I ordered a Zenit Horizon S3 u500 direct from Russia.

It arrived in May, and here are a few shots and thoughts from my first roll.

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William Albert Allard – ‘The Photographic Essay’

The Photographic Essay was introduced to me via a conversation on Twitter, if I recall. It was a couple of years ago, I think, and maybe I just read it but didn’t participate and that’s why I can’t find it now. No matter. William Albert Allard was a National Geographic photographer in the 1960s, and then a freelance photographer for the Geographic in the prime years for freelance National Geographic photographers and well into the magazine’s Fox-owned decline.*

In my YouTube blurb for the unboxing, I call The Photographic Essay “… a sort of master class on documentary photography and creating photographic essays….” After spending some time with it, well, I guess I stand by that. Sort of.

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