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This week, we've got six impressive new photographers, illustrators and CGI artists. Check out their bios and image samples below.
Darren Carroll specializes in sports action and location portraiture for editorial, advertising, and corporate clients worldwide. By taking a more photojournalistic approach to both his action and portrait work, he seeks to bring a sense of realism to even the most highly produced shoots by preferring to work with his subjects in their element, and working with a small, mobile crew capable of adapting to rapidly-changing conditions. An avid runner and barbecue fanatic, he lives just outside of Austin, Texas with his eight year-old son, Jake.
David Clifford has been lucky enough to travel the world and document some of the best climbers and runners along the way. As the Photo Editor at Rock & Ice magazine as well as Trail Runner magazine, Dave has forged lifelong relationships with many talented people. Dave has been selected as a Red Bull Illume finalist, an America 24-7 photographer, a PDN Outdoor finalist; he has won a Maggy award and the APA short video contest grand prize for his film Lucky. Dave is also proud to have mentored many of the best outdoor photographers on the planet.
Eli Meir Kaplan
Eli Meir Kaplan is a photographer in Washington, DC. He became interested in visual media after his parents brought home an early black and white video camera to their apartment in Queens. Eli's first of many videos on the camera was a stop-motion battle between He-Man and Skeletor, which he made when he was four years old. Always passionate about storytelling and beautiful imagery, Eli found that his purpose as a photographer was to capture sensitive, honest and emotional moments. He's been told that he's fun to work with.
What: Changing the Face of Beauty
Who: Changing the Face of Beauty/ Michael Canavan Photography/ Real Talent, Inc.
When: Friday June 7th, 2013, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Rational Park, 2557 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
Katie Driscoll – Steve English
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I have always had all these photographs that I’d taken over the years that were personal. Every year, I would make my wife a book for her birthday that was a retrospective of the previous year. I liked to show the book to family and friends and the response was always “you should show these." I was conflicted about doing that because I felt they should be held separate from my commercial work. It seemed to me that taking pictures of your family or kids was very normal, and every photographer should be doing it. I didn’t think there was much that was special about the photographs, except that they were special to me.
Why the name?
My agents, Joe and Erica, convinced me it was okay to show the work on a blog that is separate from my commercial work on my website. A blog format is basically a modern day incarnation of a sketchbook. Meaning, a place where ideas, visuals, and concepts are developed or just noted for future reference and inspiration. A sketchbook is not a place for finished, polished work. It’s a place to put things for them to grow, a place to document your daily life, routines, and moments that you want to remember.
Do you like the idea of archiving your life while also sharing it with the world?
I’ve always archived my life. It’s what got me into photography in the first place. When I first picked up a camera, I was photographing my parents, grandparents, and brother. Now I photograph my wife and two boys.
When my boys are eighteen, I want to remember what their chubby toddler legs looked like. I want to remember what their morning breath smelled like from a shot of them stuffing their faces with sweets. I don’t want to forget these details. I worry that I might forget those small moments if I don’t take the pictures. Taking the pictures guarantees I will always have my three-year-old, even when he’s thirty.
Posting the photographs for others to see has shown me how universal the photographs are: a photograph of my son reminds someone of his or her boy who is now grown up. That connection to people, and people getting a flashback to their memories, is rewarding.