Flavour Of The Month: In Dreams [JAN 2014]

Every month, members of the collective contribute photographs to a group pool that is themed and titled by one member; and that member will select and edit the photographs into a visual narrative — that is our Flavour of the Month. This month's edit is titled In Dreams, and edited by Callan. Enjoy!

[Video] Photographer explores Japan's photography scene

by Callan 

A beautiful video about a Hong Kong-based photographer rediscovering his love for photography via Tokyo's fantastic scene. It's also a great insight on why Japan has such a burgeoning photography scene. Well worth watching, though I wish there were English subtitles for it. Apologies to non-Cantonese/Mandarin speakers, but this is too good not to share. 

Thank you, Donna, for the great find.

Billingham Bags

By Jing Wen; original article here.

Mike Johnston "deconstructs" the Billingham bags over at TOP:

Oh, and for that last reason, these are probably not good bags to buy if you like buying lots of bags on an ongoing basis. One of their main advantages is longevity, and long use is the only thing that will make the high initial outlay sensible. So if you like to buy bags like clothing, constantly switching and swapping and changing styles, a Billingham probably isn't the thing. It's really only for you if you're the type to keep something a long time.

And he adds an interesting observation (and tip) about Billingham bags:

by the way: unless you're a pro—if you're a hobbyist photographer photographing for fun or art or interest: I'd recommend as a guiding principle that you should never carry, and probably not even own, more gear than you can fit into a Billingham Hadley Pro or a Think Tank Retrospective 7. If you have more gear than that, change your gear, not your bag.

Which is, of course, something I believe in. Having too much gear for someone shooting for art leads to distraction of vision, and for someone just shooting for fun, only leads to under-usage. Applies to both carrying and owning gear, to differing degrees.

And that's pretty much why my Billingham Hadley Pro will be my last camera bag - simply because it lasts so long and all the gear I take on my walks fit inside it.

Quote of the Day

When I was teaching at the art academy, however, I knew students who ran around with their digital cameras. They’d fill their memory cards with pictures, and they then had a problem deciding which image was good, which one was bad. I don’t know whether that was because they never learned how to make such a decision or whether they conceptually refused to make a decision. But for them it is a big problem to deal with the flood of images and to make decisions.
Thomas Ruff

Quote of the Day

It has always been important for me to wrestle with my influences. In college I studied under Joel Sternfeld. At the time, I was sort of embarrassed by his influence, so I made work that was as different as possible. But that was a waste of time. It was only when I worked through his influence that I really started to grow. Over time, you begin to understand influences and the nuances of what makes your own work different.

Photography is a language. To communicate, you need to learn the language. The history of photography is like the vocabulary and influence is like a dialect. One shouldn’t be embarrassed about having an accent. That said, it has been important for me to reevaluate those influences as the years go by.

Alec Soth