April 14th, 2006

firstgrade

From thefridayfive - Photos

Well, I've been into photography since I was a little kids, snapping away with my Kodak Disc camera, so...

1. What is your favorite photo?

I reallllly love photography, which I feel is a totally underappreciated art form, because "everyone" can do it... supposedly.

Anyway, there are many photos I love, both famous ones and obscure, and a few of my own. Right now, because it popped into my head, I'm going to say this hilarious "gag photo" of Buster Keater:



I love photos of all different sorts of subjects -- everything from Hollywood portraiture to architecture shots to experimental. But still, that Keaton picture always cracks me up.

2. Who took the photo?

I don't know. I think I first saw it in this French art book, The Look of Buster Keaton. I've seen it referenced in works on Hollywood portraits though. I just don't know the guy's name, which is true most of the time when you're talking about staff studio photographers.

3. If you could photograph anything or anyone what/who would it be?

A ghost.

4. What makes a good photo?

As far as taking photos, I've always had an instinct for it so it's hard for me to explain, but I think a lot of it is the "framing," which encompasses everything from how close-up you are (I love my zoom) to the angle to how the object/person is positioned within the frame. I just always know how to do the picture right and what is a fascinating, revealing angle versus just "another shot."

5. Which do you prefer: digital or print?

I value print photography, esp. by art photographers (like the one who did the fabulous print on my living room wall), but personally I am much happier with digital, because it allows you the freedom to "waste" photos. If I had had a digital camera instead of a Disc camera as a kid... my dad would have been a LOT happier in terms of the expenses I caused!