Tonight, I managed to go to the NYC Photobloggers talk at the Apple Store, tonight. It was beyond inspirational.
The auditorium area was packed with a rapt crowd. Each of these photographers - Eliot Shepard, Red deLeon, Jay Parkinson, and Matt Weber had such different stories, personalities and challenges.
Most took digital photos in color, one took photos using black and white film. Some took posed portraits, others preferred gritty, spontaneous street shots. All questioned themselves, challenged themselves and loved photography.
Seeing their images, not just on a little computer screen, but blown up big on the wall, made me look at my pictures in a different (and much more critical) way. It's hard not to fall into despair.
Matt Weber's images, especially, were phenomenal. He's managed to capture fleeting, seemingly perfect moments, throughout his life in New York. Pacing back and forth, flipping quickly through his Powerpoint presentation, Matt attributed much of his work to sheer 'luck'. If only everyone could be so lucky!
Check out their photos. Each of these artists will inspire you to look at your surroundings in a different way.
Photo by myself of the current Storefront installation, celebrating its 25th anniversary.