Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Last night I was faced with a reality check. It was late and sports was waiting on my photos, and I made the mistake of letting them choose from the top 7 of my photos. I was told we couldn't run a winning or losing shot because apparently that doesn't happen in high school sports.
I can rant and rave about how much I hate the politics of sports, but it won't do any good. All I can say is I hope journalist, young and old, start growing back bones before it is too late. The industry is changing and I can accept, but in some ways it is changing in the worst ways. I think we let the public decide too often what is news worthy and what is not. It starts with this sport ideology and then it runs into features, then spot news. It is a slow decent to hell. Just ask the auto industry what happened when they gave the public what they wanted, with GMAC pricing, and then came leases, and then came cheaper leases... but that is another story for another time, the moral is, "If you give a mouse a cookie, he is going to want a glass of milk."
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
I wish I had something great to show here, but I don't. I will share a few frames from a recent trip to Hale, MI. Don't ask where it is at because there is nothing around it. On my way home with Liz and Jess I saw a field of sunflowers so I did what any photographer would do, I turned the car around. The girls thought I was crazy, but in all honesty this made our trip complete.
Friday, August 1, 2008
This antique car auction was one of the most difficult things to shoot. It was blistering hot out, people were hot, sweaty and tired. They drove a car into the auction, people bid on it, they drive it out. Repeat this routine about 100 more times and you have my day. I did alright though and I produced to ok images out of it. Nothing mind blowing by any means, and if I get a chance this coming week maybe I'll put another image up.
I have never been a fan of the Dutch Tilt but it works in this case for me and there was something about this photo when I made it that sparked something inside of me. I don't know if I like the lines, the colors, the moment I don't know. Maybe it was the fun of standing on the edge of something shaky 15 feet in the air.
And here we are starting August already. I'm not sure what I did with my summer, and I know I didn't accomplish things I promised to myself. For those of you who don't know I will be leaving CM Life as the photo editor to take on a new responsibility as the photo intern at the Saginaw News. I want to state something loud and clear so everyone can hold me to it; I Matthew Stephens will work on atleast one photo story while I am there whether for print or portfolio. I made this promise this summer and I failed to do this. There are a lot of reasons, but we all know they are excuses so it is time to shit or get off the pot.