This video will probably make you fall in love with your lenses all over again :).
Adventure and outdoor photographer, Corey Rich, explores why certain people do what they do and what makes them to be the best and keep pushing themselves. In his own words –
I have always been facinated by those people that are the best at what they do. Those that operate on the edge; scientists, artists, musicians, athletes, etc. Always the question that I find myself asking is “WHY”? What deep inside drives them? What does the world look like through their eyes? Those that live on the edge, push the envelope, redefine sports and industries operate in a space all to themselves.
This is the subject which Corey choose to make a film on when he was approached by Nikon to make a release video for their new flagship camera D4. Nikon gave him the full freedom to decide about the film. The film doesn’t only have an interesting theme but also stunning visuals.
To get an insight into his work and the way he takes his pictures, check out this video –
Afghanistan. If I recall, my earliest memories of anything Afghani are those of Rabindranath Tagore’s story “Kabuliwalah” which I had read as a kid, Amitabh Bachchan’s movie “Khuda Gawah” which I had seen in my teen years and my liking for Pathani dress as I grew up. Beyond this, Afghanistan never caught my attention until 2001 when it hit headlines worldwide after US led invasion there. Since then, the name Afghanistan invariably brings to my mind the picture of a war torn country. Most of the media coverage has focused on the war in Afghanistan. In midst of all this, very seldom have we got the chance to see, to know how is Afghanistan on a normal day, the people and the life there.
I came across a very beautiful and touching video made by Lukas and Salome Augustin. In their own words –
“As each of us has his own impression of Afghanistan that is predominantly marked with pictures of foreign forces, explosions and terror, we were privileged to have access to capture daily life and portrait some people of Afghanistan.
We hope the pictures you know will merge with the pictures you see and will enrich your view on the country in the Hindu Kush.”
I had come across the aerial photography of much acclaimed photographer, Yann Arthus Bertrand, whose aerial shots are splendid. I was simply amazed at seeing pictures from the aerial perspective – pictures which had aesthetic and creative sense. However, in this video it is interesting to see a new dimension to aerial photography using kites. Prof. Charles C. Benton, a professor of architecture at UC Berkeley says that aerial photography using kites give a very unique perspective from about 100 to 200 ft which is difficult to achieve using choppers or planes. Check out this video to get a peek on his interesting pictures and a feel of his passion.
I came across the following interesting video on the blog of my friend, Murali Jayapala. The video is a candid monologue of Henri Cartier-Bresson and a slideshow of his pictures selected from his book called “The Decisive Moment”. Henri is regarded as the father of the modern photojournalism. Henri retired in 1975 from an active photography career which stretched for about 45 yrs. Although it’s been more than three decades since then, he is still regarded as one of the photographers who has immensely influenced photography and has left his mark permanently. He is highly acclaimed for his candid photography, all shot with a 35mm film Leica and 50mm lens.
Although he had traveled and photographed all over the world, he had captured some of the significant events in Asia, like India-Pakistan partitioning in 1947, funeral of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948 and change of regime after the Civil War in China in 1949.
His relationship with photography is captured in his following words – “My passion has never been for photography in itself, but for the possibility — through forgetting yourself — of recording in a fraction of a second the emotion of a subject, and the beauty of the form.”