Sunday, November 8, 2009

An image is measured by,,,,

Last Wednesday, just as I was leaving for class, Tavis told me that Chase Jarvis was giving a talk the next day in Portland. {Chase is a world renowned photographer that Tavis and I like to follow} and I was hoping that someday we could meet him:: Thursday was our lucky day. We spontaneously made the 4 hour trip from eburg to ptown and got to spend some time with our friend whitney & also go to the seminar! I think I enjoyed this little trip even more because it wasn't planned, and it didn't have to be perfect. We arrived, I had my first eggnogg latte of the season, and we headed to the Polara studio for the seminar. I didn't have any expectations, we just wanted to see Chase. :)

There were more iphones at this seminar than I'd ever seen in a single room before. Chase just developed an app for the iphone called "best camera" -which goes along with the book he just published with all this iphotography called "the best camera is the one that's with you"

Tavis and I love taking iphone pics wherever we're at. Of course they're not as good as pictures we can get with our DSLR, but it's just about taking pictures, noticing things, remembering moments. "Inherently, we all know that an image isn’t measured by its resolution, dynamic range, or anything technical about cameras or photos. An image is measured by the simple—sometimes profound, other times absurd or humorous or whimsical—effect that it can have upon us. If you can see an image, it can move you. One button. Always with you. Incredibly accessible. There’s no losing sight of the moment in front of you by way of complicated gear." -

He talked about the book & app, but mostly just told us to "shoot what you love" - He wasn't there to be an "inspirational speaker" but it did get me excited about many new things. Sometimes I get so caught up in getting work done, the logistics, and the technicalities, I forget about my own creative endeavors. He encouraged everyone to create & share, and when you're doing what you love, people will see that in your work and artists develop a community of supporters without even trying too hard. I'm not going to worry so much about marketing and advertising and trying to figure out what people are looking for. Instead, I'm going to branch out even further to shoot and film more, take more chances, go on more adventures, see things differently, be more spontaneous, challenge myself to be creative in new ways. I'll share my findings and we'll see how it goes :) Thanks Chase, we like you. I feel inspired.
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