About this blog …
You might have heard it said more than once that there’s never been a better time to be a photographer than today. Countless fascinating developments in the field of photography are happening on so many fronts.
Many photography websites make it their mission to give you the latest news and information. Many photography print publications are vying for your readership. Many photography associations and organizations want you to join them. Many photography podcasts want you to subscribe and listen to them.
Understandably, getting a good sense of the state of photography today and keeping abreast of all developments can be time-consuming and quite confusing, which sadly, might not leave you with enough time to actually do photography.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with what’s going on. And like many, you are not alone in thinking that with the endless barrage of information, you might miss something important.
What’s more, from out of the different sources of information, it is mostly up you to figure out what’s really important and what’s not, and at the same time, to sort it all out.
You end up asking yourself all the time: Is this information useful? Is it helpful? How will it affect me and my photography?
In other words, whether you’re a professional photographer or a hobbyist, an industry insider or a casual observer, you know that it is increasingly becoming difficult to keep tabs on everything that’s important, relevant and essential in the field of photography, and, with all sorts of information to deal with, it is also becoming especially challenging to figure out the whys and wherefores of it all.
Well, that’s why I put up this blog.
Like you, I felt that it’s becoming harder and harder to keep up with all things photography. More importantly, with so many competing and opposing voices out there, It’s sometimes difficult to make sense of it all.
For you and me, this blog, therefore, exists for two reasons:
First, to cull the essence of some of the most important news information out there on all things photography from many different reliable sources online so that there’s one, uncluttered place to get it.
And second, whenever warranted, to provide some kind of brief but insightful, guided commentary on what these might mean—to you and to me.
The way I see it, this is a great way to go right into the heart of the matter: to learn what’s important without spending an inordinate amount of time doing it; and to facilitate the process of thinking for ourselves what it might mean to you and me as photographers.
Now, just to be clear, while this blog will mostly deal with many of the latest news and information, this is not strictly a news coverage site. This blog is essentially a curation and a commentary of the many news and information in a way that will serve as a starting point in stimulating our thinking and shaping meaningful perceptions as we hopefully engage in and move the conversation forward inside and outside the business, social, and creative aspects of photography.
As with everything else, photography does not exist in a vacuum. Photography, in itself, is already an amalgamation of many different things to begin with, and as time goes on, all sorts of other things converge to continually redefine it. This is why, unsurprisingly, I also bring in many other things that are both directly and indirectly related to core photography.
Consider these topics that crop up every now and then as side dishes to the main entree. It is there to make the meal not just more filling but also more delicious and enjoyable.
It is only by the putting together bits and pieces here and there that we not only see the bigger picture, but we see with more focus and clarity, and in a way, to see things with proper perspective. I believe that this makes us grounded and rooted in our past, even as we deal with the moving targets of the present, of course, in order to meet the future of photography head-on.
So, that’s what this is all about. Check in with me every day, and together we'll check out what's going on in the wonderful, wonderful world of photography. It will be amazing, I promise.
About Dominique James, the photographer ...
Dominique James is an experienced international commercial and fine art photographer currently based in the United States. He has worked on a variety of exciting and innovative film and digital imaging projects for more than 30 years. On top of his commercial assignments, of special interest is his ongoing series of personal works that explore the many aspects and dimensions of both black-and-white and color fine art photography.
Starting in Asia, he established a successful professional career by photographing many famous people such as celebrated entertainment personalities and top fashion models, as well as high-ranking politicians and prominent socialites. In addition, he has done numerous commercial, advertising and corporate photography. Some of his international clients include Avon, Apple, Epson, Fuji, and Nikon.
To date, his images have been presented in a number of one-man and group photography exhibits. While he is best known for his celebrity portraits, his scope of work is diverse: it includes cutting-edge fashion, product, food, travel, landscape, architectural, interior, and adventure photography for advertising, commercial, corporate, entertainment, fashion, and media use.
His specialization covers digital photographic imaging (fashion, portraiture, products, still life, commercial, advertising, corporate, food, landscape photography), digital imaging post-production management (editing, enhancement, file management), visual conceptualization and designs (magazines, brochures, flyers, leaflets, posters, CDs).
Dominique James also regularly conducts popular models and photographers workshops. Frequently, he serves as a judge and a consultant to photography contests, model searches, beauty tilts, and talent competitions.
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