Sunshine to moonshine?
Italian fashion shooters are like busses: even when you’re not waiting for one, two come along at once. Photographer Joseph Del Duca (call him Jos) is based in Florence, Italy and is into keepin’ it real. This time, I was sold by the natural sunlight and that good ol’ American dreamy summer look. (After this shoot, I reckon the girls finished off their latest batch of moonshine and went alligator rustling.)
—Chris Noble, 22 April 2011
Bring the smize
Max Margheri is an Milan-based fashion photographer who has seen pay-days from Italian Vogue and the like. The 31-year-old was born in Italy but grew up in the USA until he was 12.
He approached levelmag.com saying he loves to “collaborate w/ magazine no conventional” with an offer of doing a photo shoot, and being intrigued, I agreed. The results are linked below. It’s high fashion like Level has never seen before… but an agreement is an agreement… and I like a gorgeous model as much as the next chap.
—Chris Noble, 19 April 2011
You may have noticed the wealth of interchangeable-lens “enthusiast” compact cameras that have bundled onto the market a late. They have most of the bells and whistles of digi SLRs, including the possibility of a bag of lenses, the occasional quandary of which lens to use (occasionally resulting in missing the Kodak moment), and then the later possible considering if the photo wouldn’t have looked better at a different focal length.
Fuji are throwing all that dilemma crap out of the window, though, with their forthcoming X100. They’ve gone and stuck an 35mm (equivalent) lens on the front, which let
—Chris Noble, 19 January 2011
I’ve been working nights everybody
Shooting bands before and after they go on stage in an attempt to capture the most exciting artists in the most candid and revealing of ways, in the seconds prior and the seconds immediately following their live performance.
We’re gathering some great results and getting a worthy hit rate of folks saying “err, okay” despite the huge intrusion at a time most artists are enjoying their rituals.
And whatever they may be, they rarely enjoy and give access to be photographed whilst doing them.
To make it happen takes some work and Ed Bartlett, my super-producer, is hammering all the normal platforms to engage managers and bands to take part and say “yes”. Harder than you think. We’ve a huge amount more to
—Tom Oldham, 12 January 2011
You’re never going to believe what’s on the horizon from Fuji. It’s the launch of an all-new film camera. Not just film, but medium format no less. Foldable and compact, the new GF670 Professional is capable of shooting either 6×6 or 6×7 format and accommodates both 120 and 220 film. A coupled rangefinder, exposure compensation, manual exposure and aperture-priority automatic modes compliment the 80mm Fujinon EBC lens. If you need to light it up, the GF670 has flash sync speeds ranging from four seconds to 1/500 of a second via hot shoe mount or PC socket.
Some may question the relevance of Fuji’s new film camera, but many photographers do still crave the product and process of shooting film and
—Anthony Smith, 11 February 2010
Those cafe racer-riding photo-nerds at Olympus have churned out another iteration of the E-P-series, this time one for the masses. (That is, the masses that would have bought an E-P1 or -2 if only it weren’t for their fiddliness and pricey price tags.) The new E-PL1 is the iMac of the bunch, it doing most of the things its fancier brothers do—take quality shots, shoot 720p video, feel P-R-O-hip while you swap lenses—only more simply, for a few hundred quid cheaper, and with the backup of a built-in flash.
And you can get it in red.
—Chris Noble, 05 February 2010
When photographer Scott Toepfer took a call from Chuck Ragan, formerly of Hot Water Music, inviting him aboard the bus for the California leg of this year’s Revival Tour, an alternative to accepting didn’t cross Scott’s mind. He was already on the plane. Literally. Nor did he think that one of the bands on tour, The Anderson Family, would make such an impression on him. Scott latched on to the family of musicians and returned with rolls of photographic gold and a new-found respect for the mandolin.
Who are The Anderson Family, to you and to the world?
The Anderson Family is a family bluegrass band from Northern California, Grass Valley I believe. They are exceptional people, and damn fine musicians.
—Chris Noble, 07 December 2009
We mentioned the amazing low-fi Digital Harinezumi camera a little while ago. Superheadz have just released its successor—the Digital Harinezumi 2—with higher resolution images and the ability to record in black and white and with sound. To mark the simultaneous release around the world they have an exhibition at Logos gallery in Parco in Shibuya to explain the history of the camera and its evolution from 110 film camera to its current format.
The all star exhibitors include Charlotte Gainsbourgh, Miranda July, Spike Jonze, Nick Waplington, Harmony Korine, Michael Stipe, Bruce LaBruce and Jens Leckman.
—Lee Basford, 17 November 2009
Not too long ago, on a website very close to this one (this one), Mark Noble waxed lyrical about Olympus’s brand new high-end compact shooter, the E-P1, which was inspired by its classic old high-end compact shooters, the PEN series.
Surprisingly, Olympus have just mothballed the E-P1. Welcome, the E-P2. (It’s as if Olympus sent out the E-P1s and then realised the factory had missed off a few things.) Aside from a couple of fancy and useful-looking focussing features, the major upgrade is the addition of a port on the back, just below the hot-shoe, that enables plug-in gadgets such as the new, included, digital external viewfinder (shown above, top), which can be used at any angle up to 90
—Chris Noble, 10 November 2009
Whilst I’m fully aware of the righteousness this may well exude, I have to announce (via levelmag.com and beyond to the whole world wide web) that I’ve recently had a bit of a revelation.
I pondered thus: times being what they are, and while some are struggling to hold their business together and also working overtime to keep a grip on what they’ve fought for, a fair few freelancers—illustrators, graphic designers, photographers like me—must simultaneously have more time on their hands—dare we admit it—which maybe is being dedicated to scoring new business, working up their portfolio finally, visiting galleries and fffound.com for inspiration and generally doing all the stuff they’re certain they will when on holiday or on the sofa but
—Tom Oldham, 22 October 2009