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17 August 2022

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at Andre Wagner, Henry Horenstein, the Perseid meteors, a $43K contract, how to shoot a portrait and the forest.

  • Andre Wagner found himself Unknowingly Walking in the Footsteps of Gordon Parks (gift link). "It wasn't until after departing that I received a call from Eve, who shared that Gordon Parks, a photographer whom I'd studied religiously for the past decade, had photographed Anacostia in the 1940s," he writes. "As a Gordon Parks fellow, to learn that I had been -- quite literally -- walking in the footsteps of Parks and so organically, imbued in me a sense of alignment and purpose, a feeling that I had been exactly where I was supposed to be."
  • A Night at the Races: Out on the Speedway features Henry Horenstein's night shots from the 1970s that recall the world of stock car racing before it became big business. Ah, Scientifically Treated Petroleum (STP to race fans)!
  • The Perseid meteors, which shower the skies from July 14 to Aug. 24 each year, are remnants of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which takes 133 years to orbit the sun.Bill Ingalls captured this shot of them in Spruce Knob, W.Va., last year. Jeff Meyer recommends setting your camera to Raw in Manual mode with an aperture of f2.8, ISO 3200 and shutter speed of 5 seconds (on a tripod) to capture them.
  • Craig Oppenheimer negotiates a $43K contract for Ambassador Portraits for an Apparel Company. "They needed two looks with three poses each for all four talent, which would yield 24 images," he writes.
  • In Today's Portrait: Jaston Williams, Kirk Tuck spills "the only secret I know about photographing interesting people." And that is, "Don't touch the camera until you've had a good conversation, shared, listened and enjoyed the camaraderie." He had such a good time, he waived his fee.
  • Andrew Molitor is In the Forest. "The forest, like the sea, is indifferent," he writes. "We interpret with desperate hope with overweening optimism this indifference as a kind of sacred benevolence, hoping that the trees individually and the forest collectively will somehow bless us and make us fruitful or at any rate successful or if not that at least not dead too soon."

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