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Pedro Cardigo

Very interesting exercise, I actualy did that in Tokyo (with a 7 D) but I would guess shooting there is easier since there cameras everywhere and everyone is pretty use to that. But again I like it, this way you've shown everybody that you "do it" with Leica, but you can do it with anything else! I would LOVE to hear the "new excuse".

Cheers from Portugal.

Pedro

James Jay

nice blog post.

I think you have such a distinct feel with the M's, but these are equally as good.


- james

Lostulendo

For what's worth, you may not post a lot but when you do, it's golden. Great to see what a pro like yourself does and the thought process behind your gear, your techniques, and your specialities.

I may not ever get the joy of owning a Leica but really like what you write about it. (Maybe I win the lottery one day). Am a basic entry Canon film SLR shoot-for-the-joy of it amateur. Seeing your photos makes me think about what I shoot, on slide film, while on vacation. Makes for a lot of different shots on my wife's digital point-&-shoot that's for sure.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing more blogs posts Chris. When you got the time ;)

Qreacher

Thanks for taking us through this little journey you took. It was very interesting to see the progression throughout your shooting with a different rig and how it affected (or didn't) the way you shot.

The first shots are a little further away, but as you progressed and tested the "hear-shot" of the new set-up, you got in closer, but all the shots are still in your style. Very nice.

The best part of the whole thing, for me, is that you tested a new set-up in the flow...no shots with DOF charts or a brick wall...sure, you probably missed a few shots because of the new, but nothing makes you learn better than working in the flow, even if those missed shots stick in your mind (or that might just be me).

Hopefully we can hear a little about how NIK Silver EFX works into this setup...not really the details and settings, just how it changes or affects making shots look like you envisioned.

Cool stuff, man.

Ashraf Azlan

Indeed, the ability to shoot at high iso's without worry does feel liberating..

Can't wait for part 2!

Gary

Chris,

Big fan of your street work. Have been for a long time. Just read this, and i have to say your points are very well received. But, i feel there is a different feeling to these photos from your normal street photo postings. The compositions feel much more 'closed in' almost 'heavy'.

Not making a judgment either way, but there is a different feeling to these regardless of what camera made them.

That being said, your normal work with M's is next level - from a composition stand point.

Christian Rollinson

too many favourites to mention, i especially like the shot of the girl behind the bananas looking at the guy with the tray, i can't stop staring at that one, her gaze is just pulling me in!
this post just reminded me of the first time i shot street 20yrs ago when i got an EOS 1000 for my 18th birthday. even though i didn't know what the fuck 'street' was, i'll never forget feeling the urge to shoot an old lady in a cafe window, she was staring into space with a 1000yd stare, i didn't know why i wanted to take her picture, i didn't even know her, i just wanted to capture that moment. isn't photography just fucking great :)
(actually, i'm surprised the shutter didn't snap her out of it, it sounded like a door slamming in the wind!)

Lee

A lot of people have heart. And their heart shows in their photos. They see beyond the bullshit. All the haters, gear heads, the elitists, the pros, the so-called artists. People with heart just do what they do for the love of doing it. They love the act ... the expression...

I do what I do professionally cause I once loved it. Now it's just a job. Don't get me wrong, I like it, I like it allot, but the heart is gone. Once you get paid for something, you do it based on the interests of others, the demands of others, you do it for editors and you care about what they think. You don't do it cause you love it. Once you are paid to do "something" you love that "something" becomes less about the love. It's like a person who loves sex enough to get paid to do it... That's what happens to many so-called "Pros".

That said ... I love your photos ... not that it matters.

Scenesaroundjackson.wordpress.com

great to see another post from ya man!

i've been running into what you talked about some at the beginning of the post. i have a weekly photo blog (well, it used to be weekly) but i haven't been updating like i used to and i've been trying to figure out why and then it occurred to me, it's cause i was busy actually going on shoots and working LoL

so, now i just try to update when i can and keep on shooting :)

by the by, many props for actually shooting street with the 5DM2. most people never even try something new to challenge their perceptions and you went out and did it and then showed the work. and that rocks.

have a good one man and looking forward to part II :)

- Pat!

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fun read.
Great to see photos up on this blog again. I quite miss it.

cheers from manila

Matt Jan

Love your work, really do, but take this comment as if we were at a quiet bar drinking beers and talking shit....: "yeah man, I get it, you hate fat dorks who jerk off to sharp photos of pot plants and kids toys, let's move on, I have, I think your readers have"...

I love your work, and the posts, they are few and far between nowadays (for the reasons you've explained) so I'm always stoked to get an email saying there is a new post up, but to be honest, the average introductory theme of the last few posts I can remember has been this "preachy" angle about pros vs online douches and really, it is getting a bit tired. Yes, you're a pro, yes we know that by now (I've been reading your blogs since the start of bbq'd iguana), yes those who aren't pros suck. Settled, agreed, let's move on to something more constructive.

Not everyone who takes photos is some FlickrWhore or fat dork on a forum. I'm neither of those, just a guy who likes taking photos for his "real world" friends and their "real world" projects and for his own enjoyment. Does that make me a shitty online popularity whore? I hope not, I'm the only person I know who doesn't have facebook.

Kicking retards around in your blog for taking shit photos and thinking they're experts, is getting a bit passe, especially when about 0.5% of your audience fits that category. Hey, lots of us take shit photos, but at least we are (by "we are" I mean "I am") able to realise it.

I started reading this post, wondering what the actual point of it was. I'd heard it before, yes old rich dorks with Leicas are faggots (in the Louis CK sense of the word). It wasn't until trawling through the start of the post, that the actual tie in to the photos you'd posted presented itself. Ahhh shooting street with a SLR. 15 less paragraphs of cam-fag-bashing and the words "Shooting street with an SLR" would have been a much less abrasively self-indulgent intro. I recognise the irony of saying that after I myself have written a whole rant when I could have summarised it with "We get you don't like photo-dorks".

I'd like to read your commentary on HOW to become a pro, or HOW to take a better photo, or get an assignment, or a history of HOW YOU got your start or what assignment you've just done and some links and some background to it, how it was set up, what the deadlines were, what gear, what the issues or restrictions or challenges were and that kinda thing (I also understand that not all clients are willing to have their photos shown outside of their service or magazine). Yes I guess I could find snippets of that info around the web, but I enjoy your style and am hanging out to read that kind of stuff from your angle. There used to be a fair bit of that from you and it'd be great if it had a revival.

I bet you've done thousands of assignments and worked for great clients and I know you've made many many great photos, so it'd be great to read about your "real world" stories and about what goes on in the life of a pro photographer, rather than just about how much you hate non-pro gaylords.

For example, even though this was a bit of a gear wank and the writer loves flowery language, it was nonetheless a great read in the scheme of what's out there on the net: http://blog.leica-camera.com/interview/chris-weeks/

I probably sound like an asshole, but I don't mean to be. I'm a big fan. Hopefully some constructive feedback. Feel free to tell me to go fuck myself.

Regards

Matt


Rlampano

alright weeks, is the new excuse for taking street pics claiming some kind of neurological disorder that hinders memory makin'? i know, i know... you can neither confirm nor deny. all good. unless you're lyin' but if it's strangers it don't hurt nobody, right?

i always kid with folks that ask me what i do when people catch me making a photo when i tell them, "i throw up a peace sign and claim not to know engrish!" that is, of course, far from the truth as i had a run in with a street vendor in allentown, pa -- who, long story short, was pretty pissed off that i took a picture of him. he told me, "YOU WAIT HERE, MY SON IS ON HIS WAY!" i offered to delete the picture (and did)... his nephew interrupted and told me not to mind his uncle. that crazy old coot even tried to involve a bicycle cop. anyway.

"If I ever move from L.A., I'll miss the ghetto birds. Traffic? Not so much." my sentiments exactly. now that i live in the midwest, the only noise we deal with from the skies is the occasional kc-135 tanker jet as we live >10 miles from the AFB. i do miss the infrequent ghetto bird!

enjoyed the pics, esp. from so cal... looking forward to yer next post.

lampano, out.

grubernd

nice stroll you took there.
besides the fact that a modern dslr isnt much louder than those digital rangefinders, i'd say it's mostly the shooter that remains unnoticed, the camera is just an addon. it's your fly-on-the-wall secret-super-spy training that makes you invisible to those people. you could shoot street with almost any camera.
and.. i like the B/W look in those images. although the smallish websize makes your soft processing a little too soft for me. probably looks marvellous as a print, though. few understand the greatness of a soft rendition when it comes to prints. especially large prints. sharp(ening) is probably THE most overrated thing in digital photography ever.

C Weeks

@pedro: i think making street photos in japan may be a bit easier because everyone is shooting.

happy you got the point, my friend!

C Weeks

@james: there's a distinct feeling for sure ... i mean ... seeing as how long i've made photos with leicas but ... in fact ... it proves you don't need a leica or a rangefinder to make proper street photos.

C Weeks

@ Lostulendo: thanks, mate! happy you enjoy the posts.

i'm also very happy to hear that your vacation photos look much different than the ones make with the little digi.

C Weeks

@ Qreacher: it was a trip to abandon the system i know so well and use a d-slr. in fact, i wanted to gauge how loud the shutter was before i got "up close and personal" with subjects i don't know.

i would never post charts or brick walls; only guys who have no idea how to shoot use those as a crutch.

then again, the guys who are impressed by those kinds of shots and charts would never come to this blog. ;)

i'm gonna do a whole blog about Silver EFEX ... loving its addition to my workflow!

cheers for the comment!

C Weeks

@Ashraf Azlan: to shoot clean at those isos is definitely liberating!

C Weeks

@gary: interesting observation. perhaps it was the subject matter and how i saw it but i don't think it's wholly different from anything else i've shot in the same genre.

also ... the way i saw life at the beginning of this experiment, during and after ... are much different.

thanks, man!

C Weeks

@Christian Rollinson: i may have an advantage in making photos like the one of the girl who's gaze pulled you in. some day i'll write about it. perhaps.

the way she was looking at homey, though, was very interesting and i, too, looked at that photo for quite some time.

i know exactly what you mean. there were things on the street that i just wanted to remember if for no other reason. my first street photos were taken whilst on assignment in a "whole other context" with a massive nikon slr.

i love photography about as much as i love breathing.

C Weeks

@lee: ever since i blinked at things in the back of my parent's car and remembered everything about "the frame" i've loved freezing moments.

like i said in the last comment "i love photography as much as i love breathing."

don't get me wrong ... there are assignments i see come through and i let out a heavy sigh ... and then i think about it and feel how lucky i am to go and walk around and see ... and make photos.

fyi ... i'm stoked you like my photos.

thank you.

C Weeks

@Pat!: oh my god thats so cool that you're getting a lot of work!

i love throwing different equipment into a certain workflow to make sure i'm seeing everything i need to see and not become complacent!

again, congrats on all of the work!!!

C Weeks

@Sthiro: sorry i don't post more often! i'm happy that you still enjoy reading it!

C Weeks

@ Matt: i don't think you're an asshole; you're honest.

i know that less than .05% of the people reading this are fucktard wannabe's who can't shoot but because of their forum buddies they have a banal blog appealing to ONLY their forum buddies.

Whenever i write something like that ... about their uninspired attention-loving activity ... there's a reason that perhaps only 2 people get. perhaps three this time.

has nothing to do with you...

but i get your point.

they know who they are except i think one is pretty deluded and probably has no idea i'm talking about him. yeah ... i'll say him instead of them. ;)

jason's language is a bit superfluous in that interview.

back in like 03 or 04 i wrote something about becoming a pro...

http://cweeks.deviantart.com/journal/4196864/

let me know what you think.

i don't tell people to fuck themselves who are honest.

cheers for the comment, man!


C Weeks

@lampano: don't worry about anyone who confronts you. seriously, the "i don't speak english-thing" works quite well.

kinda difficult to include the ghetto birds within street shots .. but they're so present here. i mean ... especially in my 'hood.

happy you enjoyed the photos! :)

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