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Photography podcasts that deal with the why of photography over the how and discuss the essential qualities of the medium from the point of view of the creative photographer.

Jeff Curto's Camera Position Jeff Curto

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    • 4.8 • 196 Ratings

Photography podcasts that deal with the why of photography over the how and discuss the essential qualities of the medium from the point of view of the creative photographer.

    Camera Position 213 : What’s your hashtag?

    Camera Position 213 : What’s your hashtag?

    How do you consider yourself as a photographer in terms of the work you do? Is it important to tell your viewers how you define your work as being a particular kind or made with a particular camera, or does the work you make define you instead?







    If I make more images, like the one in this post, am I a #lunarphotographer or a #GreatLakesPhotographer? If I shoot it with #film or with #digital, how does that change what the image says? I think my intent as a photographer matters more than the label or the gear and if you make photographs that are genuinely yours, your own personal hashtag will write itself.







    Rather than think of myself as this kind of photographer or that kind of photographer, I prefer to think of myself as photographer – I’m interested in subject matter as it presents itself to me, or as I think of it relative to things I’ve read, music I’ve listened to, places I’ve gone…







    Rather than pigeonholing yourself into a particular genre of image-making, or that you use a particular kind of camera, think rather of how the work you make defines who you are and let that be your “hashtag.”







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    * PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont* Composed Exhibition* Jeff’s essay about the work* My Instagram Feed – Follow me and I’ll follow back* Podcast Facebook Page







    Blue Hour Moonset – Lake Superior – photograph by Jeff Curto

    • 10 min
    Camera Position 212 : Sources & Resources

    Camera Position 212 : Sources & Resources

    This episode covers some practical details. I go over the places where you can listen to Camera Position and list a number of online resources for you to explore photography that go beyond the “usual suspects” of Instagram – Flickr – Facebook.







    – Sources –







    Where to Listen to Camera Position







    Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsiHeartRadioSpotifyStitcherAmazon MusiciOS App (free!)YouTubeAndroid App







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    – Resources –







    Where to Find Quality Photography & Photography Inspiration Online







    LENSCRATCH – “an online platform dedicated to supporting and celebrating the photographic arts and photographic artists through exposure, discussion, community collaboration, and education.”







    LensCulture – “LensCulture is one of the most comprehensive and far-reaching resources for discovering contemporary photography talent around the world.”







    Artsy – “Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place.” – Over 1,000,000 artworks online







    Museum of Contemporary Photography – “The MoCP is the world’s premier college art museum dedicated to photography.

    • 13 min
    Camera Position 211 : What not to do

    Camera Position 211 : What not to do

    “Whatever you do with your photography – don’t ever do… that.”







    Our desire to learn quickly, be noticed in social media and not make any mistakes has led to some photography pundits saying things like the above with increasing frequency.







    The whole idea that there are pictures that you should never make or techniques or ideas you should never try is confusing to me. What happened to the notion of experimenting with photography and exploring the world and the medium as you work out the best way to create images that mean something to you?







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    * My Instagram Feed – Follow me and I’ll follow back* Podcast Facebook Page







    Birches – from the project “The Whisper of the Pale Trees” – 2020/2021 – photograph by Jeff Curto

    • 10 min
    Camera Postion 210 : The Calming Camera

    Camera Postion 210 : The Calming Camera

    I can’t think of a time in my life that has been more disconcerting than this last year. The pandemic and the disruption to our daily routine. We don’t work the same, we don’t socialize in the same way, we don’t go out or see friends or family. We are certainly in strange and uncertain times, a situation that brings anxiety to many.







    I’ve discovered that for me the disquiet of our time is calmed by the camera. I’ve learned that spending some time exploring some part of the world through the lens takes me away from the chaos and uncertainty and brings me back to center. It doesn’t matter if I just take a walk around the kitchen in the warm morning light or grab the camera and spend a few minutes just outside the front door seeing what the siding looks like in the rain, if I take some photographs, it helps push disquiet away.







    Moving my cognition over to the right side of my brain – the creative side – lifts the weight of the world from me. How about you? Do you find that raising the camera to your eye is a component of helping you create balance in your life? Let me know what your routine is below or on the podcast Facebook page.







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    * My Instagram Feed – Follow me and I’ll follow back* Podcast Facebook Page







    Late Autumn Forest, Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan – Photograph by Jeff Curto

    • 6 min
    Camera Position 209 : Your Own BackYard

    Camera Position 209 : Your Own BackYard

    During this pandemic time, we have been forced to trade in the allure of travel for the allure of the backyard. As I return to the podcast after a long absence, I explore the idea that you don’t need to go somewhere special to make special photographs. Instead, you need to go deeper wherever you are.

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    Still Life, Cortona, Tuscany – Photograph by Jeff Curto

    • 6 min
    Camera position 208 : Bringing Ourselves to the Photograph

    Camera position 208 : Bringing Ourselves to the Photograph

    By slowing down as we look at photographs – ours or someone else’s – we can more easily bring ourselves to the photograph, and by doing that, learn more about the medium and ourselves.

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    * My Instagram Feed – Follow me and I’ll follow back

    * Sign up for the Workshops Mailing List – Planning is underway for the 2020 Italy Photography Workshops



    A couple of images from my winter in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
196 Ratings

196 Ratings

Christen Humphries ,

Digging Deeper

I just found this podcast and am learning the depth of what makes images become art. I can’t get enough and highly recommend this podcast for any creative, not just photographers.

AnitaBower ,

About Images, Not Gear

This podcast is a treat because it focuses on taking photos, not on gear.
I am enjoying listening to current and back podcasts.

JimMcKinney ,

Disappointed

Although I enjoyed the podcasts, with the last being in April, 2019, I’m disappointed at the failure to close-off the series by announcing its conclusion.

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