14 episodes

Thoughts, ideas, and commentary on the art of photography by Nashville-based professional fine art photographer Keith Dotson.

In addition to photography, this podcast may include discussions of the outdoors, history, travel, and environmental issues -- all related to the creation of photographs.

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Thoughts, ideas, and commentary on the art of photography by Nashville-based professional fine art photographer Keith Dotson.

In addition to photography, this podcast may include discussions of the outdoors, history, travel, and environmental issues -- all related to the creation of photographs.

    Anna Atkins: England's Blue Lady of Photography

    Anna Atkins: England's Blue Lady of Photography

    In this episode, a brief biography of Anna Atkins, the first female photographer and the first person to create a photography-based book. She learned photography from some of its inventors and went on to become a master of the cyanotype print.

    New York Public Library copy of "British Algae" by Anna Atkins:
    https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/collections/photographs-of-british-algae-cyanotype-impressions#/?tab=about&scroll=6

    The 19th-Century Botanist Who Changed the Course of Photography, by Alina Cohen on Artsy:
    https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-19th-century-botanist-changed-course-photography

    New York Public Library:
    http://seeing.nypl.org/235bt.html

    Other Sources:
    https://www.oxfordartonline.com/groveart/abstract/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.001.0001/oao-9781884446054-e-7000004852
    https://web.archive.org/web/20051222071833/http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/atkins_anna.shtml
    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jun/23/blooming-marvellous-the-worlds-first-female-photographer-and-her-botanical-beauties#maincontent
    http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/artists/1507/anna-atkins-british-1799-1871/

    My main website:
    https://keithdotson.com/

    See some of my cyanotype prints here:
    https://icatchshadows.com/sunny-days-are-perfect-for-making-cyanotypes/

    • 8 min
    The Aesthetic Appeal of Camera Shutter Sounds

    The Aesthetic Appeal of Camera Shutter Sounds

    Have you ever given any thought to the sound of the shutter? I don't mean the loudness of the shutter, like during weddings or events . . . I mean the actual quality of the shutter sound. Is it important to you how the shutter sounds? I've realized since I started shooting with Sony cameras that I don't enjoy the sound of Sony shutters. This is admittedly a minor quibble -- Sony makes amazing cameras and the image quality and reliability are obviously the primary concerns -- but you hear the sound of the shutter hundreds or thousands of times per session. I've recognized that for me, the sound of the shutter is an important part of the aesthetic experience of photography. In this episode we compare the sounds of modern digital camera shutters to old vintage film cameras from the 1950s to the 1980s.

    • 9 min
    Note to Self: Don't Perfect the Soul Out of Your Photographs

    Note to Self: Don't Perfect the Soul Out of Your Photographs

    In episode 12 of the fine art photography podcast, a reminder to myself that a technically perfect photograph is not always the most artistically moving photograph. Sometimes technical perfection creates a static, clinical photograph. My goal as an artist is to create an emotional connection with my viewers, and this is a lesson I have to relearn every few years.

    • 4 min
    The Extraordinary (but Sad) Life of Carleton Watkins, the First Great Photographer of Yosemite

    The Extraordinary (but Sad) Life of Carleton Watkins, the First Great Photographer of Yosemite

    In this episode of the fine art photography podcast, we talk about Carleton Watkins, accidental photographer made some the first great photographs of Yosemite. His work let to protections for Yosemite and indirectly helped the establishment of the National Parks System. But even though he experienced huge success, his story didn't have a happy ending.

    #Photography #history #carletonwatkins

    • 7 min
    How I Got My Photographs into Movies and TV Shows Like Grey's Anatomy

    How I Got My Photographs into Movies and TV Shows Like Grey's Anatomy

    In this episode, I explain how I got my black and white photographs into popular TV shows, like Grey's Anatomy, as well as movies, and TV commercials.

    • 9 min
    The True Story Behind William Eggleston's Shocking Blood Red Photograph

    The True Story Behind William Eggleston's Shocking Blood Red Photograph

    The shocking true story behind the red ceiling photograph, "Untitled, Greenwood, Mississippi, 1973" by William Eggleston.

    • 6 min

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