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“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” Courtesy of the National Archives.
I wasn't particularly going to do a fortnightly 'This week in Photography History' when I wrote this article, but I had to mention what did happen, this week, in Photography History. Joe Rosenthal captured the iconic image of the American Flag being risen on Iwo Jima. What has been forgotten, mostly, is that the flag was actually raised twice. The second time it was captured on camera, and so it is the belief that this was the iconic moment from that second on. The first flag was actually photographed, but was too small! The flag was lifted and photographed just four days in to the battle at Iwo Jima. Rosenthal won the Pulitzer Prize that year (1945).
I think it's really important to look at History whilst we are all the time moving forward into the future. In particular, where Photography is concerned. It is so easy to bury ourselves in the simple, the 'easy' to achieve and to use shortcuts in the form of manipulation to achieve what we consider greatness. Don't get me wrong, those things are great. But sometimes, it's humbling and inspiring to look back at the rawness of Photography History, and the things that once were captured, with so little. If you're intrigued by the story of the six who raised it, consider checking out the film - Flags of our Fathers.
Since the last newsletter, for the majority of our time on dA, a bunch of the Photography CVs and I have been working on bits and pieces behind the scenes. Hopefully now you'll see that when you submit a Photography deviation, the examples beside the description of each gallery are pretty spot on! We're looking towards the future months now. Whether we can bring you an officially awesome Photography contest to perhaps get you through the Summer - whether you see there's a use for a General Photography group here on deviantART..that sort of thing. We'd appreciate your thoughts greatly on that matter! Do we need a group base for General Photography? What sort of Contest would you like to see happening? Equally, we're keen for your thoughts and ideas on anything across the General Photography galleries. Feel free to ask/share!
The past few weeks, lots of different articles have been published for you. The most recent is General Photography CVs - what do we actually DO?
It's part of the #projecteducate
week going on for Daily Deviations right now, and hopefully highlights to you what we do and don't accept from the galleries for Daily Deviation Suggestions. ^3wyl
has published To be seen .26
since the last article - as well as All Snapped Up
an interview with a fantastic Photographer here on dA. Our General Photography newsletter for the past two months was also published and can be read here.
Do you remember reading Which Camera Phone?
well inspired by that, `RockstarVanity
has put together an article exploring shots taken with camera phones. To prove it can be done to high standard! Check that out here.
Finally, check out the daily deviation roundup from ^3wyl here
and the one from me here!
Contests and Projects Collage of Happy
a Project from =Bonelos Abstract-and-Surreal Monthly Contest
from #Abstract-and-Surreal Still Life Monthly Contest
from #Still-Life-Stills People and Portraits Challenge
from ~PeopleAndPortraits Monthly Letter Writing Contest
News and Events from Chats
Our next Photography Games night is looming! Be sure to be there! Check out the Calendar
for a bit more information on time zones and where the event will be held. Lots of prizes to be won!
has some very unusual works in their gallery, abstract in nature. *scheinbar
bought them to my attention this week, and it's worth heading over and checking them out yourself!
Last time, #DeviantKitchen
was featured - this week we're bringing #vegan-divine
to you! A food photography group for all Vegan-related artwork! So if you're keen to browse or share that kind of work, head over now.
As mentioned above, it's Daily Deviations week over at #projecteducate
- a week designed to help bust some of those myths and misconceptions surrounding Daily Deviations. Here's an overview of what has been written so far... Daily Deviation Suggestion Groups Self Suggesting Daily Deviations Why is THIS a DD? Complaints about Quality Declines Are DDs about the Art or the Artist? General Photography CVs - what do we actually DO?
Flash and Animation has come to an end now and it has been an epic month with lots of fantastic articles shared giving insight and depth into the history of the genre. Customisation month is coming up for March, if think you can write something then head over to the group and let them know! In the meantime, check out what's recently gone on... Hanna Barbera Studio Ghibli A Glimpse into Fauvism Art Interview with Steffne Flipbooks Ray Harryhausen
Abstract and Surreal
In the last two weeks, ^arctoa
has published his January & February Community Relations Newsletter
and a Daily Deviation Report
for February. Additionally, the March edition of his Abstract & Surreal Thumbshare is now live and is open for participation in two formats: the Regular Edition
for everyone, and the Subscriber Edition
for premium members.
His weekly feature journals continue at pace, with both the Friday Feature and Saturday Spotlight publications sporting several new editions. Friday Feature issues #12 and #13 can be read here
, while the spotlights showcase two more talented abstract and surreal artists: Volume 012
, and Volume 013
Around the groups, #Abstract-and-Surreal
's February contest is now closed, but cast your vote for the winners here
. Similarly, #non-real
is holding a poll to determine who their next featured artist will be: you can take part by clicking here
. Elsewhere, #devPREMIUM
has two new Abstract & Surreal features now live: Spotlight #09
and Spotlight #10
. Finally, #WhoNeedsColour
released their latest Monthly Spotlight
has rounded up the Darkroom Daily Deviations for February.
Check them out and send some fresh suggestions her way for this month!
has put together another Fashion Friday #39
. Check it out for some great fashion inspiration and works!
Another wonderful Macro Photographer was brought to my attention this week - and recently given a DD from ^3wyl
. Check out ~MissFlykt
and her fantastic gallery!
People and Portraits
A fantastic Portrait Photographer was brought to my attention this week by `anmari
- whilst Architecture was what caught Anmari's eye, the people and portrait works are equally stunning. Check out ~existencia5
and her wonderful gallery.
has put together another Oh, boy #4
feature - featuring men! Check it out if you like men!
Over at ~PeopleAndPortraits
the monthly challenge for March has just launched including a feature of last months challengees. Check it out and get creative to the theme of Spring!
Nom Nom has recently featured Eggs - so if you're a fan head over and check out the article here!
Head to #Still-Life-Stills
front page for the winner of the monthly challenge - and the announcement of the next challenge! Plus the delicious recipe challenge is back once more and there to make you get creative!
This week, something a little more complicated is being shared! A tutorial for 'stacking' Macro photography.. Check it out here.
It will assist with creating shots like below...
deviantART vs. 500px vs. Flickr Photographers That Find Inspiration From Poetry & Literature Sold any Prints? On a photo shoot what are some techniques to help make the client feel comfortable and relaxed? Good cameras? Florabella Actions? Stock sites and exclusivity. Editing process and actions Interested in purchasing a DSLR but not sure what one. Canon Rebel T2i or Nikon D3100? Getting Taken Seriously as A Fauxtographer. How can I get the best possible out of my Camera? Photographers Photography Puns and Funnies +Stories and more Any advice for a newbie, please? Need Advice on Upgrading Camera Noise Problem Longer Exposure?
News and Events from the Forums
Photography Books This Week
Since the article this week began with Photo-journalism in History, I started browsing some books that exhibited Photo-journalists of the past. There are a great selection out there, but I think this one is the best... The world's top Photographers the stories behind their images.
By Andy Steel. I love finding out the History behind photography, especially when it turns out not to be quite what you think!
The Community Volunteer Team
General Photography: ^Kaz-D
Abstract and Surreal: ^arctoa
Animals, Plants and Nature: `IsacGoulart
Artistic Nude and Fetish: ^Nyx-Valentine
Horror, Macabre and Cosplay: ^pullingcandy
Pinup and Glamour: ^DistortedSmile
Groups to Check Out!
You can get yourself into Photography Fortnightly just by sending me a note! Each week I look for:
Photography related news
Themes & Topics
Got a fresh idea? Let me know!