Caribbean Carnival is coming…

 (Kathryn Wagner)
Carnival is coming! An annual event held on the island of St. John happily coincides with the Fourth of July. The photo above was taken just before the Carnival parade last year. Scores of St. Johnians march in colorful costumes down the main street of Cruz Bay, and there is celebration all week. Coming from Virginia, Carnival to me is the closest thing to the annual Albemarle County Fair, complete with special foods, music and celebration.

A gallery of St. John Caribbean Carnival photographs can be found on my website.

Image of the week, June 21 2010: Santa Monica Pier

I photographed the Santa Monica Pier a few years ago while in Los Angeles. I was fascinated that this historic landmark was such a great representation of the city’s cross section of culture. It seemed that most everyone from Santa Monica went to the Pier, whether it was for a stroll, some thrills from the kitschy amusement park, or to catch dinner by fishing off of the pier. It was a great spot to photograph during the day, and I would definately reccommend shooting there in the late afternoon, when the west coast sun hangs low with those who are hanging out on the Pier.

Image of the week, June 14, 2010: Laughing Gull

 (Kathryn Wagner)
The laughing gulls are back in the islands. They observe a seasonal migratory schedule, though opposite from many humans here in the Virgin Islands. You know it is summer (or soon to be) when a flock of these bold seabirds approaches your boat in search of a treat. This avian creature followed us on our way to the British Virgin Islands, flying off the wake of the boat to scavenge for food. A word to the wise is to not feed these birds, lest you make a closer friend than you intended!

Image of the week, June 7 2010: Fly me to the Moon…

 (Kathryn Wagner)

Simply put, I love photographing from airplanes. Helicopters are even better, but there is something so timeless to me about gliding over the earth in an airplane, camera in hand. I also love landing while shooting from airplanes, as you watch the earth emerge and approach it with all of the grace a pilot has to offer. This shot was taken this past week, at cruising altitude, during a beautifully clear day when the moon afforded a distinct appearance. So much fun, I love when a shot comes together like this.
Interested in doing the same? A wonderful resource on photographing from airplanes, and how it relates to the practice of creative thinking can be found in Julianne Kost’s lovely book:Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking
A great book to keep the ideas flowing.
Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking

RESOURCEFUL RESOURCES: Heather Morton Art Buyer

So this is part of a consolidated list of my resourceful resources. Colleagues, as well as myself are always hungry for more information and I love to exchange with others where I go to learn more.  I feel that one of the best things about being a photographer is that there is always more to learn. This series of posts will be my personal, curated resource of resourcefulness, services and information which have helped my creative business, and will hopefully help yours as well.

I first became aware of Heather Morton through a link on A Photo Editor. I was very interested in Ms. Morton’s perspective as an art buyer and she has proved to provide insightful and sound insight into the creative industry.

My favorite posts have definitely been following two promising young shooters, Jamie Hogge and Grant Harder on their pursuit of a full time photographic career. The series is titled A Year in the Life Project, and I have really enjoyed relating to both image makers on the challenges of the industry.

The second reason I highly recommend subscribing to HMAB’s RSS feed (or adding to your google page) is the new Ask an Art Buyer series. Heather and her team have compiled a list of poignant questions regarding the nuances of the creative world and are asking guest art buyers to answer them. From branching out in photographic genres to dealing with trashed portfolios these conversations are well worth reading.

Overall, I highly recommend professional creatives check out Heather Morton’s blog and the lively conversation facilitated on http://www.heathermorton.ca/blog