Thursday, August 27, 2009

.within the frame.

Hello everyone! For those of your who are wondering about when I will put my own photos up here, be patient! I will be leaving for Michigan tomorrow morning for 4 days. Honestly, I'm not sure what to expect when I get up there, but be rest assured, I will do my best to get some images to share with you! This may not be the cross country road trip that I had hoped for, but it's still a road trip right?!

Before I go, I wanted to share yet another book with you that has grasped my attention. As those of you who have known me for any bit of time, you will know that here lately, I have been struggling with my creative self. The photographer within has been bogged down with doubt, destructive self-criticism, and paralyzing fear. With the world of photography changing faster than it seems we can keep up, I feel like I've been overwhelmed, swept up by a torrent of pixels, textures, layers, and levels. Maybe it's just me, but sometimes I feel as if the importance of making the photograph at the moment it is captured has diminished some, replaced instead with how well we do in the post-production process. Don't get me wrong. I am not a purist. But sometimes, I wish I was, maybe then, I wouldn't feel so torn. Perhaps, I'm just thinking too much.

When I saw the title, Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision, my hope was that this was not going to be another technical "how-to" book. So, I was delighted to find that David duChemin set out to make sure his book would not fall into that category. Instead, his aim has been to help photographers best portray their "vision" to the world by focusing on the "why" we photograph as opposed to the "what". As an assigned photographer for the humanitarian organization, World Vision, duChemin's role has taken him across the globe, capturing inspiring images of the people and places he encounters. His very humble yet witty personality give his book a very down-to-earth feel, making the connection between writer and reader a pleasant one. Within the Frame is an encouraging and resourceful book for any photographer, amateur or professional, seeking ways to better tell their stories through photographs.

To see more images of his work, be sure to visit his website and blog. Also, he is offering his new eBook, 10, at a discounted price of $5 on


  1. I'm so interested in this - I loved my course "the art of seeing"

  2. kat i know what you mean with the photgraphy and all the choices of post processing, can be a tad overwhelming almost scientific as opposed to artistic ...


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