The Visual Storyteller Podcast Episode One – Welcome

Olympus Pen-F for documentary photography Cliff Etzel

So here I go dipping my toe into the waters of podcasting.

The premise?  A podcast dedicated to documenting the human experience of local communities and families from a visual storytelling perspective.

I’m a visual storyteller, but the ability to impart information in other mediums has a place for visual content creators like myself.  So why not bring awareness to a return to authentic, REAL visual storytelling – documentary photography, reportage… whatever you want to call it.

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Community Visual Journalism is needed now more than ever

“…you don’t have to travel across the globe to experience new things. Your own backyard is the farthest place away to someone else on the other side of the world.” ~Joey L – Photographer

I’m reiterating this again…

Yes, it’s been awhile since I posted last – As David Hobby has said:

I don’t want to be a full time blogger who also does photography…

But over a year since the last posting?

Yeah, I know…

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Documenting Your Own Back Yard

“…you don’t have to travel across the globe to experience new things. Your own backyard is the farthest place away to someone else on the other side of the world.” ~Joey L – Photographer

Photo by Joey L

As a self trained photojournalist and editorial photographer, I’ve been privy to many of my colleagues lamenting/believing that if they could just photograph/document someplace else, they would have a better understanding of the world and a better portfolio…

I don’t fully agree with that belief.

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Community Visual Journalism Site (Re)Launched

I initially started LaneCounty360 as a sideline project but it has languished off and on since it’s launch back in 2011.  I recently realized that the site is more than just a project for me.  It provides a purpose for creating unique images of people, places and things that are a part of the community.  So I feel it’s time to relaunch and I will do my best in posting to this online visual journal about all things Lane County, Oregon on a regular basis.

Her’s the original announcement from four years ago:

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The NatGeo Layoffs – Turning Lemons into Lemonade

National Geographic Magazine
Creative Commons. Some Rights Reserved. Photo by pacomexico

 

It was announced today that the buyout of National Geographic by 21st Century Fox earlier this year has resulted in almost 200 staffers being let go.

The very idea of what photojournalist and colleague Patrick Downs stated as “They’re (21st Century Fox) gonna mess up the jewel in the NGS crown” is a severe understatement.

And yet, the very technology that resulted in the demise of the publication as it was known in the past can very well become an asset. Continue reading “The NatGeo Layoffs – Turning Lemons into Lemonade”

Audio Slideshows: Part Two

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I respect and admire the work of Benjamin Chesterson, Co-Founder of duckrabbit and he’s someone I turn to for virtual mentorship on occasion.

I posted previously about my revisiting the use of audio slideshows and came across this five year old posting from the duckrabbit blog entitled “In Praise Of The Audio Slideshow” and I reached out to Benjamin via twitter about whether the medium is just as valid today as it was five years ago.  He said in a nutshell of course it was – if done properly to reflect the story/subject matter. Continue reading “Audio Slideshows: Part Two”

The Dump Truck Mentality Of Photography

“In a world where one billion photos are taken each day, we suffer from photographic overload, a collective visual fatigue even among a vibrant array of venues and greater opportunities for sharing photos. The big challenge is to show people something they haven’t seen before, a new approach to an old issue or idea that won’t go away…”

~Maggie Steber – Photojournalist

Audio Slideshows: The Story is Everything

Once again, I’m thinking outside the box – and asking why I should be doing what everyone else is doing for digital storytelling – ie; shooting nothing but video?

There’s good video and bad video – and most of what I see today is along the lines of a comment I heard Photojournalist David Burnett say in an interview talking about photographic images being produced today Continue reading “Audio Slideshows: The Story is Everything”