One of my new year resolutions this year was to start printing my photos and I’ve done it as described here.
But somewhere in the back of my mind, there was an ambition to make a photo book. And today, after long hours (and days) of selecting, reviewing and putting everything together…
Some time ago I contacted a guy who runs Emulsive.org website asking how I could contribute to the community. All I could think about was to translate an article or write some kind of film review or my impressions of film photography or something like that. Hardly had I expected what will come…
This was meant to be a post with a story behind the photo, but it suddenly turned out to be a post with a story about the photo.
I found it in the deepest corner of my instagram and decided to share here. This trivial task failed when I realized that I don’t have a copy of the photo on my phone, and instagram doesn’t allow sharing with other websites. I looked for it further and found the post-processed copy in my vsco online profile, but not in the app. Sharing from the profile is also impossible, so the only way out was to take the original and edit it once again.
After half an hour of scrolling down my Google photos backup back to December 2013 I’ve managed to find it and thus finally bring it here.
The lesson for everyone here is: keep copies of you favourite mobile photos on you phones or backed up, so you don’t have to go through the editing process again.
As for the picture itself, I particularly like the man sitting next to the girls wondering what they are watching.
I’ve been looking through my photos choosing candidates to be published in a portfolio and found this one.
This photograph comes from those times when I didn’t have a camera of my own and borrowed my mother-in-law’s Pentax. It’s also far from what I came to shoot later, but nevertheless I love this picture for its colours and sunlight, and summer spirit.
Until now I posted my photos only to social networks, blogs and communities, but there was no specific site where I could refer people to when they asked me what kind of photos I take.
Now there is such a place. Please welcome my brand new portfolio at ivanpilov.format.com
It’s still work in progress, I continue to upload photos and reorganize them, but you can check it out anyway.
Creating a portfolio is a big step for me as I’ve never thought of creating a showcase website before, probably, because I’ve never thought of myself as a photographer in a professional way. You know, cool photographers all have portfolios, they even sell their works there, get contracts etc. I’m just a hobbyist, so why bother? But a good friend of mine persuaded me to create it, and here it is.
The way to do it was also an important issue. Which platform to chose, how much it will cost, should I try create a standalone website myself or choose a ready-to-go solution. I’ve looked at several portfolio platforms and finally found format.
There are two main features I particularly like about it:
a simple design (with lots of customization setting under the hood)
a blogging part. (That’s honestly what I wanted to make here: one part – for looking at pictures while another is for posting stuff.)
Currently I’m on a 14-days trial and I can still change my mind, but so far everything is wonderful and I really hope I won’t need to.
This photo is special to me, though it’s far from perfect. Almost two years ago, when I only started taking pictures, I was very impressed by the works of some true street photographers, like Matt Stuart or David Gibson to name a few. All those cunning, funny or miraculously lucky moments captured by the photographers inspired me to take my camera and go outside.
One thing I got from the photos and their authors’ comments was that you should take a picture of everything you think might be interesting. Another thing was that it’s ok to take “ordinary pictures” and not care about composition or the angle sometimes. If it’s a great moment to shoot, shoot. A moment of hesitance and it’s gone.