Photo(s) of the Day 9_28_08

Diabetes_Fences. From my Songs for Eating and Drinking project.

I mentioned in a recent post that I’d soon be occasionally including personal work shots here in a photoblog style. Well, here we go. I’ll supply some photographs and you can supply some words or questions in the comments below if you like. I’m excited to be sharing these little personal gems amidst the normal blog stuff. Two more images related to this one after the jump…

Hassie 503cm. Ilford 3200. This is actually the first shot in the series. Snagged it as he was pulling on his shirt, showing some of us.

The is just after. Ghoulish smoke break. I think the architecture in the background is stunning as well.

36 Responses to Photo(s) of the Day 9_28_08

  1. Cody H. September 29, 2008 at 12:35 am #

    It’s amazing how these images perfectly captured that beautiful slice in time. Bravo Chase

  2. Bill Lee September 29, 2008 at 12:54 am #

    I would love to see you create an RSS photo feed your portfolio and whatever other images you want. The Windows screensaver from Google’s Picasa will display images from such feeds.

    I recently discovered your podcast and web site. Thanks for providing so many resources to us aspiring and photographers and wanna-bes; it has reinvigorated my interest in commercial photography. I hope that I can participate in your next underground photo shoot.


  3. Gamaliel September 29, 2008 at 7:21 am #

    The second one is my favorite it looks like a cd cover an beautifull art honestly, extremely commercial.

  4. Emile September 29, 2008 at 7:42 am #

    i am more and more starting to have a strong dislike for photos that have this blurry ‘dude-look-at-that-bokeh’ background. Too often boys with too expensive glass are using which has totally killed this style for me even when outstanding photographers like yourself are using it (even if its out of necessity). The third image showing that defined architecture is so much more interesting then those awful discs of light. Personally I would have pushed the aperture as much as the ISO range would allow.

  5. kirksample September 29, 2008 at 8:12 am #

    These are fantastic, but I prefer the first one, by far. It is almost iconic. It makes me think and wonder. I feel with this image and the person in it. I want to talk to him and some how comfort him, although he may not need any comforting at all. It looks as though he is pleading with, or cursing, God for is Diabetes. It is angelic. Great job!

    I am glad that there is so little depth of field. I only want to focus on him and not the background. It becomes so much more intimate.

  6. Bill September 29, 2008 at 8:56 am #

    Chase, this is a great shot. I have diabetes and you wouldn’t believe how common these tattoos are. In addition to the artistic expression they can be a (literal) lifesaver to notify EMTs in a case of emergency. I have my way… others have their ways.

  7. Stuicide September 29, 2008 at 9:09 am #

    Love it. Can’t wait to see more of this side of your photography.

    Actually, anything to get another update on the blog is good stuff.

  8. Fotografo September 29, 2008 at 9:35 am #

    You are really a good photographer.
    A lot of emotion in your picture.

  9. csanadim September 29, 2008 at 10:53 am #

    Whu…cool work! I really like that!

  10. Pat September 29, 2008 at 11:41 am #

    The first and third do it for me.

  11. Anonymous September 29, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    Gorgeous. I actually prefer the black and white shot to the one that you lead with…

  12. September 29, 2008 at 12:44 pm #

    love the first portrait, but would like to hear a bit more reasoning for why you liked these images, I’m not so hot on the other too. Maybe it’s because I relate your work to the first image but the other two are just too different (I understand you are trying something new or something we are not used to seeing from you)….. not terrible, but not strong work….

  13. Adam September 29, 2008 at 5:43 pm #

    I like the first one best. If you were in my high school class I would say, “Nice rule of thirds and selective focus, but the emotion and pose make it stand out. Really great rich color as well.”
    The others have a really cool vibe, but I almost always like to see something in focus.
    Consider these comments with a grain of salt, you are the master…

  14. Jonathan September 29, 2008 at 6:07 pm #

    Maybe it’s just going over my head. But I don’t get what is so great about them.

    I really like the first one but thats about it.

    Maybe I don’t “feel” the images as much as I look at image quality anymore. sad.. the internet did this to me!

  15. Michael KingTeeVee September 30, 2008 at 10:54 am #

    Wonder if the other two dudes have tats that say, “Lung Cancer?”

  16. The Tour Guide September 30, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    Cool, I will be looking forward to seeing more.

  17. Jason Drumm October 1, 2008 at 3:47 am #

    Thanks Chase, nice work.
    What did you use to light the first shot?

  18. Chris October 1, 2008 at 5:04 am #

    That first shot is fantastic – beautiful light, beautiful depth of field – very appropriate understated color. Congrats!

  19. Andy T October 1, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

    The first one is my favourite Chase,love the way he shows tatt but won’t look at the camera.

  20. October 1, 2008 at 7:51 pm #

    I’m down with Emile. It’s high fructose corn syrup. But I like high fructose corn syrup and I bought some f1.2 glass this summer. This blog post (and comments) has inspired me to write a post soon called “My bokeh is bigger than yours.”
    he he.

  21. Chase Jarvis October 1, 2008 at 8:05 pm #

    Heads up on the bokeh stuff. I can’t recall exactly, but I think was shooting the D3 at iso 3200 at about 1.8 with a shutter of about 1/30. Reason? Not bokeh. I was shooting it as such because of physics. It was quite dark.

    [And the b/w was grabbed at 2.8, maybe an 1/8, with an old hassie 503, delta 3200. Again, it was quite dark. For those asking about light, there was some low ambient and what appears here as frontlight is really just some HMI’s bleeding onto these guys as a part of the SFEAD dinner].

  22. Jason Drumm October 1, 2008 at 8:23 pm #

    cool. thanks chase

  23. Adam October 2, 2008 at 10:00 am #

    I had my high school photography classes compare and contrast your three images, and tell me which one they like the best/least and why. Here are a couple of the responses I got, I can send you the set over email if you are interested in more critiques from teenagers! We are from White River High School in Buckley, WA.

    Girl, 1st period
    My favorite picture is the third one. I really like the architecture in the background. Another thing that I like is the smoke sort of obscuring the man on the far lefts face. The third thing that I like is the facial expressions on all of the guys and how they are not all facing the camera and smiling, this was a truly once in a life time shot because you could never get the smoke or the expresions the same again.
    My least favorite is the middle picture. I’m not really a big fan of this one because of the focus. I personally think that this should have been taken on a faster shutter speed so that more would be in focus. If he didn’t want to make everyone in focus he could have done it so that the main subject was at least in focus. Those are the reasons that I don’t really like the third picture.

    boy, 1st period
    I’m really kind of on the fence about all of this, Jarve. No question, you are a great photographer, and your imagination and eye for detail seem unmatched in this project. That said, I just can’t seem to feel it, I know what it is you’re trying to convey, the emotions you’re pushing through. But I just don’t see it. Maybe that’s the problem, you’re being too heavy-handed, you tried to do too many things. This is definitely art, I know it is, but it isn’t art I would buy. (And that’s probably why I’m not an art expert)

    Girl, 3rd Period
    I really like this picture because it makes me wonder what he was thinking at the time. And also the great color contrast and the selective focus in this photo. I really like how he is the one in focus and the expression on his face.
    In the second picture it is kinda blurry such as maybe this picture was taken when all of these guys were moving at a fast pace. Or if they were in a fight or about to be in a fight. It just really makes me think what was going on in his head and also what was going on around him.
    I think that this is a good picture but I think it would look even better in black and white. this picture shows good selective focus. I like how it is focused on the three friends smoking and just chilling. But it also looks like the one guy was talking so that makes the picture more realistic instead of posing.

    Boy, 4th period
    Chase Jarvis’ first picture is a little different, but creative. I think it’s creative because it has originality and it’s own style. It’s also a little strange, I think, because this picture poses a lot of questions, such as, “Why does this man have that particular tatoo on his chest, and why is he looking up?” Like I said previously, This photo is quite creative but lacks certain explanations.
    Chase Jarvis’ second picture is original as well. Although I can’t say I like it as much. It lacks much of the same obvious self explanation, and on top of that it has much worse exposure, lighting, and focus, I can’t make out what’s behind the tatooed man, and for cryin’ I can’t even make out the tatoo. It seems to me on this picture the photographer either couldn’t make up his mind or took the picture in a rush. Even though the theme is a nice one the picture is not in focus which will really throw some people against liking the picture at all.
    Chase Jarvis’ third picture is better than his second but still needs help. He says in the commentary that he likes the architecture in the background, what architecture? I can’t see it because it’s all blurred out! Again it seems as if he can’t make up his mind, if he’s going to be in between subjects then use a wide depth of focus. What I can see of the picture though is interesting. I like how Chase cought the man on the left as he was puffing out a cloud of smoke. I like also how the central man appears to have no cigarette and is looking kind of wantingly at the man’s cigarette to his right, and how the viewers get a vivid display of the tatoos on the couple of men.

    Apologies for such a long post, but enjoy!
    Mr. Leahy

  24. Danie Nel October 3, 2008 at 4:32 am #

    It’s easy to sit and analyze this that and the other – it strikes me like you wanted to take a pic and the mechanics just sort of happened. Too often amateurs are commenting about d.o.p. and this and that and all sorts of technical hoo-ha. I’m trained and all that with lots of experience… – to me it seems like you too a pic of something you saw and you liked.

    I can relate to that. First image rules.

  25. Lori Carey October 3, 2008 at 8:30 am #

    I love that you are sharing these images with us. That first photo is very powerful!

    Looking forward to seeing more.

  26. Just A Curator October 3, 2008 at 9:36 am #

    I’m a curator/gallery director and have been following Chase’s photographic work for some. Included in my followings have been reading this and other posts about his process, his portfolio, and his myriad of other projects. Since I discuss art professionally, and have watched hundreds of photographers, painters, and 3D artists go through the artistic process that he’s detailing in his blog, I feel comfortable commenting here (albeit anonymously).

    It’s clear that Chase has amassed a large following here, in professional trades, and in other culturally charged circles. As his audience grows, so does the number of people familiarizing themselves with his work – from curators like me who are watching his path, to beginning photographers looking for feedback on some new piece of gear. In reading some of the rhetoric on these threads I get the sense that a lot of those who are commenting come from this broad sample, a range of backgrounds and a plethora of artistic abilities. There are “strobists” reading this, people from his commercial endeavors, gear heads, and fine artists as well. That’s a good thing for both Chase and this audience. We all benefit from this.

    I can’t comment at all about nifty equipment or coolness, but from a perspective of understanding and discussing art and culture – things look different to me. First, we should agree that Chase is an accomplished, technical master of the visual arts, that which through most of you know him. In this regard, he’s extremely savvy with natural or artificial lighting, exposure, composition, and the rest of those crucial details. Almost no one would debate this. He’s in the very upper echelon.

    In his choice of subject matter, he’s amidst tremendous growth spurt. For those of you who long for a certain “kind” of picture from him, I’d like to suggest that you stop doing so. He’s on a tremendous adventure and we should encourage that adventure.

    It’s of no surprise that it’s in the subject matter of his creative explorations that Chase seems to win many of your approvals or, conversely, lose them. And, frankly, this is important and to be expected. If here were not gaining and losing admirers of his work, he would not be growing and changing. How could he possibly appeal to everyone when what we’re really watching unfold is a creative mind exploring the world? Those commenting on his creative process posts or bits about his editing choices are drawn from this wide pool, so it should be of no surprise to hear from people with a wide range of tastes and opinions. I suspect, and it appears to many people that I know, that Chase likes and cultivates this. (Which, I cannot tell you how rare and pleasant this is, by the way. I know of very few artists that are, in any part, characterized by this).

    Regardless, we should, for this discussion, relish in discussing his images and projects, and avoid the pitfall of discussing Chase’s “success”, because that is largely subjective and an measured by any number of factors. Overall, we should make no beans about it, Chase (I’m sure you’re reading this too) has raw talent and a wonderful passion for his work. He will continue to grow and evolve, at one minute posting editorially striking photographs like we see here of this young lad with diabetes, and in the next moment a meticulously polished image from a commercial endeavor, or a personal project. In older, more traditional models, the art “establishment” (whatever that is) might encourage Chase to focus his attentions. Today, however, there exists a new era of the creative individual, one that allows for an incredible breadth of creative pursuits and explorations never previously available. From pencils and markers to building social communities. Chase epitomizes this new era and we should both encourage and celebrate it. Don’t resist commenting for or against his images or videos when he posts them, but be sure to keep an attentive eye on the boundless journey that Chase is pouring out before us. We all have much to learn.

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  28. Chase Jarvis October 5, 2008 at 11:16 am #

    @ Just a Curator: If you’re willing, please contact me offline. Would love to chat.

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    Hey Chase,

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    I love your first image especially. I think the crispness really allows the viewer to connect with the subject emotionally.


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