I met Jennifer Graylock while photographing Fall 2003
Fashion Week and was impressed by her dynamic personality
and photographic skills. So I wasn't surprised to
see that her website reflected her vivacious persona and
© 2003, Jennifer Graylock, All Rights Reserved
"Fashion is something
that goes in one year...and out the other."--Overheard
at Fall 2003 Fashion Week
So what's a henway? The
Dumb & Dumber answer is "about 2 and 1/2 lbs," although
poultry experts tell me a more accurate figure is 8 lbs. What's
a good website worth? As the commercial says, it's priceless.
The Essence Of Fashion
I first met Jennifer Graylock when photographing runway models during
Fall 2003 Fashion Week in New York City and was impressed by her dynamic
personality and photographic skills. So I wasn't surprised to see
that her website (www.graylock.com)
reflected her vivacious persona and behind-the-camera talent. The homepage
showcases an exceptional runway shot I wish I had made, and clicking on
it takes you to the three main sections of her site: Beauty, Runway, and
Celebrity. Some music accompanies this section; I play it low while browsing
Choosing any of the three sections takes you to another window that loads
a scrolling row of thumbnails at the bottom of the screen and clicking
on any one of them opens a larger image above it. I was blown away by
the essence of fashion that Graylock captures with her runway images and
it just keeps getting better as you click on the next one, and the next
one, and the next. This is runway photography that's as good as
it gets and so much better than the "stock" images that run
Just close that window to go back to the original and check out the other
two sections, Beauty and Celebrity. Most of these beauty shots are captured
on runways, too, and if you don't think that doing creative headshots
of fast-moving models combines the best skills of sports and portrait
photography, give it a try sometime. Celebrity images include all the
usual suspects, including Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, and amazing
images of Nicole Kidman and Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker.
Lucas Cichon recently updated his website with a series
of black and white photographs made in Colorado and New
Mexico, but don't miss his gallery of photographers,
including a portrait of our own Monte Zucker.
© 2003, Lucas Cichon, All Rights Reserved
Photographer Of Photographers
Lucas Cichon divides his time between Wisconsin and Colorado and specializes
in corporate, advertising, and editorial photography. His low-key site
is divided into three main categories, including Studio, The West, and
Photographers. Since a portrait of a pixyish Arnold Newman highlights
this latter gallery I went there first and found a collection of dramatic,
insightful monochrome portraits of many photographers, including Douglas
Kirkland, Robert Farber, and Shutterbug's own Monte Zucker.
All of these portraits show a flare for design and light control that
places the emphasis on the subject, demonstrating consummate skill not
only with the technical aspects of portraiture, but the emotional ones
as well. The section labeled "The West" contains gee-whiz
landscape images as well as historic sites such as Anasazi ruins. Some
of these images are black and white, while others are warm toned, but
all show a sense of "take nothing but photographs" appreciation
for the land.
The Studio section, the largest collection, includes a few commercial
images in color, but it's the monochrome images that steal the show.
There are a few images in this area--just a few--that feature
tasteful male and female nudity; if that bothers you, stay out. Like the
rest of the images on the site there are no captions, although tiny pop-up
windows appear over thumbnails when dragging your mouse. These are only
useful in the Photographers collection. If you want to see powerful portraits
combined with a sense of photographic tradition that places the emphasis
on the subject matter all wrapped up in powerful technical ability, this
is a must-visit site. But before you leave, make sure to take a look at
his wife Kathie's handcolored photographs.
Yes, his homepage text may be in French, but Pierre D'Amours'
website speaks the universal language--photography.
© 2003, Pierre D'Amours, All Rights Reserved
There's No Place
Yes, the homepage is in French, but Pierre D'Amours' website
speaks the universal language--photography. At the bottom of the
French text, you'll find four galleries (in English and French)
and clicking on any of them takes you to a grid of negative thumbnails
that turn positive when your mouse passes over them. Clicking on one of
them opens a separate window with a medium-sized photograph. All of the
images have been made near the photographer's Quebec home near the
Matapedia Valley in a village called Causapscal. Most of them are color,
but there are some interesting photographs in each of the galleries in
monochrome as well.
What the talented Monsieur D'Amours has done exemplifies my idea
that there are great photo ops "in your own backyard." His
timeless portrait of Causapscal includes plant textures, landscape images,
as well as the kind of selective architecture--he focuses on just
the interesting details--that's the stuff great photography
is made of. Finally, he takes you "in the garden" for a series
of extraordinary images of ordinary flowers. You don't need to speak
or read French, so just go and enjoy.
Kevin Monroe shoots film. But then his images are scanned
as high-res 65MB files and lightly, sometimes not so lightly,
manipulated in Photoshop before they populate the three
galleries on his site.
© 2003, Kevin Monroe, All Rights Reserved
Black And White And
Red All Over
Kevin Monroe shoots film. But then it's scanned as high-res 65MB
files then lightly, sometimes not so lightly, manipulated in Photoshop
before inhabiting the three galleries in this site, www.kevinmonroephotography.com.
Despite the old-fashioned design, the images are spectacular, including
the elegant "Isolated Tree" (yes, there are captions that
appear along with geographic info) in the B&W/Infrared Gallery. Images
don't appear in a separate window so you have to click the Back
arrow to return to the gallery. While we wait for Monroe to update his
site, right-click your Windows' mouse to "Open Link in New
Window." There are tons of images in this gallery, and a little--just
a little--editing might help. Nevertheless I reveled in the mixtures
of styles from fashion to editorial to you-name-it.
Over in the Color Gallery all of the little color thumbnails are getting
along famously, but this work does not have the drama--OK, I loved
the Escher-like "Purple People Bridge"--found in the
other collections. All right, "Relaxing with Graffiti" is
great, too. The Digitally Colored Gallery has digitally colored photographs;
the gallery is the same as the other two. Some of these are simply digitally
toned, while others are full of the spontaneity lacking in the color collection.
The Hollister Street image is cool and crazy, while the "Two Girls
Singing, Duotone" combines fashion with fun. Hey, get this, he even
provides information on how he made these images in the captions--way
to go! I loved this site. Monroe, keep making those images that make me
TakeYourCameraToWorkDay.com has had a major facelift thanks
to an incredibly talented California designer named Michael
John Parker. Visit Parker's website to see some
examples of his work and be sure to visit www.takeyourcameratoworkday.com
to see the fabulous design transformation he's performed.
© 2003, Michael John Parker, All Rights Reserved
It's That Time
Of Year Again
Just around the corner (May 21, 2004) is Take Your Camera to Work Day.
An incredibly talented designer named Michael John Parker (www.michaeljohnparker.com)
has updated the website's original funky (to put it charitably)
design to match the new millennium. Visit Parker's site to see examples
of his work and be sure to visit www.takeyourcameratoworkday.com
to see the fabulous transformation he's performed. And don't
forget: If you want to recommend your own or a friend's website
for an appearance in this department,
e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.