Paul Politis lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and works in digital, 35mm, medium
format, and large format black and white photography. His online portfolio (www.paulpolitis.com)
contains monochrome photography of people, places, and things, and includes
series on Cuba, night photography, ghost towns and abandoned places, and nudes.
Nudity advisory: Although Mr. Politis' nude images are tasteful, there
are those people who are offended by the undraped female form. I love the directness
of the images found in his People section that's enhanced by the use of
black and white, leading you to the subject's eyes, wanting to know what
they are thinking at the moment the shutter is tripped. Interestingly, his images
made in Cuba, for the most part, do not include its people, but reveal aspects
of the island untouched by visual political rhetoric. Admire the pictures for
what they are not where they were made. Similarly, his Night images show works
of humankind without people. It's an odd dichotomy considering how well
Politis connects with people he photographs. Students and others who think it
requires expensive equipment to make these kinds of beautiful images will be
pleasantly surprised to learn that the majority of images on this site were
made with Minolta X370 or X370n cameras. I have often said that the most useful
photographic tool is the one between your ears. Hardware exists only to fulfill
vision and Politis' dynamic monochrome imagery proves that point.
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Bill Emory's website (www.billemory.com)
contains black and white photography of the Chesapeake Bay watershed with photos
and essays from Virginia updated daily! I've often decried the lack of
caption data on photographers' sites but Emory provides maybe too much
text. Fortunately, his warmhearted spirit shows through his words and the equally
warm photojournalistic images, so have fun, poke around the blog and make a
few discoveries. The site has a linear design, when in fact it is more TARDIS-like
(bigger on the inside than it is on the outside) and the more you explore, the
more photos you'll find. If you're concerned as I am about photographers'
rights make a beeline for "Pocket Litter." In the most jarring sections
of this site, Emory recounts his encounter with White House police when making
photographs in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Even more chilling is his
harassment while photographing the Capital Hilton's ballroom before an
inaugural ball. Emory recorded this event and you can listen to it in its entirety.
I couldn't finish listening to the audio clip because it scared me, but
it should make every photographer more than a bit nervous. Emory says, "Photos
for me are studies of time, light, loss, longing, and the nature of change.
They are my heart and memory." After you visit his site, I think you'll
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