The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global
As I've mentioned many times, there are lots of Internet browsers to
choose from and now 3B (www.3b.net) has produced a method for creating your
own digital "village," using a combination of a proprietary browser
and online software that lets you construct an online 3D gallery of your photographs.
The Windows-only product includes lots of templates, some of which have a style
similar to a previous version of my automobile photography website (www.joefaraceshootscars.com),
but is infinitely easier to construct with 3B's online tools. The digital
village templates work with URLs not JPEG files and links to files already hosted
somewhere else on the Internet, but it's free (for now anyway) and fun
to use. One of my first uses was to create a village for Mary's and my
little race team, Tortuga Racing (http://village.3B.net/joefarace/tortuga-racing.bbb).
You'll need to download and install the 3B browser to see it but with
any luck a real site (www.tortugaracing.com)
will soon be online to announce our participation in a major automotive event
One of my first uses of 3B was to create this village for Mary's
and my little race team, Tortuga Racing.
© 2005, Joe Farace, All Rights Reserved
A True Picture...Unposed
Julia Perkins' website (www.juliaperkins.com)
opens with a quote from W. Eugene Smith so that should tell you what to expect:
an uncompromising yet artistic photojournalist's view of reality. Perkins
is a photographer for The Weekly News in Walnut, California, a job that brings
her in contact with photo ops that let her fill the site's Sports, Features,
and News galleries. Yet her collections also contain an eclectic assortment
of images of nature in "Desert Bighorn Sheep" and controversy with
her images showing both sides of the debate on "Same-Sex Marriage."
Perkins' Sports gallery is full of photographs capturing the agony and
ecstasy of high school sports, yet photographed as if she were shooting the
Olympics for Sports Illustrated. "Path to Freedom" includes nature
images, reportorial shots, along with photographs of bugs and plants. If you
are wondering what all that has to do with freedom, take the time to read the
captions accompanying the images. If there is any homage to the sainted Smith,
it's found in Features where Perkins manages to accomplish in color what
Smith did in monochrome--stark, graphic, and realistic imagery that tells
a story. Ontrix (www.ontrix.com)
designed the Flash-based, yet sparse site. Their talent in this area is quite
evident in their treatment of Perkins' site.
Julia Perkins' website opens with a quote from W. Eugene
Smith so that should tell you what to expect: an uncompromising
yet artistic photojournalist's view of reality.
© 2005, Julia Christine Perkins, All Rights Reserved
Pieces Of April
April Rocha's (www.aprilrocha.com)
goal in her photography is to create a creative and comfortable atmosphere that
brings out the essence of a living being, whether it's a child, an animal,
or an actor. She prefers to use natural light for most of her work and it shows
in the soft images of kids, dogs, and events. Rocha's monochrome pet and
puppy portraits are truly wondrous; my favorite being the image of a perky Yorkie
posing next to a birdbath where a Siamese cat is sitting! Both are paying rapt
attention to the photographer and giving her "attitude."
I just wish these jewel-like images were slightly larger, such as the photos
found in the Headshots section. That's where Rocha proves that the same-old,
same-old won't do for her and she provides these thespians with wonderfully
dramatic images in what is often, in less skilled hands, a hackneyed format.
There is a cinematic quality to her monochrome and color wedding photography
and not just in the way that the images are presented in the gallery, where
you can view several weddings from beginning to end. While the site design might
be called diverse--there is no shared leitmotif between galleries--the
work displayed is consistently engaging for the viewer. In all of her photography,
Rocha's talent rises above the mundane and focuses on the inner being--human
April Rocha's goal with her photography is to create a creative
and comfortable atmosphere that brings out the essence of a living
being, whether it's a child, an animal, or an actor.
© 2005, April Rocha, All Rights Reserved