are no accidents in Mark Baylin's work. Everything
is where it should be and although there are no people
in any of his images, their footprints and handiwork are
much in evidence. As is his.
© 2004, Mark Baylin, All Rights Reserved
"Hard work never killed
anybody, but why take a chance?"--Edgar Bergen
Last year, Take Your Camera
To Work Day was celebrated with a website (www.takeyourcameratoworkday.com)
where amateur and professional photographers around the world, from
the Ukraine to New Zealand to Canada and the U.S.A., could post images
made during their workday beginning at midnight on May 21st. This unique
website provided a snapshot of the world and, unlike other Day in the
Life style projects, anyone with a camera could participate in this
non-profit venture whose only goal is to demonstrate that photography
is the universal language.
Take Your Camera To Work Day was originally my idea and AllSolutions.NET's
Dave Hall helped me implement the concept of having a single day when
photographers could celebrate the world around them. My goal for this
annual project is to use photography to change the world for the better--one
person at a time. Although last year was the first time, I was gratified
that so many people participated with workplace images and even photos
made on the way to work.
Pardon My URL
At this particular time in America there's no excuse for not having
an easy to remember (and type) URL. Even if you're in Canada.
It can be a pain in the butt to set up a website but domain registration
is inexpensive; check out www.dotster.com and find out how cheap it
can be. I typed Mark Baylin's (www.cyberus.ca/~mbphoto/ssg) address
wrong twice before giving up and entering his name in a Google (www.google.com)
search to find it. When you finally get there, you'll find a cleverly
designed site that has images for "the enthusiast and collector
alike." Baylin's meticulously constructed work can be found
in six monochrome and color galleries. There are no accidents in his
work, although "Menagerie" may look like one. Everything
is where it should be and although there are no people in any of his
images, their footprints and handiwork are much in evidence. As is his.
His black and white collection contains three galleries with each image
mounted on a digital mount board for a striking gallery effect. And
while there is certainly evidence of Richard Kirstel's work in
"Derelict Doll," the Relics gallery is ultimately less bleak
in its outlook and more a reflection of a disposable culture that affects
much of the industrialized world. Interestingly, his Rural Scenes show
the same kind of viewpoint.
This outlook is strikingly contrasted with color work that, while containing
a similar theme of color-as-design, seems more hopeful, as if waiting
for something that will change things for the better. Nothing says this
more than "Flower" in the Urban Scenes color gallery. Ask
yourself this question: Would you have thought to crop that image they
way he did? Baylin's subtly effective site was designed by Bats
in the Belfry Creative Inc. (www.batsinthebelfry.com)
and was recommended to me by Roberta Douglas.
Gray's wedding photographs range from the competent
to the creative to the terminally cute as in an image of
a flower girl surrounded by the female members of the wedding
party. I'll bet his clients love it; I sure did.
© 2004, Eric Gray, All Rights Reserved
Down The Road
Although he's located just a half-hour away as the crow flies, I
don't know Eric Gray, but if his website (www.grayscale studios.com)
is any indication, he's a heckuva photographer. This cleanly designed,
fashionable website is everything a working photographer needs. The About
section introduces you to Gray, while the rest of the site shows what
he does in the Weddings, People, Places, and Things galleries. His wedding
photographs range from the competent to the creative to the terminally
cute, as in an image of a flower girl surrounded by the female members
of the wedding party. I'll bet his clients loved it; I sure did.
All of the galleries use a similar format with tiny thumbnails that click
open to larger (could be bigger) images. In People, the photographs include
everything from what is by now the traditional outdoor family group portrait
to a stunning image of a woman alone in the mountains; she's so
small she becomes part of the landscape. Speaking of landscapes, you'll
find some knock-me-down gorgeous images of skylines and sailboats in British
Columbia whose quiet beauty contrasts with some of the grittier (no titles,
but a shot of rusty nails in a board comes to mind) photographs in this
The Things collection could be called Still Life because that is what
it really is and includes some nice photographs of flowers, but Gray is
clearly in his element when working with dramatic subject matter and people.
there is any fault with Ron Beller's website, other
than the smallish sizes of the images, it's that there
aren't enough of them!
© 2004, Ron Beller, All Rights Reserved.
Tucked behind a quiet interface, Ron Beller has hidden landscape images
of power and majesty that do in fact "capture the beauty and grandeur"
of the American West as his homepage (www.ronbellerimages.com)
proclaims. Photographed in lush color, his images invoke serenity as well
as awe, and the small thumbnails and not-so-big "larger" images
hint only, I think, at the what his images must look like as wall prints.
This is a genre that many people practice, but few manage to pull off
by showing what the place would be like if you were really there. Beller
manages that oh-so-difficult feat with consummate skill and creativity.
If there is any fault with the site, other than the small image size,
it's that there aren't enough of them! I want to see more
photographs such as "Missouri Lakes" with pink columbine blooming
in the foreground. Yes, Beller, defying recent trends in site design,
has included captions that feature geographic descriptions, just in case
you want to visit that place yourself. Before you leave, check out the
Featured Work section. The last time I visited it contained an image of
Maroon Bells, near Aspen, Colorado, one of the most photographed places
in my state, yet Beller has managed to make it fresh. The image helps
us appreciate what he saw and felt the day he was there.
year's Take Your Camera To Work Day website will have
an all-new look with image-hosting services being provided
© 2004, Joe Farace, All Rights Reserved
Time For Your 15 Minutes
Friday, May 21st is Take Your Camera To Work Day 2004 and an all-new website
is made possible by sponsorship from Smugmug.com with design by Michael
John Parker Design (www.michaeljohnparker.com).
Hosting is provided by AllSolutions.NET with support from FutureWorks
"Powered by Smugmug," means that photographers can share images
on the website with friends through e-mail, forum postings, and even tweak
them using the site's built-in editing tools before they appear
as a Take Your Camera To Work Day photo.
Photographers from all over the world are invited to post pictures on
the site (www.takeyourcameratoworkday.com)
that were made between midnight May 21, 2004, and 11:59pm that day. The
images don't have to be posted that specific day, just created on
Take Your Camera To Work Day and can be posted at any time after that.
The site will be up all year so people can visit, share, and add new photographs,
widening their circle of images and friends.
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.