photography, travel

Telluride // Fall Color

The timing was pretty close to perfect for this year’s Telluride Photo Fest.

Colors were in full force in the southern San Juans of Colorado.

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It was my first Fall in Telluride… and I have to say, it was pretty epic.  I only wish I had more time to actually shoot.  I was in meetings almost the entire week.  So next time, I will be heading up there just a few days earlier….

~ andrew


 
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photography, random thought, travel

Telluride // What I learned…

The biggest take-away for me from this year’s Telluride Photo Festival was… drumroll please….

….Shoot for yourself.  Not what you think editors/ agencies/ clients want… just keep shooting the way you see the world.

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Sounds pretty basic, right?  Well if you’re a full time professional photographer, trying to support your family, this basic concept can get lost.  Super lost.

It’s easy to go out and copy the style of the day… what’s running in the magazines and advertisements.  That takes technical expertise, but not talent or creativity.  And we as artists can get lost in the game of chasing trends and dollars.

That’s not to say that you aren’t going to need to adjust and grow and learn.  Don’t get me wrong.  And it also doesn’t mean that aren’t going to be assignments that require us to set aside our agendas and opinions to get the job done the way the client needs it.

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I think the point here is that we as artists are unique.  In fact, often the only thing that sets us apart from the bajilliun other “photographers” out there is our eye’s particular way of seeing and interpreting our world.  So what I’m saying is, don’t lose that.

It’s not a narcissistic rejection of everyone/ everything else.  Selfish pursuit of personal fulfillment.  No, quite the contrary.

You get hired for your distinct and unique perspective.  What really becomes difficult now is incorporating your style, your eye into what your client/ editor needs.

And this is what I tried to shift my focus to over the last five weeks on the road.

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As I mentioned in The Active Landscape post, it’s good for us to push ourselves, grow, and even adapt to the market.  But what good does it do if we lose our personal vision and style in the process.  Spoiler alert… it doesn’t.

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.  ~ Jonathan Swift

So keep growing, learning, and challenging the way you see, but don’t lose that which makes you unique!  No one else sees the world the way you do.

~ andrew


 
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Telluride Photo Fest // Preview

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I have had the pleasure of spending much time in the incomparably beautiful Telluride, Colorado.  But never in the Fall.  So the fact that I’ll be attending the 2014 Telluride Photography Festival in October has me really excited.

With Joel Sartore, Barbara Davidson, Aaron Huey, Ian Shive, and Jennifer Wu as the lineup of speakers, a lot of photography wisdom will be at the helm, ready to be gleaned.  And I’ll be ready.  In the past, I didn’t follow many photographers… But Joel has been on my radar since I was very young in my work, because of the amazing stories he has shot for Nat Geo.

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There are workshops, seminars, panel discussions, a photo contest, portfolio reviews, and all of the other usual convention perks.  Not to mention the opportunities to network with industry professionals and other great photographers.

But perhaps what I’m still looking forward to the most, is the fall colors.  I can’t believe that in the last 18 years of frequenting the town of Telluride, I have never personally seen the amazing explosion of color that is Autumn in the southern San Juans of the Rockies.

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If you have a chance to make it this year, please drop me a line, I would love to get out there with all of you and shoot some of the spectacular vistas of the surrounding area!

~ andrew

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Take your photography to a new level… check out my new workshop dates:
 
Grand Teton Photographic Tour/ Workshops 2014
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Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton
 
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SUMMER // INTERNSHIP

Are you a dreamer?  Do you know how to be more than a dreamer… someone who does?  Where do you want to be in 5 years?

I have been a professional stills + motion photographer for over a decade, and it remains the best and hardest thing I have ever done.  Give me a hand on everything from commercial location shoots, tagging and categorizing stock, shooting and editing motion clips, and possibly even do a little shooting of your own.

I travel a lot, and there is the possibility for the right candidate to experience some of the excitement of traveling on assignments.  Come help and learn as you get started in your own visual career.

This is unpaid for the summer, but positions are available and interns will most certainly be at the top of the heap…. unless you’re a horrible, terrible person. :)

 

DATES: JUNE 2 – AUG 24 (DATES CAN BE FLEXIBLE)

 

Applicants must possess:

  • a hunger for something better
  • a strong visual IQ (we want to see your portfolio!)
  • an inquisitive mind, and positive attitude
  • working to advanced knowledge of Adobe PS + LR (Premier Pro + AE huge plus)
  • working to advanced knowledge of how to shoot photo + vid on DSLRs
  • ability to take direction and act quickly

 

“OK, GREAT.  WHAT DO I GET OUT OF THIS??” — YOU

 

In a word… experience.  Okay, two words… working knowledge.  Three?  A leg up.

The way a photography internship should work (and will here), is that you, the intern, work hard, and in turn, I, the photographer, impart special knowledge and real world know how that you wouldn’t get from a blog post or youtube video.  You also gain access to all of my equipment… to practice, shoot tests, learn different lighting styles, etc.  Some may even get to travel on assignments, or get a paying job in the end.

It’s a trade.  My knowledge and experience for your time and help!

Let me know why you are the ONE!

andrew

APPLY HERE

“I see no higher art than that of the canvas that is painted with light every morning, evening, and night. And I am both cursed and blessed with the insatiable hunger to capture it’s beauty.”

 

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If you are interested in learning more about photography, taking your art to a new level please check out my new workshop dates:
 
Grand Teton Photographic Tour/ Workshops 2014
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Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton
 
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landscape, nature, photography, random thought

A New Day Dawns

As the year 2014 is just dawning… and the dew is still wet and sweet beneath our toes… I am struck with thankfulness.  Today is a new day, and this year is quite the new year.  I am excited for what it will bring, as I renew my passion of photography, and aim to see, yet again in new ways.  And to let the Light change us.

A Credo for Mountain Photographers

The mountain photographer is interpreting the face of nature – that mysterious infinity, eternally a refuge, a reservoir, an amplifier of spirit; a mother of dreams; a positive though elusive voice in whose depth lies its subtlety. They will interpret best who are never so content as when under the influence of situations where silence is rich in the mute assurance and beauty of mountain surroundings. The quality of emotional knowing has a finer integration with our spirit than anything that comes from barren intellectual processes. This point of view only accumulates slowly, out of long experience and contact with wordless influences. Under the spell of solitude and of natural beauty the root system of this kind of awareness establishes itself.

Great art is usually created under some such saturation of awareness. The work is then permeated with an inner perception of beauty and an inner personal philosophy. The hope for our photography is that it shall retain these high lights of more than beauty, that through it symbols shall be preserved of response to our mountains, keeping them to a flow, a golden thread, in our experience.

— Cedric Wright, 1941

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Cedric Wright’s words are resonating deeply with me today, and I feel refreshed and free to pursue my passion for mountain light.  I am hopeful for you and me in 2014…

Keep close to Nature’s heart…
and break clear away, once in awhile, 
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean.
— John Muir
 
________________________________________________________________________________________If you are interested in learning more about photography, taking your art to a new level please check out my new workshop dates:

Big Bend Photographic Tour/ Workshops 2014

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Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton

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