Welcome back to our forty ninth post in our ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ section. ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ includes a round-up of between three to five links to articles from around the internet that have specifically interested us during the course of the week. Ones that we feel are relevant to your interest in photography and art.
Just to explain the title for this section ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ is an English idiom and essentially means that something appeals to you and perhaps stimulates your imagination in an enthusiastic way, we felt it would make a great title for this new section of the site.
We really hope you enjoy these articles over the weekend…
The Inspiring Underwater Adventures of an Incredible Young Man with Autism
“Autism has provided Simon with the ability to perceive the world at a different level,” says Juan Chavez (@autistic_soul_diver) of his son, the focus of his incredible underwater photography. Simon was diagnosed with nonverbal autism at age 3, and at 12 he began swimming lessons. He took to the water immediately, floating on top for hours and diving deeper and deeper. Juan became a certified diver so he could accompany his son and take the soulful photos that fill his account. After moving from Venezuela to Scotland, the family now lives in Oman, where Simon swims in the ocean, realising new physical and emotional strengths as he plunges to depths of 50 feet (15 meters) or more. “Reaching deep is not the objective,” Juan says. “It’s enjoying practicing a sport he loves, giving him confidence that impacts other areas of his life.”
via Science News
Image ©Simon Alejandro
Sports Photographer Swaps Camera for iPhone
“I loved Instagram, I liked being able to share shots immediately with fans,” said Brad Mangin (@bmangin), a professional sports photographer in the US who has covered everything from Major League Baseball to PGA tournaments throughout the country.
“Back in 2012 I thought it would be fun to try using my iPhone,” he told me, now four years down the line and at the centre of a photography revolution.
That revolution has seen him publish a book, Instant Baseball, solely consisting of images he snapped using his iPhone 4s back in the day.
Image via Patrick Tehan
4K Aerial Film Captured with an iPhone
"We flew over San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston. These are, of course, not the only cities we wanted to hit, but they were the ones that worked for us, as this project was self-funded and renting helicopters repeatedly is expensive. We chose to fly in cities that we liked, and that we happened to be near for other jobs that we were on. It helped keep our travel bills low, and we just shot as much as we could".
Image ©Austin DeWees
The Conflict Photographer Who Captured the Libyan War on His iPhone
"I was using Hipstamatic, which was very slow. You’d take a picture and have to wait 15 seconds or longer. It allowed me to focus more on why I was taking pictures. Something would happen and a lot of things would be going on and I could select one thing. It was a limitation that became an advantage in a way—I started to look at things differently. In the very beginning the fighters wanted as many Westerners and people on their side as possible. But when they began losing, things became more sensitive. Sometimes I’d go around with just a notebook and a pen and say that I was a reporter, which gave me more access. Sometimes, if it was a closed hospital and they were operating on a government soldier, they wouldn’t let any photographers in. But I could go in with the phone in my pocket, and so I could still shoot".
Image – © Michael Christopher Brown/Magnum Photos.
Meet the man who helped create Hipstamatic
"Several years ago, I began experimenting with an ancient Samsung mobile phone camera. The ridiculously cheap lens and complete absence of functionality produced quirky lo-fi – short for low fidelity, typically taken with poor-quality equipment – images that delighted me in a way SLR photography had not for years…"
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