Q&A with Ralph Talmont – Part II

Posted in Media with tags , , , , on July 10, 2009 by Peace-ling

Urban Symphony Project - Moment

Urban Symphony Project - Moment

Here’s the second half of my Q&A with Ralph Talmont, along with a display of some of his work from the Urban Symphony project. It’s an interesting project based on the one camera, one lens methodology, where all the images are captured with the same camera. The project has three fascinating branches; Movement, Moment and Monument.

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From the movement of a rushing car behind an elderly pedestrian to the soft presence of a cat walking behind empty chairs marking stillness; the energy of speed to the energy of quietness, there is a unique unspoken power in his black and white images.

I found an interesting interconnectedness between the three branches of Ralph’s project. Monuments attract people who move towards them from across the seas to create memorable moments. What a fascinating process, never before depicted through pictures.

The Urban Symphony project advocates black and white like never before, portraying images that bring to light the voice of photography. Have a look and feel for yourself. A powerful image to me is one that rests in the waiting room of your consciousness long after having viewed it.

Q7: It’s obvious that you love what you do. What are some of the stresses that go along with doing this?

The last ten years have seen a fundamental change in how photographers make a living. Most of my old buddies no longer actually do photography full-time. The perception of photography being ubiquitous and cheap has made it very hard to earn a living from simply shooting, especially in the editorial field.

Q8: What are you planning on doing next?

I’m starting up an internet company which is based the idea of photography and travel.

Q9: What is the best piece of advice that anyone has given you?

Do what you feel passionate about. Money comes and goes but boredom is forever. If you do what you love and find a way to pay for it, you’ll never be bored and you might actually contribute something good to society.

Urban Symphony Project - Moment

Urban Symphony Project - Moment

Q10: What would be your best advice for someone who wants to establish himself/herself as a successful photojournalist?

Understand that this is a very hard way to make a living on many levels, not just ‘f8, grit your teeth and be there’. Be brutally honest with yourself; can you aim to be the best? Can you do work that sets you apart from everyone else? Because everyone else is now your competitor. Learn from the best and aim to be among the best because the rest of the market has been wiped out and without a means of getting your work out to a lot of people you’re just an amateur shooting for pleasure. This is great of course but it doesn’t make you a professional. Learn about audio and video, become a multimedia reporter. That’s where the demand will be from now on. Stay lean as long as you can, don’t buy expensive gear, upgrade don’t update your computer, do deals that don’t cost you cash but rather inventiveness. Build a brand around you, find an audience for your work and find alternative means of distribution of that brand directly to that audience. It’s a tall order and it takes passion and determination and an awful lot of time and effort, not just a modicum of talent. A modicum of talent doesn’t register on the hard scale of reality.

Q11: What is a day in the life of Ralph Talmont?

Wake up around 0530. Juggle lots of things. Try and squeeze in a bike ride or at least a walk somewhere. Crash and burn. Do it again the next day 🙂  Great fun!

Urban Symphony Project - Moment

Urban Symphony Project - Moment

So next time you see the light at the end of the tunnel dimming away, you better have plenty of extra bulbs stored away. In today’s highly competitive world, where downfall seems to be a going trend amongst newspapers and magazines, build a product around yourself. Find your passion; whether it is sculpting art, photographing weddings or writing editorials, and learn the bible of your passion. Once you get there, let your passions fly you off to success.

Urban Symphony Project - Monument

Urban Symphony Project - Monument

Urban Symphony Project - Monument

Urban Symphony Project - Monument


Q&A with Ralph Talmont –Part I

Posted in Europe, Media with tags , on July 9, 2009 by Peace-ling
Urban Symphony Project -Movement, Ralph Talmont

Urban Symphony Project - Movement, Ralph Talmont

“Photography has been my first love and long term mistress, though these days not my only wife, as I spend large amounts of time as a producer and entrepreneur. But I still drop everything to take a magic shot or two”

Ralph Talmont; CEO of Pixengo.com, photographer, entrepreneur, bookman and traveler is the spotlight of my profile feature. Born in 1963; Ralph originates from an Australian/Polish background and is currently residing in Auckland, New Zealand and Warsaw, Poland.

Ralph has a very unique multi-faceted approach towards his work; he’s not only the author/co-author of over twenty illustrated books, but is also a self-starter; co-founder of Pixengo.com, an online environment for travelers. His profile which ranges from covering subjects, like wine to world cities and yachting, highlights his passion for travel and photography, which in turn explains his baby project; Pixengo.com.

I chose to add his name to The Human Postcard, not to stand in line with global magazines, like National Geographic Traveler, GEO Saison and New Zealand Geographic, which have previously published his work, but rather to draw an inspiration for myself and other journalists, photographers and budding artists alike.

Work hard to find your passion and when you have found it work even harder to be the best at it; that is what I realized after concluding my Q&A with Ralph Talmont. I hope he is able to inspire each of you in your own unique path, such that together we are able to excel our passions and take them to the sky and beyond.

Here’s presenting Ralph Talmont; read, discover and grow:

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Urban Symphony Project - Moment, Ralph Talmont

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| Greece | Part I

Posted in Photo Stories with tags , on July 8, 2009 by Peace-ling

Here’s presenting the first Chapter of Photo Stories; Greece, Part I:

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Photo Stories | Greece | Part I

Posted in Photo Stories with tags , on July 7, 2009 by Peace-ling

In the summer of ’08, I wandered off to the Santorini Island in Greece. What followed next were one of the best days and nights of my life, moments that simply took my breath away.

In Photo Stories, Part I; Greece is my destination.

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A painter’s dream, a lover ’s seventh heaven; as the sun slowly takes off melting into the waves, somewhere over the horizon rises an orange glow warning the evening of the coming of the night. As the glow slowly fades away, lamps and lanterns steal the evening light.

Dalai Lama |July 6, 1935 – Present|

Posted in Asia, History with tags , , , on July 6, 2009 by Peace-ling

2009_02_08_Dalai_Lama_enfant“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” Dalai Lama

“All People and things are interdependent. The world has become so small that no nation can solve its problems alone, in isolation from others. That is why I believe we must all cultivate a sense of responsibility based on love and compassion for each other.” Dalai Lama

As war, violence, crime and disasters flood across worldwide, now more than ever before we need to reflect upon the precious little things that bring us joy and happiness every day.  From the mysteries of the endless horizon spanning far beyond the deepest of the oceans to the miracle of a color filled rainbow; from the warm affection of a marble eyed cat to the soft and sweet memories of childhood; with so much beauty around us, there is no reason but to smile away one’s worries and preserve the beauty that lies both within us and outside.

pf01His Holiness Dalai Lama, the spiritual peace messenger turns 74 today. In honor of his life long journey towards promoting inner and outer world peace, I will dedicate my next few articles to our beautiful world.

With compassion we can progress our modern world towards a peaceful universal society, where no boundary; religion, culture, class or gender separates one from being sensitive to the other.

Floating on these thoughts; let me spread my wings and showcase some of my beautiful snapshots from across the world. Through these photos, I hope to inspire peace and serenity amongst all. Let us bring to surface our inner Dalai Lama; let peace, love and beauty raise every human spirit above all violence and pain.

 Exiled Tibetan children wait to perform a traditional tibetan dance during celebrations of the 74th birthday of the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India on Monday, July 6th

Exiled Tibetan children wait to perform a traditional Tibetan dance during celebrations of the 74th birthday of the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India, Monday, July 6, 2009. (AP PhotoAshwini Bhatia)

Waltz with Bashir

Posted in History, Lebanon, War with tags , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2009 by Peace-ling
Theatrical poster

Theatrical poster

Imagine watching an animated film that is crafted so brilliantly that you can feel every horrific nightmare and trauma associated with a war to the bone. Waltz with Bashir, is one such film that takes you deep inside the mind of a teenage Israeli soldier who had barely begun to shave. If you fancy animated features, take a break from the seven dwarfs and the little mermaid and tune in to learn history the animated way. Strap up, sit back and pretend you’re an Israeli soldier ready to take on the enemy, except you don’t know the why, how and when. The 1982 Lebanon War through the eyes of Ari Forman; an Israeli veteran, here’s presenting Waltz with Bashir.

Written and directed by Ari Folman, the film is Folman’s autobiography, where he narrates his journey back in time to recollect memories from the 1982 massacre by interviewing the soldiers who had served alongside him during the war. Waltz with Bashir frames war as a meaningless exercise that holds no real relevance to its perpetrators, including Folman. Folman’s amnesia shows an interesting depiction of how injustice and violence during wartime is so easily forgotten and accepted.

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The Era of Mobile Photojournalism

Posted in Media, Politics with tags , , , on July 2, 2009 by Peace-ling

image001As the tsunami of the digital era engulfs the globe; everything is being masked under a digital label, including photojournalism. The trend featured in this article is the new wave of mobile photojournalism.

What has the proliferation of video and camera-phone photojournalism meant for the medium?

Intrigued by the evolving digital wave around me, I stumbled across Bill Adee; Chicago Tribune’s Digital Editor who provides an interesting analogy:

I would say the proliferation of video, etc., has affected visual journalism the same way blogs and twitter have affected print/Web journalism.

We need to realize what can be done well by citizen photographers/videographers and find creative ways to organize and present it for our readers. We also need to realize that there is plenty that can be done well by the full-time trained journalists. The key is to take ego and traditions and conventions out of the equation and made good decisions about who should be doing what.

image002I took my next turn towards Marc Karasu of MAK Marketing and Advertising Consulting. Marc has hands on experience with both old and new media, including some of the best known brands. His profile includes the creation of Super Bowl television commercials and Google adword media buys. In response to my trend question, Marc noted:

Some would argue that this proliferation of user generated video has “cheapened” or “diluted” journalism by taking it out of the hands of pros and turning coverage over to amateurs. I would argue that it has actually helped lift journalism overall as these devices and mediums have made news more immediate, unfiltered and powerful.  This is especially true in countries where there are strong state filters on news.

That being said, it is up to professional journalists to properly frame and give background context to the story and the nuances of the players involved and different sides of the story when they air a video in media. Continue reading