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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.

Urban Symphony project - Movement 2

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


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