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Rudy Umans

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  1. Are you sure? I threw all mine out the moment I read this. "She poisoned him with Visine for three days in July 2018 before the poison eventually caused his death, prosecutors said." https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lana-clayton-sentenced-25-years-prison-poisoning-husband-steven-clayton-eye-drops-york-south-carolina/
  2. As I tried to explain to you, it is not nonsense. If you think it is nonsense, then maybe stock is not for you. The other agencies are taking a risk that SS is not willing to take, which is not only for their protection, but also for yours! Needless to say that I agree with SS on this one. Anyway, we can only help people that want to be helped, so suit yourself. Why don't you send SS an email, telling them that you think they completely suck instead of (somewhat cowardly) complaining here on the forums? I am out.
  3. it's an ongoing discussion. For me, it is. (Except selfies!) In the professional art world, photography has been recognized as art since the inception of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in NY in 1929. However, it was a struggle until 1966 when Dorothea Lange had her one person show in MoMa with her depression era documentary photos. That was the moment, the greater public got to know what collectors already knew about photography. (I only know about the US. It might have been different in other parts of the world. Especially in the UK and France) Since I brought up Dorothea Lange, Maybe I should start a thread about women in photography. Women play such a big part in yesterdays and todays photography, graphic design, illustrations, and art in general.
  4. Many years ago there was a contributor from New Zealand, Kenneth ..(can't remember his last name). He used to say that a lot.
  5. "Make your Walmart signs look like Bloomingdales" - Me. just now. (or whatever high end department store you might have where you live)
  6. It's all your fault! When i was lurking during my "retreat", I read your thread of some time ago "Is photography art" and I thought that was inspiring. Obviously in the world of microstock, a lot of people do whatever without much thought other than the dollars at the end of the month. That is fine. It is their prerogative and I have no problems with that whatsoever. None of my business anyway. On the other hand, there are a lot of contributors who would also like to grow in whatever it is they do. We see a lot of threads and posts about that and threads like this are meant for them.
  7. Thank you for pointing that out. It is great that you didn't take that quote at face value. It means you care and how else do we learn? This is how I read the quote, Learning and imitating are two different things. Trying to replicate an existing work can be an important learning tool. I agree. Imitating on the other hand, might have a less honorable intend and that is what was meant by Jan Groover. Her underlying message was for upcoming artist to develop your own style and for that, one has to learn the rules, which can be broken once you know them. If one doesn't follow those steps (Learning, developing, knowing when and how to break the rules, etc ) one might never be able to pass step one and those are the people who (most likely) don't know what they are doing and some might resort to imitation to compensate for their lack of willingness to learn or hide their laziness
  8. for photographers, Graphic designers, and illustrators There are quotes that are helpful and applicable for what we are doing here. Some of those memorable and might even get stuck in your head. Looking for something a little bit memorable, meaningful, and useful. If you have any of those, you can post them here, but please give credit if you know where the quote came from. I start: If nobody has any quotes, at least remember this one "Imitation is only for those who don't know what they are doing" - Jan Groover, (famous) Photographer 1943-2012 (so, don't let that happen to you)
  9. I do now! lol ("Do you remember...." is asking a lot Sari ) I like these a little better then the one Whiteaster link to frankly. Not so much post processing
  10. Thank you and no, they don't have to be famous. I have seen her work before. She is very good indeed
  11. So far I love all the replies and would like to encourage everyone to look up the photogrpahers mentioned in this thread you might not be familiar with.
  12. Thanks Wendy. I understand about trees (and forest)needing fire. Same here in South Florida We have a lot of your Melaleuca trees and Australian pines (at least, that's what they are called here and thanks for that btw.) They can burn all they want, but fire doesn't seem to kill those invaders. Especially not Maleleuca. they seems to be as hardy as Australians
  13. You're not hogging the thread. Discussions like this are a welcoming side effect of this kind of threads. They open our minds and widen our horizons. As far as Annie Leibovitz goes, I liked her better in the "old" days when she was a little bit more hands on instead of being a production manager, but either way, she is a heck of a photographer. Maybe for me personally her best days were when she was a photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine. (every freakin' time I want to write Photographer I write Photogrpaher! Why is that? lol)
  14. She is amazing. Her pictures had a great influence on the pictorialism movement. Check out Gertrude Kasebier
  15. I guess you don't like Diane Arbus and Cindy Sherman either
  16. Not looking at the focus since I can't tell that from these images anyway, the first (crooked) one is better I think because of the composition and exposure. The horizon is in a much better place in the first one. There are also less distracting elements on the right side. Unlike you apparently, I think that the colors in the second one are not realistic.The colors are overcooked, the skies are all blown out and there is too much distraction going on on the left. It would also be hard to crop the second on on the left side because then you would cut the bridge in half and a bridge to nowhere doesn't look all that great. just my opinion. Yours (and others) may vary
  17. besides the crooked perspective (easy fix) the first one is the better picture. Sorry
  18. Thw thing with me is Sari, I don't read photography magazines or "how to" books anymore, but I do read books about other photographers and art in general. Anyway, they don't have to be famous and everybody (even you ) gets influenced by something or somebody one way or the other. In some things it is just more obvious than in others. Like music for instance is much more obvious. In general I think it is a beautiful thing
  19. In the world of stock photography, "A great photo that hasn't sold" is a oxymoron.
  20. There are a lot more whose work I love (dead or alive), but not every photographer I love influenced me. Ultimately I think that these 5 had the most influence on me.
  21. What is your top 5 photographers who influenced you the most in your photography (for stock or art) ? 19th, 20th, or 21st century and dead or alive and doesn't have to famous Mine are: (not in any particular order) Alfred Stieglitz ( A very influential photographer and gallery owner in the beginning of the 20th century. Without him, the USA art world might have looked different today) Edward Steichen (Friend of Stieglitz, co founder of Gallery 291, At the time world best known fashion photographer. Worked for Conde Naste) Margaret Bourke-white (She is somewhat of a hero to me. Fearless woman and among the first 4 photographers for Life Magazine) John Sexton (assistant to Ansel Adams. His black and white is unequaled ) Man Ray (he was a great contribution to have photography recognized as art. Especially surrealism-what I love)
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