So, I’m an intern for Joyce Wilson, an 83 year old woman (the one in black pointing) photographer, who teaches basically a workshop every week.

Last week, I had to model and help out with a month long workshop with kids who are into photography. Notice the little girl laying on the ground; she’s 12.

Anonymous asked: “hi sorry for all the questions. im actually looking into brooks. whats it like? the people, classes, housing, etc.”

I’ll give you my perspective on Brooks from my time here, beginning with the debt. Each semester is about $10 grand, so each class you better take fuckin seriously. 

It’s a private school, yet you only need a 1.0GPA to get in (I guess cause it’s an art school, but I’ve had higher standards than that haha).
Housing used to be provided, but where they put us was kind of ratchet. I learned, however, that the ratchetness brought us Brookies together because we had a whole part of the building for Brookies, so we learned from each other. They did away with the housing, so we all found apartments to lease with other Brookies.

A part I haven’t told you about is that Brooks used to be in Santa Barbara, California. When I moved here, we had two buildings in SB, and one in Ventura. About halfway through my Brooks “career,” they decided to move everything down to Ventura. They closed one of the two campuses and started putting everyone new to Ventura. No one comes to the last SB campus unless they started at the SB campus (me and about 40 others), and there are few of us still here.

Now that you know I go to a different campus, I’ll tell you my outlook on solely the Ventura campus.

The people at the Ventura campus are snobs, and seem to like to know “everything.” I’ve had problems with the Ventura campus because of the feeling they give me. It’s kind of childish in a way that even the GE teachers can’t really take their jobs seriously sometimes.
This however DOES NOT give the photography teachers the attention they need however. The pro photo teachers are amazing. The class sizes can sometimes be quite small (10-30 people). You get one-on-one time with the teachers, and they are very respectable and reasonable with the grades they give. If you need help, they have office hours almost every day, and will help you out (some teachers are much harsher than others, but that doesn’t mean they won’t help you out).

Checkout. Checkout is a place where everything you’ll ever need is located. From RED and Phantom cameras, to Baby seniors (12k lights), to medium format mamiyas and Hassleblads. They basically have everything you will need for each class, that doesn’t mean to not have a nice camera when you start though. You’re going to have to buy a lot of things on top of you tuition, like printing paper and SD/CF cards. This school costs money, then costs more money to keep your equipment running well and up to date.
My experience at Brooks (before the shitty transfer to Ventura) has been quite good, and if you or anyone else have more questions just ask me.

clarkinit:

“New Work”

I didn’t have any new work on my phone, but I did have shots of the first film I sent to develop and got back. This basically qualifies as new work, right? So yeah, I’ve been shooting film recently, and I love it. These images were shot with my dad’s old Canon AE-1P which he gave to me, in downtown Santa Barbara. 35mm lomograph film, which is artsy and very cheap.

Inspiration

This post is about inspiration. My inspiration may not be sophisticated or complex, but it’s what’s right in front of us. It’s life. Life is inspiration. I’m inspired by how people interact with others, and how people use things to inspire others. Life not only inspires me to think and create, but to push others to their best self.

Tonight, my mother was admitted to the hospital. You might not agree with what life gives you, but it means everything on how you deal with it.

Joyce Wilson and film have inspired me lately to be more creative with what I shoot and how I shoot. They’ve inspired me to not only grow as a photographer, but to inspire others and myself to be more creative.

clarkinit:

In photography, not all things work, and not all things come together as they should. Last week during my “production day” (it’s really a whole week of no school, also called spring break), we set up the Phantom HD Gold to shoot a snake biting a mouse and eating it at 1000 FPS (frames per second). Not only did we have a setup, but we had the snake and mouse prepared to shoot. Above is the setup we had to catch the action in high speed, and we were lucky enough to find some random fake grass at Home Depot to put the animals on.

As you can see, the camera is pointed downwards towards the grass, with cardboard to make a corral. We managed to setup this camera to a laptop and monitor to shoot off-campus (which hasn’t really been done before with this camera at my school).

After we put the mouse and snake into the corral, we waited. Nothing happened. The snake sat there and the mouse was a little unconscious so he was busy making weird jerky patterns. Overall, the shoot and the reshoot were a bust because the animals were not cooperating at all.

Come to find out, snakes need time to adapt. Putting a snake in sunlight when he’s been in a cage most of his life while he eats was a bad idea. We needed to let the snake adapt to his surroundings for around a month so we can get him to strike.

gettyimages:

A Day in the Life | Entertainment Photographer Andreas Rentz
Cannes Film Festival 2014 on Getty nFocus

We follow Entertainment Photographer Andreas Rentz on a typical day at the 67th Cannes Film Festival as he goes from photo call to premiere to private party. Find out what’s in his kitbag and go behind the scenes at one of the world’s biggest media events.

So I just thought about my transportation system and realized I’ve basically been biking everyday to get to places… For a WHOLE YEAR 😐 I’m pretty much done rn with that