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The Importance of Learning Patience

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

My nature has always been impulsive. I’m an ideas man. I’m the kid who had the bad idea; all the other kids told on me after they were caught in the doing. I’m good at coming up with bad ideas. Rash ideas. Ideas that ignore consequences. And I was always a master seller of those bad ideas with a simple pitch – “This will be fun.”

What I try to nurture in myself as an older man is a sense of patience. A quiet. The letting go of angst that has seen the younger me rage at inanimate objects, queues and repeat thoughtless mistakes that I’ve made on the fly. Because, looking back after the apocalypse-of-whatever-happened, my inner quiet mind nearly always had been whispering “Don’t do that.”

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The Film Photography Documentary List

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Asked to choose my favourite five online photography documentaries I simply had too many favourites. And several of my best choices were no longer available to view. So I put together a fast list from my bookmarks list. I’ve tried to keep only the longer and more value packed video documentaries. You may also enjoy the BBC Master Photographer series from 1983, The Genius of Photography series, the Vogue Masters series, Visions and Images with Barbaralee Diamonstein and The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn from 2007 and the Contacts (Vol 1-3) series. Ted Forbes also covers a lot of notable photographers on The Art of Photography. So, here goes… these documentaries should keep you going for a month or two of film entertainment.

  1. Edward Weston: The Photographer (1948) – 27 mins
  2. Remembering Brett Weston (Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3) – 79 mins
  3. The Weston Story – 33 mins
  4. Kim Weston Painted Photographs Lecture – 14 mins
  5. The Woodmans – 82 mins
  6. Francesca Woodman – 39 mins
  7. Henri Cartier-Bresson: Just Plain Love – 71 mins
  8. Henri Cartier-Bresson: Pen, Brush & Camera – 49 mins
  9. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment – 18 mins
  10. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye – 70 mins
  11. Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye (1999) – 83 mins
  12. J H Lartique (part 1, part 2, part 3 & part 4) – 29 mins
  13. What Remains: The Life & Work of Sally Mann – 80 mins
  14. David Bailey: Four Beats to the Bar and no Cheating – 52 mins
  15. The Real Blow Up: Fame, Fashion & Photography (Part 1, Part 2 & part 3) – 122 mins
  16. Duffy: The Man who shot the Sixties – 54 mins
  17. Robert Capa: In Love and War – 84 mins
  18. Bob Capa Tells of Photographic Experiences Abroad (audio 1947) – 23 mins
  19. W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5a, part 5b, part 6, part 7, part 8 & part 9) – 90 mins
  20. The Lost Pictures of Eugene Smith – 38 mins
  21. The Life & Work of W. Eugene Smith – 79 mins
  22. Shooting War: World War II Combat Cameramen (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8 & part 9) – 90 mins
  23. Sebastio Salgado: Looking Back at You (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 & part 6) – 50 mins
  24. Salgado: Spectre of Hope – 51 mins
  25. Tina Modotti: Without Walls (part 1, part 2, part 3 & part 4 – 52 mins
  26. Man Ray: The man who invented himself – 39 mins
  27. Man Ray – 52 mins
  28. Bob Robinson: Capturing the Norwegians – 10 mins
  29. Meet Robert A Robinson: Photographer – 29 mins
  30. Don McCullin: Images of War – 24 mins
  31. Don McCulllin: Redundant Warrior – 24 mins
  32. Don McCullin: Seeking the Light – 27 mins
  33. McCullin (2012) – 91 mins
  34. Vietnam’s Unseen War – 53 mins
  35. Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best – 10 mins
  36. At Home with Elliott Erwitt – 10 mins
  37. Elliott Erwitt: Photographer – 22 mins
  38. Searching for Vivian Maier (part 1, part 2 & part 3) – 33 mins
  39. Vivian Maier: Who took nanny’s pictures? – 68 mins
  40. Vivian Maier – 12 mins
  41. Bruce Gilden: Coney Island – 11 mins
  42. The Greatest Photojournalist: Alfred Eisenstadt – 28 mins
  43. Harold Feinstein: Photographer, artist, teacher, human being (part 1 & part 2) – 15 mins
  44. Ansel Adams: Photographer (1958) – 21 mins
  45. Ansel Adams: Photographer (1981) (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 & part 5) – 59 mins
  46. Ansel Adams (2002) – 82 mins
  47. “Mad Photographer” Frank Hurley – 42 mins
  48. Paul Strand: Under the Dark Cloth (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 & part 6) – 80 mins
  49. Richard Avedon: Darkness & Light – 86 mins
  50. Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge – 100 mins
  51. Fire in the East: A Portrait of Robert Frank – 28 mins
  52. Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank (2005) – 49 mins
  53. Arnold Newman – 40 mins
  54. The Many Lives of William Klein (2012) – 59 mins
  55. In Conversation: William Klein – 111 mins
  56. Moriyama Daido: Near Equal – 84 mins
  57. Nobuyoshi Araki: Arakimentari – 75 mins
  58. Naked States – 74 mins
  59. Joel Meyerowitz: Street Photography (1981) – 57 mins
  60. Nan Golden: In My Life – 28 mins
  61. Imagine: The Colourful Mr Eggleston – 47 mins
  62. William Eggleston in the Real World – 85 mins
  63. Cindy Sherman: Nobody’s Here but Me (1994) – 55 mins
  64. Annie Leibovitz (1993) – 50 mins
  65. Jan Saudek – 91 mins
  66. The World according to Martin Parr – 44 mins
  67. Half Past Autumn: The Life & Work of Gordon Parkes – 90 mins
  68. Remembering LIFE – 57 mins
  69. America in Pictures: The Story of LIFE Magazine – 60 mins
  70. James Nachtwey: War Photographer – 96 mins
  71. Yousuf Karsh (part 1, part 2 & part 3) – 26 mins
  72. The Real Weegee – 56 mins
  73. Six Photographs: Rennie Burri – 11 mins
  74. George Eastman: The Wizard of Photography (part 1, part 2 & part 3) – 50 mins
  75. Picture Perfect: George Eastman House – 27 minutes
  76. The History of Photography: Beaumont Newhall – 25 mins
  77. Laura Gilpin: The Enduring Photographer – 25 mins
  78. Eliot Porter: A Look Back (part 1 & part 2) – 25 mins
  79. Military Police Photography (1965) – 25 mins
  80. Eugene and Berenice – 52 mins
  81. The Lives of Lee Miller – 56 mins
  82. The Weird World of Eadweard Muybridge – 58 mins
  83. Eve and Marilyn (part 1, part 2 & part 3) – 31 mins
  84. Tony Vaccaro: World War II Photographer – 17 mins
  85. George Rose, Stereographs and the Russo Japanese War – 20 mins
  86. The Lomo Camera: Shoot from the Hip – 59 mins
  87. Trent Park: Dreamlives (2002) – 25 mins
  88. Chester Higgins Jr: Capturing the Spirit – 27 mins
  89. National Geographic: The Last Roll of Kodachrome – 31 mins
  90. Born into Brothels (2004) – 83 mins
  91. A Great Day in Harlam: The Photograph (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 & Part 7) – 59 mins
  92. Rankin: Shooting the Hollywood Stars – 66 mins
  93. South Africa in Pictures – 60 mins
  94. Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters – 77 mins
  95. Gregory Crewdson: Capturing a Movie Frame – 27 mins
  96. Legends in Light: George Hurrell – 56 mins
  97. Gursky World – 23 mins
  98. The History & Science of Color Film – 21 mins
  99. Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman – 80 mins
  100. Edward Burtynsky: Manufactured Landscapes – 86 mins
  101. The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl – 189 mins
  102. Who Shot Rock and Roll: Akron Art Museum – 27 mins
  103. The Photography of Bob Gruen (part 1 & part 2)- 56 mins
  104. Magnum Photos:The Changing of the Myth – 58 mins
  105. Long Live Film – 47 mins
  106. Geoff Davies: Photographer – 61 mins
  107. The Death of Kevin Carter – 27 mins
  108. Alexander Gardner: War Photographer – 44 mins
  109. Bob Marley: Giant – 18 mins
  110. Bert Stern: Original Madman – 88 mins
  111. Dorothea Lange: An American Odyssey – 38 mins
  112. The People in the Pictures: Stories from the Wettach Farm Photos – 55 mins
  113. Eye Candy: The Crazy World of David LaChapelle – 53 mins
  114. Line of Beauty & Grace: A documentary about Jock Sturges – 57 mins
  115. One Roll of Film – 18 mins
  116. BBC Pioneers of Photography (1974) Early Colour – 24 mins
  117. BBC Pioneers of Photography (1974) The Moving Image – 24 mins
  118. The REAL BLOW UP (part 1 & part 2) – 92 mins
  119. Horst Wackerbarth: The Red Couch A Gallery Of Mankind – 45 mins
  120. Mario Testino: Diana’s favourite photographer – 48 mins
  121. Get the Picture – 69 minutes
  122. Anders Petersen at Fine Art Print – 20 mins
  123. Geoff Davies: Photographer – 61 mins
  124. Duane Michals talks about his Career – 81 mins
  125. Self Portrait: Max Vadukul – 51 mins
  126. Self Portrait: Isabel Ellsen – 49 mins
  127. Self Portrait: Tomasz Tomaszewski – 52 mins
  128. John Cato: Between Sunshine and Shadow – 18 mins
  129. Mark Seliger: State of the Portrait – 102 mins
  130. Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People – 92 mins
  131. Photoprofiles: Arthur Tress (part 1 & part 2) – 30 mins
  132. The Fall of Phnom Penh 1975. A documentary about French photographer Roland Neveu – [37 mins]
  133. That Man: Peter Berlin – 80 mins
  134. The Story of Dickey Chappelle, Combat Photojournalist – 56 mins
  135. Fotograf – 130 mins
  136. Holy Terror Presents: Joel Peter Witkin [49 mins]
  137. Holy Terror Presents: Joel Peter Witkin II ‘Vile Bodies’ [17 mins]

Yes, My MBAS & BComp Degrees were Earned

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

It’s been suggested on several occasions that I have somehow not earned my academic qualifications. Or, they are somehow invalidated or were given to me. Something I find a little offensive. I qualified to enter both my university degrees and worked particularly hard during both. In fact, I worked part time through the Bachelor of Computing as a web professional (ending in 2008) and chose to enter the MBAS Program (which I also qualified to undertake) full time in 2009-2010.

Standing with Srikanth Kamma and friends after graduation from the MBAS in December 2010

As a web professional I have worked for private and public clients both as a contractor and occasionally as an in-house employee. I have had private sector clients from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, the United Kingdom and Dubai. I’ve worked for the Tasmanian Education Department’s Web Strategy & Support Unit, I’ve taught hand coded web design for a semester at TAFE College and worked as a web developer on contract, then in-house, at the now defunct Tasmanian Department of Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts. I also spent a semester at the Tasmanian Department of Economic Development as an undergrad working on an internal paper to assess the cost value of the unemployed.

The vast majority of the work that I’ve undertaken as a web professional was by invitation. However, since I graduated in 2010 from the MBAS Program there has been no real interest on my part to go back to plod coding websites. Yes, I could probably scrape a crap spare change from it but the market is over-saturated with a constant race to the bottom and a need to pull about $100,000 in the door to achieve a decent wage. So there… I’m currently one of the 800,000 Australians collecting a Disability Support Pension. A pension that underpinned my university education as work came and went.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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