photographer

nick dekker

nick dekker on this cold winter day i am sad, quiet and still. i just got word that photographer, colleague and friend nick dekker passed away. he was generous, honest and full of life. time is relentless.

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below is one of nick's platino type prints. the photograph was made in north dakota near his parent's home. it is titled "forgotten dreams"

grandpas truck

jay maisel / interview

jay maisel jay maisel is an amazing photographer. in fact he's one of the best.  his photographs are vibrant and alive. he is a living legend. over the last few years i've had a handful of opportunities to hang out with jay and i've consistently been impressed and inspired. a few weeks back when we crossed paths i asked jay a handful of questions and recorded his response. as always, jay's words were honest, insightful, entertaining and thought-provoking.

click on the play button below to listen to 10 min of our conversation. before you begin, grab a pencil and a scratch sheet of paper as you may want to jot down some notes. enjoy!

[audio:http://www.chrisorwig.com/flipside/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/jay_edit4-louder.mp3|artists=Jay Maisel |titles= Interview]

david duchemin / interview

david duchemin

If you're not familiar with David Duchemin, now is the time to get to know him! For starters, David is a travel and humantarian photographer, author, blogger and all around cool guy. Yet he is more than a typical photographer and the more I get to know him the more impressed I am. Who he is and what he does is contagious.
As a person david is honest, humble, engaged and fully alive. the poet kay ryan once said, "i like to think of all good poetry as providing more oxygen into the atmosphere; it just makes it easier to breathe." That's exactly how i think about david's work (whether photography, teaching, writing or speaking)... In other words, while viewing or experiencing david's work i'm awestruck and my breath is taken away... Yet after a few moments its as if there's more oxygen in my lungs. As a result i breath and live more fully and wholly. Check out his work by clicking here.

david duchemin is more than a typical photographer and the more i get to know him the more impressed i am.  as a person david is honest, humble, engaged and fully alive. the poet kay ryan once said, "i like to think of all good poetry as providing more oxygen into the atmosphere; it just makes it easier to breathe." that's exactly how i think about david's work (whether photography, teaching, writing or speaking)... in other words, while viewing or experiencing david's work i'm awestruck and my breath is taken away... yet after a few moments its as if there's more oxygen in my lungs.  as result i breath and live more fully and wholly.  if you're not familiar with his work/books/blog/etc. click here.

as a side note, david and i have been talking about putting together a photographic workshop/retreat sometime next year. it would be a chance to dig deep, to be renewed, revived and of course to have a ton of fun. collectively, we would explore how to create a solid vision and in turn discover how to create more compelling photographs. if you're interested in offering some suggestions of workshops you'd like to see, or if you'd simply like to sign up to be notified of workshops click here.

the last time david and i met up i asked him a few questions and you can listen to our conversation by clicking the play button below - enjoy!

[audio:http://www.chrisorwig.com/flipside/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/david_duchemin.mp3|artists=David Duchemin |titles= Interview]

photographing nature / ralph clevenger

ralph clevenger / photographing nature i just received my copy of ralph clevenger's book, "photographing nature" and i am so excited to finally have the book in my hands (thanks to greg lawler for snapping the photo above and below). the book is phenomenal!!!

as many of you know, ralph is one of my colleagues/on the faculty at brooks, one of my photographic mentors and a great friend. as you can imagine i had high hopes and expectations for the book. i'm incredibly pleased to say the the book exceeds even my extremely high and outlandish expectations!

i'll post a full review once i've read it completely, yet for now you can view more info about his book by clicking here.

ralph clevenger's book

tim mantoani interview

tim tim_portraittim mantoani has been working on an amazing project titled, "behind the photographs." he is a brooks institute grad and was having a show at brooks institute (where i teach). the show is absolutely stunning. if you live anywhere near santa barbara you have to check it out! to the left is a photo that i snapped of tim while he was setting up the show.

click on the link below to listen to a conversation we had while walking through the brooks cota gallery. you will find his words intriguing, enlightening and inspiring - enjoy! [audio:http://www.chrisorwig.com/flipside/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/tim_mantoani.mp3|artists=Tim Mantoani Interview |titles= Behind the Photographs]

click here to view more of tim's work