Friday, January 23, 2009

Here we go again...

So it is 80 degrees here in Austin, Texas as I type this. It couldn't be more beautiful...

Having been a fan of Magnum (and a majority of the other photographers that have passed through the agency) since I picked up a camera, I was very excited when I heard Sebastiao Salgado's 'Workers' photography exhibit was coming to the Austin Museum of Modern Art late last year. I had totally forgotten about it until a taxi driver (who I was photographing) told me about the exhibit just yesterday.

Click HERE for more information about the showing.
photos by Austin photographer Patrick Meredith www.meredith-photo.com


Some of the photographs were simply amazing. Bizarre, beautiful, heartbreaking and thought provoking rolled into a single lump, if that makes sense. The glimpse into the working lives of the sulfur miners in Indonesia was just....amazing. By far the best $5 I've spent in a long time.
A view of one room of the AMOA, which is currently showing Sebastio Salgado's 'Workers' photographs

Salgado also has a book, titled Workers, that showcases the collection. The AMOA has this book, along with several other books showcasing Salgado's photographs, for you to browse through as well. You can find it on many major websites used for under $50. I'll be buying it once I have the chance.
I broke the rules taking these two photos...


So as I was leaving the exhibit, I noticed a large police presence traveling north on Congress Avenue, followed by an even larger group of people carrying signs and yelling for "Peace in the Middle East"...

So I made about 10 frames and kept riding my bike...


Protesters call for peace in Israeli and other Middle East countries during a demonstration in downtown Austin on Friday.


In other news, I've been shooting a lot of of stuff with an old 120 film camera I got for christmas from my dad. I have a couple of projects going with all these 120/127 cameras I've got laying around. Now all I have to do is develop the film. yikes. I'll just add that to the over 30 rolls of 35mm film I need to get on as well. Someday...Someday. :)

I may be attending another photography meeting tonight, so hopefully I'll have some more photos to show. I'm still working on some of the dancing photos from last week. Here is one more....

'more to come'

1 comment:

Amelia said...

That would have been a fun cheap date. Hint hint.