Photo of the Week 18 June 2013
Congratulations to Lanny Nagler from Hartford, Connecticut for his Photo of the Week winning image, “Paris Skaters,” of a group of Parisian youth outside the Eiffel Tower. We had the chance to speak with Lanny about his image, his photography, and what photographing in Paris is like.
What type of camera, gear, and equipment did you use to capture the shot? Do you have a title for this image?
This photo was done using a Nikon F4, a 70-200 mm zoom lens and Kodak Tri-x 400 film. It was taken before I switched over to digital and Canon equipment that I am now using. I am currently using the Canon 5D Mark III. Originally, this image was printed using a conventional darkroom, but I am now in the process of scanning my B&W negatives and printing digitally.
Where was the image taken? What is your relationship to the individuals in this image?
Obviously, this was taken in Paris, France. Often, during down time from commercial shoots I have had the opportunity to go out on my own and wander. This photo was taken during such a time. This location is across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. I chose a long lens to compress the distances. In the midst of a great deal of activity I noticed these four skaters taking a break and snapped the picture. As often happens in street photography a few seconds later they were gone. People have often thought this was a photo from a much earlier time.
What is your favorite part about Paris?
Paris has a timelessness. I also feel that unlike many other places I have been, Paris is a Black and White city.
What kind of photography do you enjoy shooting most both for professional and personal photography projects? Is there anywhere in the world you’ve been looking forward to visiting to photograph?
Most of my personal projects relate to street photography. Sometimes it is a people centered shoot but also I am working on a project of photographs which I call “Wallscapes”. These are photos of walls where I isolate a section from the whole. I look for that interplay between human construction and nature’s destruction. The interplay of shadows plays a part as well. Most of my commercial work is people centered. I do annual reports, brochures and now web sites for companies in the US and around the world.
Who are some of your favorite photographers that you draw inspiration from?
These days you are inundated with images from photographers from around the world doing fabulous work. I do, however, draw inspiration from the past and the works of individuals like Cartier- Bresson, and Ronis.
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