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The Art of Photography is the premiere video podcast on iTunes about everything photography related. Episodes are released 3 times a week! Every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday you can check out the latest photography shows. Ted Forbes produces episodes on diverse topics such as techniques, composition, philosophy, craft, digital photography, film, darkroom techniques and more. If you are a photographer, this is the show for you. Past episodes and additional content can be found on our website: http://theartofphotography.tv


Capturing Motion: From Vroman to Titarenko

February 20th, 2015

Episode 75 of 330 episodes

Using motion in photography can create an amazing, ghost-like quality when used in contrast with surroundings that are sharply in focus. We talked a lot lately about interpretations. In this video I take an in-depth look at 2 photographers who interpreted motion in the same manner, but brought their own personal style and culture to the image. AC Vroman was an early practitioner of photography in the late 1800's. He was an accomplished photographer who worked with Native American's across California, Arizona and New Mexico. He's also known for starting the oldest bookstore in Southern California, Vroman's in Pasadena. The image we are looking at is the Moqui Snake Dance. Its an image of a popular Indian ritual involving snakes to propitiate the water-god, or snake deity so that rains will be plentiful in the coming fall. Vroman used motion blur with the dancers which gives us a haunting, ghostly quality that highlights the ancestral aspect of the tribal performance. In contrast, we have an image by Alexey Titarenko from his series "City of Shadows" which was done in the early 1990's and featured at the 300th Anniversary of St Petersburg. Titarenko pays homage with an interpretation of the 1925 silent film The Battle of Potemkin - namely the Odessa Steps scene. The scene portrays Russian military firing into a crowd of people. His interpretation involves a set of stairs with an exposure lasting several minutes as a crowd passes. Again we see an homage involving cultural history, ancestry, and the ghost-like appearance. AC Vroman: http://www.nativeamericanlinks.com/acvroman.htm Alexey Titarenko: http://www.alexeytitarenko.com/ Moqui Snake Dance: http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/snake-dance-of-the-moqui-pueblo-indians.htm The Battle of Potemkin (Odessa Steps Sequence): http://youtu.be/laJ_1P-Py2k?t=5m38s Remember to subscribe http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=theartofphotography Follow us on social! Twitter: http://twitter.com/tedforbes Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aop.podcast Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tedforbes And get on our mailing list to stay up to date on photography news and the latest episodes: http://theartofphotography.tv/about/mailing-list/ Thanks for watching - if you like this video, remember to share it with your friends! Ted Forbes The Art of Photography 3100 Main St #135 Dallas, Texas 75226

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