Internet Photography Destinations of Note – 2009

Since I have a poor list of links to other online photography outfits, I thought I’d take this opportunity to highlight the places that I’ve found the most inspirational and interesting this year.

B: Blake Andrews

Contrary to another blogger, I first came to Blake Andrews work through iN-Public and then after that started following his blog.  Blake is a photographer’s photographer and that’s the voice he writes in.  He has a way of picking up on certain ideas that are floating around the blogs and crystallizing them in a way that gets to the root of issue or idea.  In addition he highlights his own work and has fun with photography by posting random, often absurd and humorous pieces he finds around the web.

HCSP (Hardcore Street Photography)

Not a forum for the thin skinned. It closely resembles a rambunctious neighborhood bar that many people will leave within two minutes of entering.  But if you stick around and get to know some of the regulars and partake in the discussions, it’s a great resource and forum where ideas freely float around, are bashed, embraced, mocked and more often than not ignored. It has become a place where notable street photographers will check in from time to time to chime in on the discussions or promote their endeavors, most notably Nick Turpin with recent launch of PUBLICATION.  It was also in HCSP that the Vivian Maier story was first presented and really gained steam.

lenscratch

Aline Smithson is one of the hardest working photography bloggers working today.  She consistently post new work with intelligent text and image selection.  Over the year, I’ve probably found more work that I found interesting from her blog than just about anywhere else.  She explores all types of photography and enthusiastically tells you why she loves it and why you should too.  [Disclosure: I was featured on her blog in February]

Colin Pantall’s Blog

At times I’m not able to tell if Colin is simply taking the piss or writing serious commentary. And that’s the brilliance of his writing. On some days I role my eyes and shake my head in disagreement with something he’s written and then a paragraph later, I’m in full agreement with him. By the end of a post you have no idea if you agree with him or not, and more often than not, you have no idea if he agrees with himself or not.  The Walt Whitman quote always comes to mind: Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; (I am large—I contain multitudes.”

A Photo Student

James Pomerantz probably doesn’t need to get his MFA. He’s an accomplished photographer with a body of work that many young photographer’s would love to have.  But that doesn’t matter and that’s why his MFA endeavor is interesting.  He rather methodically documents his course load and what he’s learning, providing a view that many people don’t have access to.  His posts often accompany links to articles, papers and other scholarly writing about photography, in addition to posting work that’s being discussed in his classes.  Get your MFA by proxy.

Flak Photo

I think I’ve visited the actually Flak Photo site maybe three times this year, but it’s not really required since Andy Adams is EVERYWHERE.  If you’re interested in photography and on the internet, you’ll soon run into Flak on Twitter, Facebook, through RSS, or find it partnering with another photography organization on a project, contest, or distribution endeavor.  And all this activity orbits around some of the most compelling and interesting photography you’ll find anywhere.

insig.ht

You won’t find new content from them as regularly as most blogs, but when they do publish a piece, it’s likely to be the most well thought out and interesting piece you’ll read all week.  If Hin Chua wanted a third career writing about photography he probably could have it. Throw into the mix accomplished writer Michael David Murphy, accomplished pro Ben Roberts, Raoul Gatepin and James Hendrick and you have a group that put a great deal of thought into photography, from all angles.  And with insig.ht, they’re articulating those ideas with clarity and intelligence.

Urbansand

Keeping it simple with nice, large daily photographs and insightful interviews, have made Urbansand a great new resource on the scene.  Darrius Thompson has a passion and enthusiasm for photography that’s infectious.  His desire to learn and understand about the process of photography shines through in every interview.  And like any successful student, he does his homework and knows what questions to ask, which leads to insightful answers, and that’s what makes a great interview. [Disclosure: I was interviewed on Urbansand in July and am currently collaborating with Darrius on strange.rs]

Feature Shoot

While I don’t always find the work presented to my taste, I still find the site a great resource for understanding the broad spectrum of photographic work being produced today.  New work is published consistently and contains a nice selection from each photographer.  It’s a feed that I check out immediately when I’m browsing through Google Reader.

Tumblr

Tumblr is the platform of favor for many new photography and single serving blogs. On any given day you’ll be inundated with vintage, vernacular, erotic, contemporary, documentary and plain ole bizarre photography.  Often times a photograph will come to your dashboad after being “reblogged” by five or six different people.  It can be overwhelming but if you follow the right blogs, you can get a healthy daily fix of good photography. Some of my favorites are: manymany,  My Parents Were Awesome, Black and WTF, Two for the Road, Turn of the Century, Not Content, Hot Chicks at Art Openings, jogging, fette, Happy Accident, Double Flawless, Ante Portes

A few more places always on the radar…

Seesaw Magazine
Deep Sleep Magazine
A Photo Editor
Burn Magazine
ThisPhotoThat
The Online Photographer
eyecurious
Mrs. Deane
Horses Think
DLK Collection
Urbanautica
We can shoot too
L O Z
tinyvices
Hamburger Eyes
Too much chocolate
Ahorn Magazine