Eddy Pula


Photographs ©Eddy Pula

It’s easy to get jaded when you work on the web. A month ago while at work I came across a blog post that mentioned our company. It was by Eddy Pula. I browsed through his blog and liked what I saw. When I got home that night I posted one of his photographs to Tumblr. I made a mental note to drop him a line about his work but as things go that note got lost in the day to day business of living.

Then this past Wednesday I came across Eddy again, this time he was featured on The Online Photographer. I decided to go back and browse Eddy’s blog and that’s when I came across a post where he took me to task for posting his photograph to Tumblr without asking him first. That was a first for me. It’s one of those feelings where you know the person has a very good point and you really have no great response, other than to apologize and mumble about the internet and sharing.

I sent Eddy an email apologizing and letting him know how much I enjoyed his work. I told him I wanted to feature more of his photographs on LPV. He responded nearly immediately and was very gracious. I can’t help sharing a bit of that email because it’s such a great response.

dude people get sad and no one tells them that the work is good, and they give up and go to business school. A pat on the back is all I’m looking for when you spread my pictures!

He certainly has a point. It’s a good reminder to me about the value of connecting with the photographers that I work with on LPV. After all, it’s those connections and stumbling onto talented photographers like Eddy that keeps me going with LPV.

Eddy is a talented photographer. There are some photographers that you come across and just know that they absolutely love making photographs and connecting with people. Eddy is one of those guys. I’m not sure many people will be able to dig deep into his Flickr stream. It’s a bit raw but then again, that’s kind of the point of Flickr. I very much look forward to watching Eddy continue to develop his work and pursue his dream. I have a feeling he’s in this photography game for the long run and will probably do pretty well with it in the long run.

You can get to know Eddy better from his blog and in this video of him working the most recent Boston Marathon.

Eddy, I apologize again and want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to share your work with the LPV crowd. If you like Eddy’s work, drop him a line. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it!

eddypula.com

  • jimmy

    eddy, this your email. I want to hire you.
    Jimmy
    jamesandrewferry@yahoo.com

  • glenn capers

    Nice work. Your story fits in mode to your visual style. cheers 

  • http://slowgospel.net Hudson Gardner

    Absolutely killer. Masterful capturing of expressions, and placement of subject. I think in pictures like these, the ease between the photographer and the captured people comes through. This shows me Pula is really there with those people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zisis-Kardianos/100000906823674 Zisis Kardianos

    Surprisingly and refresingly good portraits. I say that because usually I’m not surprised by portraits, especially lately with the homogeneous deadpan style. Thank you Brian and Eddy for sharing.

  • Eddypula

     just to keep the metaphors coming, a live show and a studio record are different things. An iphone recording of the live show is just an atrocity ; )

  • Eddypula

     ps in photography it was henry fox talbot who did it, dagueere (sic) was making polaroids or slides or whatever you want to call them, and Talbot was running off as many copies of the pencil of nature as he could!

  • Eddypula

      Hey people both are true, I’m just too stupid to get google alerts on
    my candy bar nokia! Its a discussion that needs to happen, napster, naw
    forget that the invention of the cassette tape started this and
    hopefully we’ll figure it out in the next 50 years. Cassettes/mp3′s
    effected both Metallica and Daniel Johnston in profoundly different
    ways, and Girl Talk just dances on the line and makes a living at it.
    Stay firm on both sides but be willing to hear each other.

  • Eddypula

     Hey people both are true, I’m just too stupid to get google alerts on my candy bar nokia! Its a discussion that needs to happen, napster, naw forget that the invention of the cassette tape started this and hopefully we’ll figure it out in the next 50 years. Cassettes/mp3′s effected both Metallica and Daniel Johnston in profoundly different ways, and Girl Talk just dances on the line and makes a living at it. Stay firm on both sides but be willing to hear each other sides!

  • j.

    Talk about missing the point. My point was that there are a lot of us
    out there toiling in obscurity, “living on noodles to buy film,” and that if I
    were lucky enough to be getting the kind of attention Pula is I
    certainly wouldn’t complain about it. I know quite a few hard-working, like-minded artists. I was using myself as an example but my comment wasn’t really about me at all. I think Pula has every right to feel the way he does, but I wanted to let LPV know that not everyone feels that way and that there are people who appreciate the work they do, just as you felt the need to get your troll on and tell me how wrong I am. Actually, no, we weren’t doing the same thing. My aim was to make someone feel better and all you want to do is make me feel bad.

    Putting a photographer’s work–work that can be seen by anyone with an internet connection–on your site and recommending it to other people is not the same as stealing music (which I don’t do, by the way–you don’t know a thing about me and it’s a waste of both your time and mine to pretend that you do). It’s sharing, not stealing. Nothing is being taken away from the photographer, and the more people see the work the more chances there are for good things to come his way.

    I’m not jealous at all, and I did, in fact, give him
    credit–I opened with a compliment and didn’t say a single negative thing about him. It’s great work and I’m glad I saw
    it, and I understand and respect all the hard work that goes into making it. I don’t do jealousy–another person’s success has absolutely nothing to do with me. “Be happy for other people” is part of my personal artist’s code.

    If you want to have a real conversation about these ideas I’m open, but if all you want to do is scold me and make assumptions about the kind of person I am then this is it for me.

  • Earthbeat

    @61e7b134cb25e124c143040a92000f93:disqus  i think you missed the whole point of the article, Eddy brings up a massive point about the human soul. He is out there busting his guts buying film, walking around, developing, living on noodles to buy film and you with your gen y attitude of the whole web is just a free entertainment device for my 2 second memory and infinite consumption just stinks.how about we all slow down a little, and put things back in perspective. how about we stop thinking artists musicians and the like should all be for free just because you can steal so easily from the web, are you just a common theif, that justifies your actions through the fact that every one does it so its normal. or are you jelous that no one notices your pictures? 
    give credit where credit id due.

  • j.

    These portraits are fantastic, thank you for introducing me to Pula’s work.

    I don’t think you were in the wrong, though. This is no shady Thai porn site, it’s a site that gets people thinking and talking about photography in a way that’s totally legit and offers both respect and recognition to the artists. I love finding my work on random blogs, and if it happened to me all the time like it seems to for this guy instead of like, once a year, I’d be over the moon. Connecting with people is awesome and all, but there aren’t enough hours in the day for you to write a fan letter to every photographer whose work you’re interested in and wait for a response and still get everything you need to do done.

    Keep on doing what you’re doing, and you’re welcome to post my work and link to my website without notifying me any time you want! That’s what Google Alerts are for.