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A Foggy Santa Barbara in 6 Photos Taken With a Pinhole Camera. Averaging 3 - 8 Minutes Exposure. By Marcelles Murdock

All of these images, aside from the first image, were taken at the same location on the same date. They were photographed with a medium format pinhole camera on color transparency film. At the time these photographs were taken I had only owned the camera for a few months. I did some pretty extensive testing as soon as I bought the camera but I was still finding my bearings with it.

I have always loved taking pictures in the fog so I was pretty stocked to capture it with a pinhole camera. Due to the nature of pinhole cameras the exposures can be pretty long, this allows for an amazing rendition of movement. This particular quality is what I truly love about pinhole cameras.

When I was taking these images I was at the Santa Barbara harbor and it was engulfed in fog. The Fog was pretty dense, my average exposure in broad daylight is 4 seconds and these were averaging around 3-8 minutes. With this series of images I was simply trying to convey a sense of serenity. I have many sentiments tied to the sea and one of those is a great sense of tranquility. When I was out in the fog I had little haven away from everything else. I truly love being out by myself photographing so this was a great experience for me. ...

...Oh and the image with the translucent figure is of me.


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Out of the Reading His "The Truth of El Mozote", Came an Interest in Interviewing Writer Mark Danner by Valeria Herrador

This past weekend I drove up to Berkeley to interview author Mark Danner for my documentary, Luchando Por Paz (Fighting For Peace). 

Mr. Danner is a Harvard graduate, MacArthur Fellow, published writer, and currently a professor at the school of journalism at UC Berkeley. I emailed him asking if he would let me interview him after reading his article from the New Yorker, "The Truth Of El Mozote." 

I followed up by reading the book he wrote 'The Massacre at El Mozote,' which went deeper into the story of the biggest Massacre in El Salvador's history. I was very excited to schedule an interview with Mr. Danner because so far all my interviews have been with El Salvadoran natives and therefore in Spanish. Never have I felt more self-conscious about my Spanish speaking skills.

My documentary focuses on people's personal stories from the war. I aim to connect their stories to historical events to provide a different kind of perspective of a country ravaged by political ideology (The Cold War), and to hopefully alert my generation that our country is capable of still making the same mistakes it made back then. 

In any given American high school history class, you will never hear about what happened in El Salvador. Considering how much aid the United States gave to the country in those times, it is a little insulting for people to overlook the tiny third world country that almost killed itself because of Reagan's fear of a defeat at the hands of Communism.

I plan to make a trip to El Salvador later this year to continue shooting interviews as well as get footage of all the places where the atrocities occurred. I will be starting a Kickstarter campaign within the next month to hopefully fund the trip.

Mr. Danner lives in Grizzly Peak, Berkeley at the former home of late poet Czesla Milosz. The house has an amazing view of the bay and sits right below Tilden Park. We actually caught him while he was finishing up his newest book on the US's policy of torturing political prisoners. Our interview lasted about an hour and I definitely got a lot of really great things from it. 

I finally have enough footage to really cut a trailer so that's the next step. I just hope people want to hear this story, because it is an important one.


Photographers and Their Blogs. The Quantity is a Good Thing, the Problem is Context. by Busola Laditan

Photography blogs are an understandable area of contention for anyone who spends a lot of time looking for good media to enjoy online. The problem is there are so many out there. It's a problem precisely because so many of the blogs are good and contain high quality photos, it starts to beg the question what the hell am I really looking at and why.

I think everyone I know is somewhat cynical about photography blogs. Nobody wants to see just another photography blog anymore, even if it is your personal blog, and you are proud of your work. It's no longer acceptable to put together a blog of photos tied together by loose artistic themes, or as a representation of your artistic expression. People want context.

To an extent this has always been the case, it's a concept that anyone who has a bachelor's degree in photography, or has studied to become a professional photographer understands. Context is everything. It's a lot easier to sell photos of celebrities and even more wedding photos than artistic silhouettes or landscapes. Why? Context. People already believe celebrities are a part of their lives, so it's easy to capture their interest with a photo of Ryan Gosling walking a dog. People buy wedding photos because there is perhaps no greater recognition of context than an event of profound personal relevance.

Photo by Marcellus Murdock
So how does one go about creating context that allows people to value the experience of visiting their blog. The simplest way is to have a clear theme. A theme can be a color scheme, or a particular subject, or lifestyle. Another way is to create a book or otherwise sell your photography as a product. Show people they should take your work seriously by taking it seriously yourself.

If you are active offline and your work is in galleries, art magazines, etc, you'll find an audience that is ready to really focus on your work. All that could be in article of it's own. On the subject of creating an engaging photography blog the most important things is interaction. Interaction is a two way street. If your photos are artistic focus on explaining them to a general audience in as personal a way as you can imagine and implement. Allow a place and method for the audience to respond, and be ready to reply.

"Design is a Signal of Intention" - William McDonough

In the process of designing your blog or website, pay attention to what your blog or website design says about how you intend for your photography to be perceived.

Let's See What You Think

Here are 3 photography blogs. Check them out and then post in the comments what you think.


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Anderson Cooper is Gay; It Shouldn't Matter. By Isaac Matson.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s admission to being gay is testament to trends in our society and to journalism's meritocracy.

“I’m gay, always have been, always will be,” says the excerpt from an Anderson Cooper email, reprinted in the New York TimesMedia Decoder blog

Despite the bold nature of Cooper’s statement, originally contained in an email sent to The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan, Mr. Cooper has long kept his sexual orientation, along with most other details of his personal life, private. Private, not secret. He had been open with family, friends and CNN colleagues. But Monday’s announcement was the first public admission of his sexual orientation. 

There were a number of reasons Anderson Cooper hesitated to make a public announcement for so long. In the email, published with his permission by Andrew Sullivan, he cities personal reasons, mainly his desire to have some semblance of a private life, a difficult task when you host a prime time news show like CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. 

There were also professional reasons. Cooper is an experienced war reporter, and has made a career out of journeying into, and reporting from, dangerous places (he was the first major news anchor to report from Haiti after the earthquake). He cited a concern for his personal safety and for the safety of coworkers who travel with him, saying “I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own”. 

However, over time, Cooper began to fear that his silence on the issue was being perceived as cowardice or shame, neither of which applied according to the email. And so he made the decision to publicly come out. 

Enter speculation on Mr. Cooper’s creditability. No doubt right-wing conservatives, particularly Evangelical Christians, will cite Cooper’s admission as evidence of bias or that his rise in the media business was a based on something other than merit. It doesn’t help that CNN already garners a less than enthusiastic following among conservatives.  

However, journalism’s meritocracy is unscathed and Cooper’s career is evidence. In 2005 he provided stellar coverage of the aftermath of hurricane Katrina; in 2007 he moderated the first YouTube presidential debate; in 2010 he covered the BP oil spill on the Gulf Coast, spending more time on the ground than any other national news anchor. Relentless in his pursuit of justice, he kept an on-air count of the number of days BP declined interview, saying, “I think there’s a basic lack of transparecny in their dealings.” 

And in 2011 he and his news crew were attacked by pro-Mubarak protesters in Cairo. Politico quotes Cooper describing the incident, “We were set upon by pro-Mubarak supporters, punching us in the heads, attacking my producer, Mary Anne Fox, my cameraman as well, trying to grab his camera, trying to break his camera.”  

Cooper’s work speaks for itself. His sexuality is irrelevant. To claim, without evidence, that a journalist lacks objectivity because he is gay is itself a lack of objectivity. In his email to Sullivan, Cooper writes,

“I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in their work, their private life shouldn’t matter.”

Regardless of profession, one’s career ought to be judged by the quality of their work. Period.

When Barney Frank of Massachusetts announced his retirement after 30 years of service in the House of Representatives, Time magazine’s Joe Klein, having known the representative personally for decades, responded, “I knew Barney Frank before he was gay - at least before he said he was gay.” Klein went on to recount the first time Frank revealed his sexual orientation:  

“A few years later, Barney called Paul Solman - now of the Lehrer News Hour, but my boss back then - and me to meet him at a deli in Brookline. He told us he was gay. Our reaction what? He was such a brilliant, hilarious, enormously ramshackle character [that] his sexual preferences seemed a very small part of the Barney Frank portfolio.”

Joe Klein’s response embodies what it means to place meritocracy first; to put one’s personal life in context when weighing their professional achievements. When a public figure reveals that he or she is gay, there is a strong temptation to let their sexual preference envelop the rest of their lives, for better or for worse. Further in his column, Klein acknowledges this:

“In the end, his [Barney Frank’s] attempts to closet himself were irrelevant - as with all my gay friends, he was, and is, so much more than the sum of sexual preferences.”

Public attitudes toward homosexuals and gay marriage have shifted toward acceptance in the last few years, particularly among the youngest generation, as this chart from Pew Forum shows:

According to The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, in 2001 Americans opposed same sex marriage by a margin of 57% to 35%. In 2012, that margin showed approval, with 47% approving and 43% opposing. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama, who is locked in a tie with challenger Mitt Romney, became the first sitting president to endorse gay marriage, telling an interviewer from ABC News, “It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” The fact that President Obama chose to make this announcement during his reelection bid shows just how much the nation’s opinion on gay issues has changed. 

Regardless of how future generations will view homosexuals, whether with acceptance, ambivalence or indifference, meritocracy - progress based on ability and talent - must be the only avenue through which professional success comes. Too much is at stake to base progress on anything else, whether it be race, religion, sex, sexual preference, political affiliation, or wealth.

Let meritocracy reign.   


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Red Earth Trading Company A Non Profit That Buys From African Artisans and Mobilizes Youthful Volunteers by Busola Laditan

I know about Red Earth Trading Company (RETC) because a friend of mine, Lindsay Clason, volunteers for them. The company buys jewelry, bags, and clothes, etc. from African artisans and then mobilizes a force of mostly young volunteers like her around America to sell the products. Last year she raised money through car washes and donations to travel around America in a van selling these products.

Of course my gut reaction was to make fun of her. That's what you do when a friend of yours gets involved with a cause they love and wants to help people, right? I didn't like the idea that she was doing it for free. Now however as Lindsay is planning her second trip, this time to Africa, my mind is on the other side of the issue.

Red Earth Trading Company was created with a vision of expanding the market of artisans in East Africa. Founded by Travis Garrett in 2010, the company purchases handmade products directly from the creators. They sell products by setting up pop-up stores in big cities, and touring churches, homes, stores, and cafes and setting up little Red Earth sales parties.

In two short years they've gained a foot hold among the fashionable and globally conscious youth alike. The high point of notoriety when down to earth virtuoso jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding wore RETC on the Red Carpet.

"That sounds great", you're thinking.

"Why wouldn't you have supported her from the beginning?"

I did support her. I even played a few songs at a benefit show she did to raise money and sell RETC merchandise. But...

I have a healthy distrust of nonprofits because they're prone to inefficiently handling funds. What turned me on to RETC eventually is how inspirational they are. They inspire their volunteers, by spurring young people to get involved in something they care about. They inspire the artisans, by valuing their work and dealing with them fairly.  They inspire their customers, by encouraging them to purchase consciously and think globally.

The persistent critic that I am, I can't say I'm entirely happy with the program, but their owners Global Support Mission are definitely at the beginning of something special. And I have a policy of not bashing people who are doing good unless I can do better. So I'll probably spend a good part of this summer helping Lindsay raise money for her trip to Africa this summer. (see fundraiser pics on our Facebook)



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