The Tempe Arts Festival is held twice a year, and I’ve always made it a point to attend for the sake of checking out the photographers stalls. I mention the frequency, because it’s about the only time I’ll travel a good 45 minutes to get there from my place…plus, it’s held over a weekend, so there’s no rush to be anywhere else. :)
I thought I’d take the concept of “photographing the photographer” in a different manner, this one without a camera or tripod in sight. Our fellow picture taker is the gentleman in the orange shirt, to the right, in front of his postcard stand.
For many years of attending this festival, I had wanted to be like so many of these other shutterbugs, many times even asking them if they needed an apprentice. About a year or so ago, my mindset changed…I didn’t want to be like them, I wanted to be like ME. Now, if I could just figure out what that's all about, I’d be in great shape. lol
Anyway, I thought this was a bit like peering through the looking glass, and at the same time catching a corner of the festivals attractions.
Thanks for stopping by.
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fabbs99 (17133) 2014-04-16 21:50
Great shot of the art festival.Very well captured with good sharpness and warm colors.
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-04-16 23:24
super framing and the result is very interesting. The idea of creating the background almost entirely of the pictures paid back in colorful and intriguing photo. The small group of people looking at the paintings blends very nicely with the settings. Overall very good quality.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy the day ahead!
serp2000 (43835) 2014-04-17 0:24
Well, I see you come with P.I.P show today, dear friend! ;) Your art photo reminds me my visit to the Norton Simon Museum last Saturday. And there is also a lot of people with shorts and sneakers ;)
Greetings from Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow!
Thanks for your warm words!
Royaldevon (37999) 2014-04-17 1:57
We've all been there, Jason, wondering if we could do what others have done but, in the end, you're right, you have to be true to your own style; that's what makes your photographs honest.
On TE, I'll bet you can recognise the style of quite a few photographers.
Occasionally, you'll take a shot which has, maybe, a different angle, and that could take you on a whole new journey! But, your style will emerge.
I like the fact you have recognised your own integrity and are much more comfortable with that!
This is a most interesting shot. We all love to look at the examples of other photographers and, here, we can do that unobserved, sharing it with like-minded people. It is detailed, colourful and nicely composed.
Have a great day,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-17 2:09
Thought these photographs were yours and you were showing us all the happy punters waiting to hand over extreme amounts of cash for your talent! But No! - soooo disappointed ;-(
Good to see you have gone beyond the bounds of Feeenix to get some shots of your awesome State though. I thought 45 mins travel in the US was a wee trip to the local supermarket :-P
This guy's work does look amazing and it is a wonderfully candid shot that is full of interest, and I really like the idea of a picture within a picture. Sounds like the lyric to a song but cannot get my furry grey matter to grasp it this morning.
Did you get this bloke's card; I assume he has a webby too?
Hey big guy what's with the new avatar? Looks like Serghei's shampoo has done wonders with your hair and obviously the gym is working wonders too. A very Tom of Finland look about it :-)))))))
Enjoy the weekend - Easter here, not sure if it falls on the same weekend over there. But if it does, hope you get some choccy eggs! - OO! And leave the bunnies alone too!
ikeharel (69941) 2014-04-17 4:10
Nice taaken on the streets of Montmartre, Jason, where all the painters display work outdoors. Ooops... very big mistake made - but that what I first thought when opened the thumbernail. Later, when taken a second look at, realized the landscape painted is the Grand-Canyon and other desert sceneries.
Fine taken shot, with the people in front, express interest on the art works.
Sergiom (77537) 2014-04-17 5:25
Même si ces étals de peinture se trouvent partout sur la route des touristes, je ne me souviens pas en avoir vu une seule se vendre. Quoique quand je regarde de plus près , ces photos semblent de grande qualité et attirent beaucoup.
irek1 (861) 2014-04-17 5:53
Nice idea of the photo. Maybe these pictures are not in my style, but the colors are great. The composition with pany people is dynamic and vivid.
I think that the photo is cheerful.
ps. Nice new photo on your TE profile. I really like it.
holmertz (51310) 2014-04-17 7:23
I can't make out the quality of the photos from this distance, but they did provide you with a lot of colors, which isn't so bad for another color photo. I would surely have taken the same kind of picture if I had been there. I love this kind of study of human behavior.
lousat (89930) 2014-04-17 9:05
Hi Jason,very interesting note and a beautiful and rich composition too,full of life,people and colors,excellent idea for an original post,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Cricri (117961) 2014-04-17 9:07
Hello mon ami Jason, qui me réveille a 4h du matin :-)
C'est des longs trajets chez toi, 45'm!!! mais c'est un festival qui vaut surement la peine a voir, je suis contente que tu le présente, c'est toujours intéressant, j'aime ce stand de photos, les paysages sont merveilleux, tu en a présenter aussi et j'aime ta façon personnelle comme a chacun a son style.....sorry je ne sais pas écrite ou plutôt m'exprimer par écrit comme toi tu sais si bien le faire .....
En attende d'une autre belle image du festival, passe une agréable soirée...heu non journée :-)
Noel_Byrne (30546) 2014-04-17 9:22
I mentioned before I like a picture in a picture, but this is a new level altogether! From what we can see, it looks like this shutterbug has a beautiful collection, and there are some vivid and amazing colors in there. I wonder does he sell enough to make a living?
I reckon that next yeat, you should set up a stand next to him, selling pictures only of him selling his pictures. That would be some way to mess with his mind :)
All the best from back in soggy old Ireland! I have some skyscraper pictures to play with!!
carlo62 (46575) 2014-04-17 15:48
ognuno deve essere quello che è, non ha nessuna importanza. Non si possono imitare gli altri, si possono prendere idee, ma poi bisogna svilupparle noi stessi.
Il fotografo che hai ripreso è sicuramente bravo, ha esposto molte belle immagini, ma questa foto l'hai fatta tu, non lui e, in questo momento, questa foto è quella che conta.
mcmtanyel (21810) 2014-04-17 18:26
Yes, who photographs the photographers? I have derived this saying from the Star Trek Next Generation episode, Who Watches the Watchers? The colors and patterns from your POV are lovely and so is the sunshine.
Yes, Old Man Winter did not survive very long around here, after two days it left but not without harming the daffodils and the white dogwoods that had already bloomed.
omid266 (6746) 2014-04-17 20:38
very good shot from art festival and fair, with good sharpness and clarity , good place captured,
very well done , Thanks friend,
Have a nice day, Regards
marabu61 (10815) 2014-04-18 3:01
Reading your note, I can only say "been there, done that". Haven't we all be in situations that we wanted to be able to copie some of the great work of other photographers. But as you say, in the end we have to be true to ourselves and just enjoy what we do and learn by our mistakes, finding our own style in the end.
Your composition, through to your story, gets a whole other meaning, although it is a rather mundane scene.
jhm (151570) 2014-04-18 4:53
I have learned, in the last ten years to remain calm and quiet, also on TE can for me everything slow.
Not every day a new picture, notwithstanding I have 50.000 picture on different extern disks.
These daily live picture is absolutely pleasant to look at also your note.
But your picture is very well taken, in high quality
Excellent composittion, pleasant of colours too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Easter weekend for you and your family,
Didi (60588) 2014-04-20 9:13
I think I can make good business for selling pictures there :)
Good balance between lights and shades
jemaflor (96143) 2014-04-23 23:22
Original title, well seen, good colors effect, well composed with people, maybe the sharpness is not top, a detail.
Waylim (25502) 2014-05-01 22:36
Interesting point, photographing photography :) But hey why not. It is like a painter doing a painting of a painting, you can learn from it.
It is always nice to see what other photographer do and what they shot, we can lean to do the same but different. I attend a few in LA, big event hundreds of famous and up. It can be over whelming to absorbed all that we see in one day. I have to say there are wonderful stuff and there are a lot manipulated images that I find distasteful, but still get lot of attention. Oh well. Beauty's in the eyes of the beholder.
ourania (44398) 2014-05-20 14:30
an effective simple composition that isolates the people from any other context besides that of the exhibition. The strong association between the people and the photographs displayed raises thoughts and leads to daydreaming. I like the thoughts that you describe in your note, they convey an enthusiasm most of us can share. You balanced the lighting very aptly, there's great clarity and the colours are very attractive. It's irresistible to linger and explore the pictures, the views, the viewers and their attitudes. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
- Copyright: Jason Cowling (jcpix) (13914)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-00
- Categories: Festivals
- Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Pictures at an Exhibition II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-16 20:21