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Photographing in Haiti

9th February 2015

It is time to start a new project and get out of this ‘not doing enough’ slump. So I booked a flight to Port au Prince in Haiti (leaving on Friday the 13th). Booking the flight was the easy part, but what am I going to photograph there?

I was invited as an ‘Artist in residence’ to Varanasi India at the same time, and I intended going there for a month, but somehow Haiti sound more adventurous and less exposed photographically – with  extreme practices. But the question still remains: what is waiting for me there, how to approach photographing there, what am I looking for, and what am I trying to say or show…?…one thing I learned through the years of photographing places, “go to wherever, and things will present themselves to you if you will look carefully”

What I found up to now is that: 90% of Haitians are Catholic, 10% Protestants and 100% Voodoo practitioners.

My understanding (from far away) off the most basic concepts of Voodoo are:

First and foremost Voodoo is a religion. It is the dominant religion of Haiti. Many of the practices and descriptions of Voodoo belief may sound to outsiders like rank superstition, but then, imagine the beliefs of Christianity or Judaism to people who know nothing about it. Tell them about the trinity or the resurrection, or the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist,  that any  intelligent Christian believes in the fullest, would seem no less superstitious to someone unfamiliar with Christianity.

So Voodoo practitioners believe that there is one God, Blondie. This God is very similar to the God of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. There is only one God. (Bob Corbett, March 1988)

God is too distant to communicate with, so we communicate with god via spirits.

That it is for today…so Haiti here we come…and more notes to come as well…

YourDailyPhotograph.com

I just received the following email:

Dear Nathan,

“Congratulations. We are pleased to announce our curators have chosen your image for inclusion into . We select a very small percentage of photographs submitted.

We expect your image to post August 26. You should receive a notice from us with the URL of the page when it runs.

You’re in good company — in the recent past images from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andreas Gursky, Richard Misrach, Andre Kertesz, Edward Burtynsky and other photography legends have appeared in YDP”….

I will post a link to the website a day or two before the 26th of August fore who ever is interested…

this is the image that will be offered on  YourDailyPhotograph.com

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“your daily photograph” (Duncan Miller Gallery)

I was lucky to be one of 30 photographers to have been chosen by the writer & editor Alison Stieven-Taylor a guest curator  for “your daily photograph” by Duncan Miller Gallery in Los Angeles.

yourdailyphotograph.com sends an email daily to its 3800 database of private collectors,  museums, galleries and institutions (74 countries) who then have 24 hours to purchase one of three featured images for that day. Magnum, National Geo and Photo Review all have been a guest curator previously as well.

The “your daily photograph”  is an interesting concept and whoever is interested in seeing the photographs that are offered can register for free on the following link http://www.yourdailyphotograph.com/register

Also I suggest you follow Alison’s blog “Photojournalism Now” http://photojournalismnow.blogspot.com.au/

When My photograph will be offered I will post a link on my Facebook page (Natti Miller), and blog…

Plenty to see on a train ride

Fun & games with Instagram…

Since I discovered Instagram, I like using it to take snaps of photographs (of other photographers) and give them an Instagram ‘twist’…here are some snaps that I have taken of Helmut Newton photographs (you will know which ones) and one photograph that I have taken of my daughter Maytal (the Roller Derby girl) and one of an old photograph of my Grandfather (whom I never met)…it is all about fun & games with Instagram…bringing people closer to the world of photography…

 

Looking at things differently

Sometimes I like not to look at the big picture (as I usually do) and rather to see a part of it and to see if there is something that grabs my attention…here are few images like that…

 

Japan images

I am fascinated with the enthusiasm (and somewhat naivety) of youth, and the excitement they have photographing themselves especially with someone or in a group (they are not posing for me as I am only “dropping in”)…

Robert Capa @ Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

This week I went to the “Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography”. The exhibition now is of Robert Capa 101st year. It is the most comprehensive collection of Capa’s photographs that I ever seen. Any one that is interested in photography (documentary or otherwise) or history for this matter, and happens to be in Tokyo must go see it…

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