A Post About Nothing

15 thoughts on “A Post About Nothing”

  1. Your inner discussion about film, digital, modern, new is important. I also fighted (and still do sometimes) with that. Very important for your growth. Anyway, it distracts from more important thing. From your focus of what (the theme, the subject) you shoot….. Greetings from the Czech Republic!

  2. Hi Josh,

    Your post ‘about nothing’ inspired me not to reply!

    I really enjoyed the photos about that korean town, mired in it’s struggle between tradition and modernity. But is not the modernity of today the classics of tomorrow. The world is evolving and those classifications evolve with it.

    Of course I’m not talking about gear, it’s all about the feel of Gunsan! But in the end each of the facettes of Gunsan is equally valid and forms the whole. The traditional parts, steeped in sepia with that nostalgic glow and the starker, modern quarters with their rougher edges…

    I prefer the classic parts of town, but that is just me. And as I know myself I’d always try, as you said, to put a modern interior into a traditionally styled house. Question of taste.

    Nice photos by the way, even the ‘modern’ ones!

  3. The pictures are great and give me an uneasy feeling, like life wasn’t always so peaceful here. But I’m really curious about how the streets look normal here, but in Korean movies all streets seem to be built on hills? I mean, going up hills? There is one place in the Bronx that is built going up a high hill. Anyway, your pictures are great!

    1. haha, I suppose it is no different to how a lot of TV and movies supposedly in NYC are actually shot in Toronto so people are often confused by the feeling they get when they travel to New York. Although, most of the Korean TV or movies I’ve watched general feels quite true to what the country looks like. I would guess the answer is the part of Korea they film in most often might be hilly? I don’t know for sure though. I know the place where these photos were taken was where they filmed the movie “Christmas in August” if that helps 😉

  4. I dunno what it is but I enjoy your posts regardless of what you’re talking about! I have been subbed via rss for at least a year and I always look forward to your thoughts and images!

  5. Dude, you dropped two amazing photos in this post – the one with the two kids riding their bikes, and the second with the kids blowing bubbles from the open window. I wasn’t prepared for that in the mix of city shots. So well done. Really enjoy your writing, photos and life journey you’re gracious to share with us.

  6. Interesting side-by-side analog/digital shots here. You clearly love your film images creamy and smooth, while you don’t go light on contrast when you process digital input, and keep those strictly neutral toned. Makes it easy to distinguish the two. But which style do you prefer? (My personal answer is: the former…)
    Because if one is better, for you, than the other, there is no reason why you should not be able to match the output to the values you prefer. Those film scans can be post-processed for greater contrast too; and vice-versa you can tone your digital input to achieve the same creaminess, going lighter on contrast…
    Unless, of course, a clear separation of styles is what you are after, to underline the difference in inputs. Are you, unconsciously or not, ‘protecting’ your love for film from the encroachment of digital tools?
    Whatever you do, the framing is your key signature anyways.
    Thanks for sharing your work, again.

    1. I think that last statement is just about right. Some sort of weird protection. And I also definitely prefer the film. I usually process my digital to look as close to these as possible (see the new GR post for proof) but I do this mostly only to try and keep my Instagram feed consistent looking ha. A stupid reason, I know but there you go. I will continue with film indefinitely. I feel like I have found myself in this medium. I enjoy it and it feels right. Not only that but, I love the camera I’m using so much. I’ve used it for nearly three times as long as any other camera I’ve had and literally feel no need for anything else.

      1. You’ve found your blissful flow tool. Stick with it and hold it dear! 🙂

        As for consistent look, I don’t think it is a stupid reason at all. I wrote that your framing (you’re not afraid of breaking the rule of thirds, your images are oftentimes unashamedly centered) is your signature, and I stand by that statement; but it is also true that a jarring series of images skipping from toned to neutral, or from flattish to heavily contrasted (horror: from color to BW!), is instinctively a put-off. So sticking with a constant ‘look’ in processing terms is, in my mind, quite useful to draw people into your work. You can then use a change in look to separate projects and/or subjects perhaps, if you feel you need experimenting or sending different messages that way…

      2. Giovanni really nailed the technical part of your post. I’d like to add that I enjoyed to watch out for the subtle differences in the side by side comparisons. Sometimes the model posed differently, sometimes the framing was a bit wider or narrower. Or the texture of the clothes was more or less pronounced. It made me look longer than usual.
        I want to add that as for film simulation the VSCO on the iPhone does now a really good job if you subscribe to their VSCO X subscription offering. It’s 20 bucks a year and you get excellent film simulations, a high degree of customization with many tools to adapt to your personal style. I must admit that the app (together with casual use of Lightroom mobile) made me forget about my GRII. I can shoot using the native camera and either get the GR’s look or whatever I feel makes sense for the situation I was shooting in. Some situations simply cry for a certain visual style.
        Anyway, I’m a longtime reader of your blog and it’s always a win to read about your personal and artistic development.

      3. Thanks! I tried VSCO for a little while but I found the interface annoying and unintuitive. I guess I am a bit of a creature of habit so Snapseed it will continue to be for me. With the GR I use a yellow filter anyway so not much color from that. In this post, I think what I was most trying to get across was that I think for me, my film work looks 1000% better, haha.

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