Sunday, September 18, 2011

INKED: Andrea Lee Duncan

Andrea Lee Duncan, 25, agency-represented actress

At what age did you get your first tattoo? Have you gotten your last one yet?

I got my first ink when I was 18, many piercings before that. I “design” all of my tats to represent a significance in my life...whether it be a person, event, saying, etc. Out of my nineteen tattoos, 3/4 are in a different language, mainly Sanskrit or Korean. I’ve never looked at a tattoo in a parlor and pointed at it and chose it. I graphically design or draw all of my tattoos. My 19th is not my last....I am working on a quarter sleeve and have no intention of stopping additions to it.

What’s the significance of your largest tattoo?

My largest tattoo is a color monet of the late jazz singer Amy Winehouse. She is one of my biggest artistic influences. I got that one alone with a song lyric by her in October of last year.

Do people see you differently now? How?

People stop and look at them and ask questions frequently....everyone has some opinion to offer or some judgment. I just listen and nod. I see people as being more judgmental than a human has the right to be. People see me differently in many, many just depends who you ask.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I'm two!

The blog turns two years old today! I feel so grown up...two years in blog years is like 10 years in human years;)

This last year has been a good one too! I had some more time in the studio earlier in the year. I did that 50/50 project thing (so glad it was only 50 days!) I started documenting some of the places from my childhood. And there were a bunch of shoots that I was really happy with the outcome of!

I learned that it's always better to shoot with an assistant now I am always on the lookout for some willing hands! Same goes for a make-up artist. I never fully appreciated how important a good MUA is to a shoot until I started getting into photoshop more and saw the difference in the final outcome! I've also learned that if you have your camera with you a lot, you will get better pictures and have interesting opportunities present themselves to you more than if you leave the camera at home. I've become far less shy in just taking out the huge SLR and taking pictures in all kinds of situations. Why not right?

I also finally got a real domain name for the blog this year, which seems trivial but to me was a big step! So now you can tell your friends (please do) that WWW.GUYWITHCAMERA.NET is the place to be! Blog traffic has been up also. So "thank you" new fans! And "thank you" old fans times two for sticking around!

So where is this guy with camera going in the next year? Lots of places! I have some new projects on the horizon to keep the next year interesting. If you call yourself a photographer, I think it's important to give yourself projects to do that will help you grow. Otherwise, unless you're so busy from getting paid work, the natural tendency is to read more about photography than to actually do photography: Before you know it you're lucky if you get your camera out of the bag once a month to shoot snapshots at family parties, and you're bored out of your mind! So projects serve to make sure that photography remains an action, something I do, not just something I read about or consume online!

I started a project called INKED which should be long-term...and I will look to continue this as the weather gets colder. I am thinking about trying out a new genre called 'street photography' which will really force me to do a lot of things that I am uncomfortable with, and consequently grow as a photographer. I am also getting into stock photography, and will be looking to do much more of that in the coming year. When I have time, I am also going to make some photoshop tutorials for everyone. And I have one last project that is different from all of the above, but I can't unveil that one until I'm you will have to stay tuned for details...

Lastly, I would just like to thank my beautiful wife for all the support on the photography thing over the past several years. I know that sometimes it can be annoying to be married to a GWC, but your encouragement really keeps me going. I love you!

All-in-all, I am very happy with where this blog has taken me, and I hope to continue for a long, long time. Lots of things will change over time, but I will always be guy with camera (dot net baby, yeah!!!)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ten years after 9/11/01

I was in the right place at the right time last week, and had a chance random opportunity to go to the top of the newly-constructed 7 World Trade Center building. I tried to get a few good pictures, window-glare aside.

Ground Zero

Inside 7 World Trade Center.

1 World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) under construction.

Ten years later, and I think the September 11th attacks make me angrier now than they did at the time. Watching all the recycled news footage of the planes going into the buildings instantly brings back all those feelings I had 10 years ago...a 20 year-old college kid who could smell the smoke from his apartment in the Bronx, who was angry, frustrated, and saddened. At that time, I was hoping that we'd nuke the shit out of whatever country supported the people behind the attacks, and anywhere else that shared the same fundamentalist mentality. If your society has willingly failed to make progress since the middle-ages, it was time for us to help you along with some of the advanced technology that capitalism has helped create. Did we really need to pinpoint the offending individuals, or could we just figure out their location within 500 miles and annihilate with a wide margin?

Ten years later and I'm glad that cooler heads prevailed. There is a reason that our country isn't led by pissed-off 20 year-old guys. And although it seems like we have made some progress in the world, we have also had some misadventures. Overall, I don't feel much safer, and think another attack of some sort is bound to happen eventually. It's just the nature of a free society; someone will take advantage, and something will eventually get through.

FDNY Engine 343

If it happens again, will we continue to hold back and show our humanity? Should we?

Never forgive, never forget.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

INKED: J. Michael Kent

I have always been fascinated with tattoos. Especially the big colorful ones in conspicuous places that people can't hide. Something about just going for it and permanently altering your image in a way that people notice within two seconds of meeting you seems both scary and exciting.

INKED is my new portrait series focusing on people with significant tattoos. The kind of tattoos that can't be hidden with a T-shirt. The kind of tattoos that can affect job opportunities and social interactions. The kind of tattoos that can also look really damn cool! Those are the people I am looking for! So without further delay, here is the first subject, and a mini-interview:

J. Michael Kent, 29, Transporter

At what age did you get your first tattoo? Have you gotten your last one yet?

Sixteen. There will be many more tattoos to come!

What’s the significance of your largest tattoo?

I have two half-sleeves on my left arm and to be honest they don't hold much significance. I'm attracted to vivid colors and artwork and was lucky enough to work with an artist who understood that.

What does your ink say about you?

Some of it represents my interests for sci-fi and horror. Definitely leaning more towards sci-fi. My interest for horror-themed tattoos is growing more and more and I can't wait to get started. My other tattoos represent my views toward artwork.

Do people see you differently now? How?

I don't focus my attention on anyone who would view my tattoos in a negative way. It's awesome that tattoos are now more socially accepted because it allows me not to be viewed differently.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Last few from Ireland

The Burren
The Burren

In no particular order, here are the last few pics worth posting from our trip to Ireland...enjoy!


Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher

The Mrs. and some birds

out to sea
Looking out to sea is my name
Guy W. O'Camera

Of course, the photo credit of the pictures of yours truly goes to Mrs. GWC!
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