Every week we recognize an exceptional image by a BFP member and “pin” it to the top of our facebook stream for reward and inspiration. This past week’s winner is photographer Jumoke Sanwo’s haunting black and white self portrait.  You can see more of her work on her blog http://jumokeshotme.shutterchance.com/.Read More →

St .Joseph

Documentary photographer Monica Hendricks is an artist with great interest in themes of identity, particularly within the African-American community. She also examines subcultures, counter-cultures, and various social issues. This photo essay provides a glimpse into her work. View in Lightbox by clicking any of the images. In January 2010, when I began my project on the historic cemeteries of Shreveport, Louisiana, I was curious. I wanted to know more about these sacred spaces I saw located throughout the city. I began researching, thinking that, by examining the way the deceased are cared for by the living, I could learn more about local society as aRead More →

Want to create visually interesting images? Then don’t forget about the rule of thirds. Today we continue in the series, Photography 101 with a quick tutorial explaining the rule of thirds and how to apply it to images. One of the common “mistakes” photographers can make is to put the important elements of a photo in the dead center of the shot. While this may work in some cases, this generally leads to a dull, flat image. That is where the rule of thirds comes in. It is fairly simple. The rule of thirds suggests that an image be divided into nine equal parts asRead More →

The DAWA Project

Washington based photographer Kariba Jack was concerned about cuts to arts funding. She was inspired to start a not-for-profit to support arts education for children.  Here we present a brief Q&A with Ms. Jack as she explains all about the DAWA Project. BFP: What is the DAWA Project? KJ: The DAWA Project is a non-profit organization that aims to empower our young people and help teach the values of self-worth, honesty, confidence, artistic ability, and compassion while supporting community involvement. DAWA stands for Developing Artistic Women’s Awareness. We are currently based in Washington State but we have plans to expand nationally. BFP: What inspired youRead More →

If someone told me 8 years ago that I would be where I am today, I would not have believed them. Eight years ago, fantasy photography was the farthest thing from my mind. I began my career working as a photo lab assistant at a local photography studio. I was behind a counter serving customers and taking passport photos. Then it happened. One day, I was offered the opportunity to get behind a camera and learn real photography. I jumped at that chance. I was super nervous at first but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. At the time, I was mainly doingRead More →

Tulip BFP

The photography industry has had its share of controversies. For contemporary photographers, it may be difficult to imagine that color photography and autofocus were both highly controversial when they were first developed. It appears that those in the photography industry have always had a difficult time dealing with change. What was true then is also true now. Today, the photography industry is dealing with many new issues. Everything from the copyright implications of Pinterest to how “shoot and burn” photographers are effecting the revenue possibilities of offering prints. However, there is no greater controversy than the rise of mobile photography and the use of theRead More →

It is July and the dog days of summer are upon us. What better time to sit back, get a cool drink and revisit some of the basics of photography. This is the first post in a 5 part series on photography fundamentals called Photography 101. Over the next five weeks, we will cover: The exposure triangle Rule of thirds Depth of field Lighting basics Composing a shot Let’s jump in and get started. The exposure triangle is a simple graphic depiction of the three elements one needs to consider when trying to get a properly exposed shot. It consists of three interconnected parts: aperture,Read More →