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Camera and Inspiration #32 | PPN | Inspiration for photo assignments and projects - with Valérie Jardin
To start off the new year for our PPN listeners, Marco has invited back his photographer friend Valérie Jardin to share some inspiration for photo assignments and projects with the audience.
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Valérie Jardin is a French photographer, currently residing in the United States. She is self-taught and worked for several years as a commercial photographer. Today, Valérie is known internationally through her workshops. When she is not teaching others the art of visual storytelling, Valérie is a prolific author, a speaker, and a podcast producer of the bi-weekly show Hit The Streets with Valérie Jardin. She is also an official X-Photographer for Fujifilm USA. She lives and breathes in pixels
Inspirational Photographer of the Month:
Valérie picked Neil Kramer from the US as the PPN inspirational photographer of the month. Neil has inspired Valérie with his photo series that is documenting his life with his ex-wife and 86-years-old mother inside his two-bedroom apartment during the lockdown. Neil is a great example of how a photographer can find inspiration and a photo project even in the most limiting circumstances. Neil and his photo series have been covered by international media outlets, such as NBC’s The Today Show, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan Japan, and more. You can check out Neil’s work on Instagram: @neilochka https://www.instagram.com/neilochka/
Current projects by Valérie:
ON ICE: https://valeriejardinphotography.com/on-ice
Objet du Jour: https://valeriejardinphotography.com/objet-du-jour
Inspirational Photo Book Pick of the Month:
“Street Photography Assignments - 75 reasons to Hit the Streets and Learn.” by Valérie Jardin.
In this book, Valérie offers 75 hands-on photo assignments for photographers, that can get you inspired and motivated to go out with your camera and improve your vision and skills.
The book is published by: rockynook and has 204 pages.
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On the monthly “Camera and Inspiration” podcast show of the PPN - Photo Podcast Network, Marco and usually a guest discuss the essence of photography and how to photograph with more intent. Determining the “why” before the “how” in photography is essential to understanding your subject better and creating stronger images. In each episode, they introduce you to an inspirational photographer of the month and also share an inspirational photo book of the month.
Marco Larousse is a journalist and fine art, street and documentary photographer, educator, speaker, and podcast producer of photography related topics - MarcoLarousse.com. Marco has a background in photography of 30+ years.
Hi Valerie, hi Marco,
Moin Marco, was mich motiviert in die Stadt zu gehen und zu fotografieren? Kunstausstellungen, öffentliche Ereignisse, wie der 1.Mai, Fridays for Future beispielsweise, oder einfach „nur“ die Suche nach neuen Blickwinkeln.
My motivation to shoot is often the light - I'm much more likely to head out with my camera if there's the promise of some beautiful light to create dramatic light and shade. For times when the light isn't inspiring I have ongoing projects to keep me motivated. At the moment this is an exploration of pinhole photography (I shot at least one new pinhole shot each day in January and several times a week since then) - today's mini project within this was some close ups of the beautiful spring flowers in our garden. I haven't tried using a pinhole camera for street photography yet, but plan to experiment with this when we're allowed out onto the streets again!
does it count when I've only done street photography 2 or 3 times in my life and I don't shoot anymore? :D the reason I really like street photography was my motivation to go and try. all the people, lights/shadows, high contrast & random coincidences that happen on the streets.
My motivation to shoot is just about anything. I have a long standing project capturing life in the small historic village in which I live. I also have a collection of old vintage cameras and love to shoot them. One day I might be shooting landscapes with my Fuji XT3 and the next I might be shooting street with a 1939 Graflex Speed Graphic. I guess you could say my motivation is life in general. I’ve been a photographer for 47 years so its just what I do 😀
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