May 2nd 2013 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 4

Mill Valley resident and photographer, Sharon Caplan Cohen, tells her story of working with The Image Flow while she was creating the images for her show, Renewal.

Sharon had been making flower Mandalas at her home and photographing them as a way of working through the grief of her mother’s death.

After my mother’s passing and many losses in my life, I found myself in an existential crisis. Daily there was a sense of bewilderment, grief and pain. What emerged was a year long journey making three dimensional mandalas and photographing them. Mysteriously, they started illuminating my soul, when the outward world appeared dry and confusing. The photographs came to represent a journey of loss and resurrection.

Apr 28th 2013 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 2

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Time-lapse images of West Peak that show the contrasts between the beauty of the natural setting and the detritus of the old Air Force Station are just one aspect of the film I’m making. As I wrote in my first blog post, the overall point of this piece is to spearhead a fundraising campaign to restore the peak to its natural state. That means there will be historical material, interviews, reconstructions, and all of the things you’d expect from a storyteller such as Ken Burns.

One of the most important things I need to do is establish the location of the site so that everyone can clearly see where it is. The time-lapse material doesn’t do that very well, so I need to augment it with aerial images. I’m doing this with two kinds of aerial footage: images from a helicopter starting at the Golden Gate Bridge and working up to an orbit of the Peak, and images from a drone shot low and in the ruins themselves. I’ll be combining these with additional footage to establish the setting and emotional pace very early on in the film.

Apr 24th 2013 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0

Digital Art class, youth sumemr art classes

Art Reactor is a digital art school for middle and high school students, created by Jennifer Fry and Josh Cardenas. They teach students how to be artists, not just computer users. By learning the basic principles of art and how to create with digital tools, students can produce amazing, original work! Incredible things like virtual 3D sculpture, vector art, interactive virtual worlds, projection mapping, VJing, and more. Jennifer and Josh strive to have their students become independent artists, developing the technical skill they need to express their creative vision.

Apr 12th 2013 Posted in: Exhibitions, Featured Posts, Photographers 0

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I’ve been to a banquet­—Hendrik Paul’s new show at The Image Flow, Light From Within. It’s a show with crescendos of excitement and photographs that grant the viewer entry into the personal vision of an emerging voice. There are some many faceted gems here. As with any emerging photographer, about one third of the show consists of classic image making. Though masterful, as classic uses of composition, light, tonal value, subject matter, etc., they are images that don’t add anything new to the vocabulary of photography and don’t clear his unique voice. However, these are silenced by the majority of the show, which consists of images that not only add words and phrases to photography’s vocabulary, but also employ these additions to convey stories of genuine seeing.

Mar 28th 2013 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0

  In conjunction with PhotoAlliance, we are hosting Freestyle‘s The World of Inkjet Papers Seminar on April 7. This is going to be an incredible event that you don’t want to miss. Freestyle rep and professional photograher, Eric Joseph, will discuss the technical points and aesthetic differences of every inkjet paper available from the following brands: Arista-II, […]

Mar 25th 2013 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0

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Barbara Hazen is a passionate photographer who recently turned her hobby into a career. She has been working with Stuart one-on-one for the past few years, and had a solo exhibit at The Image Flow in 2012. As part of an ongoing goal to challenge herself photographically, she entered her work into a highly competitive, national juried portfolio review… and was accepted! Read her story of the review experience.

Mar 20th 2013 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0

Trainride to Krakow

Join us Saturday, March 23 for Hendrik Paul’s Light from within art opening.  The exhibit includes stunning images of  the up and coming fine art photographer, from his travels through Germany, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Croatia, Poland, India and his home state, California.

Feb 28th 2013 Posted in: Old Menu 2013, Selected Artists 0
Artwork by David Gibson
Feb 26th 2013 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0

Magnolia Lane. margot Hartford

Born in Canada, Margot Hartford’s love of photography was encouraged while attended a photography poly-technical university in Toronto. After school, she worked as a full-time assistant for an advertising photographer learning more about the practicalities and business of being a commercial shooter.

Feb 25th 2013 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0

Gary Yost, Full moon, Mt Tam Radome

Landscape time-lapse video requires movement to be interesting. That’s usually accomplished by motion control and (more importantly) dramatic moving light in the form of clouds and shadows. In the Bay Area that means winter is our window to shoot time-lapse of any weather besides fog. (As I demonstrated in my Day in the Life of a Fire Lookout video<, fog can be a great subject but when you’re on top of a mountain and pointing the camera upwards it doesn’t help much.) I began shooting for the West Peak project in late December and by early January I had learned a lot about what I need to do to get the shots I want. The West Peak area I’m working in is between 2450 and 2530 feet in elevation and when the cloud ceiling is just around that height the scene becomes very dramatic. The sight of the clouds rolling across the landscape and breaking to reveal the Marin headlands provides strong visual cues that we are on the top of a mountain.

Feb 20th 2013 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0

SFJAZZ Center, Henrik Kam

Henrik Kam has been documenting the creation of the stunning new SF landmark, the SF Jazz Center!

SF Jazz hired him to document the construction and progress of the SF Jazz Center over a period of 18 months. Among other things, Henrik mounted a web-cam to create time lapse sequences. Currently, he is in the process of making the final photos of the project. You can see his work HERE.

Henrik will be working with another impressive SF landmark, the new SFMOMA addition, later this year.

We are happy to have Henrik teaching The Flow’s Architectural Photography and Urban Landscape class again this year. His knowledge of the San Francisco landscape, on the ground technical and artistic experience and thorough understanding of architectural photography will make for an amazing class!

Feb 14th 2013 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0

Gary Yost, West Peak Project

Photographer and filmmaker Gary Yost writes about his project to document the history of the lost West Peak of Mt. Tamalpais.

Over the past two months I’ve been busy conducting initial tests of new motion-control equipment I’ve acquired for creating the time-lapse portion of the project. One of my frustrations with the two-foot slider I used in the Fire Lookout piece is that it wasn’t long enough to provide enough visual parallax cues to make larger scenes look three-dimensional. These parallax cues are essential to providing an immersive sense of the scene because when the camera is moving, closer objects will move across your visual field much more quickly than objects farther away. When shooting basic time-lapse sequences you can easily lock the camera down on a tripod and shoot a frame every few seconds. That’s easy to do, but to get parallax effects you need to mount the camera on a motorized slider that will move it a fraction of an inch after every shot. This technique was invented by Ron Fricke in the late 1970s for the groundbreaking film Koyannisqatsi, and then refined for his later masterpieces, Chronos, Baraka, and 2012’s Samsara.

Feb 12th 2013 Posted in: Blog 0

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Stuart and I (Barbara Bowman) took a field trip today.

We went to the CODEX Book Fair …and were blown away! We went looking for bindings, and found so much more than that.We had not expected such spectacular talent, nor such passion for the art of making books. There were incredible artists from all over the world showing pieces that made our jaws drop in amazement.

The website does not do it justice. But take our word; its impressive!

Tomorrow, Wednesday is the last day. Make time for it if you can! Its a short drive and well worth it. Its at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, in the old Ford Assembly Plant.

Feb 12th 2013 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0

Alexa Dilworth, Publishing Director and Senior Editor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS), was one of the judges at PhotoPhilanthrophy’s Activist’s Awards live judging here at The Image Flow in January.

She has written an honest and thought provoking blog for PhotoPhilanthropy about her experience as a judge and some of the challenges she encountered.

How does a photographer create a body of work that viewers can really see, take in with an awakened sensibility, and be engaged enough with to act, to answer a call to action?

Feb 7th 2013 Posted in: Featured Posts, Photographers, Workshops 0

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Jeff Zaruba likes to get into the “why” behind his students’ interest in photography and help them to understand their vision and curiosity.

Teaching comes naturally to Jeff Zaruba and he finds working with his students incredibly rewarding as he helps them gain the confidence they need to reach the next level of their artistic potential. In his commercial photography business, he has worked closely with each of his assistants, well over a dozen in 30 years, teaching them each the skill, art, and business of photography until they are ready to go off and start their own careers.

Feb 1st 2013 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0

Here are just a few of the things that are keeping us busy.

EVENTS

The Jones Family by Liz Hingley, on behalf of Save The Children The Jones Family by Liz Hingley, on behalf of Save The Children

The Image Flow hosted the live judging of PhotoPhilanthropy’s Activists Awards on Saturday. It was a full and fascinating day! Close to 50 photo essays were critiqued and culled down to finalists by a panel of 5 impressive judges: Margaret Aquirre, Phil Borges, Alexa Dilworth, John Isaac & Denise Wolff.  A winner and 2 finalists were awarded in each of these three categories:  Amateur, Student and Professional. Liz Hingley’s image (above) was part of a series that won The Activists Award in the Professional Category.

Jan 28th 2013 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 1

Gary Yost
Photographer and filmmaker Gary Yost writes about his project to document the history of the lost West Peak of Mt. Tamalpais.

I am a Mill Valley-based photographer and filmmaker who likes to tell stories, big and small. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to be a part of some very interesting local community activities.

One of my 2012 projects was to document what a day in the life of a fire lookout on the East Peak of Mt. Tamalpais is like. I created it primarily as a recruitment piece for the Marin County Fire Department, but it saw much wider distribution as a testimony to the beauty of our mountain. There are a number of reasons for its popularity but I think the two biggest are that it shows an aspect of the mountain that nobody has seen before and it uses time-lapse techniques to illustrate how time passes in a way that we can’t see with our naked eyes.

Jan 14th 2013 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0
Activists Awards and a Brief History of Photojournalism

The live judging of PhotoPhilanthopy’s Activists Awards (at The Image Flow January 26, 2013) has turned our attention to the history of photojournalism. PhotoPhilanthropy’s Activists Awards PhotoPhilanthropy is a Private Family Foundation whose mission is to “…address critical social and environmental issues by providing nonprofits and photographers with the resources to work together to create […]

Dec 22nd 2012 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0

We received an email from the Santa Fe Workshops today that we wanted to share with you.   The Sandy Hook Tragedy: A Unique Opportunity to Help On December 7 we announced that Brian Toogood was the Grand Prize winner of our OUTSIDE photo contest. Yesterday, we discovered just how aptly named Brian Toogood truly […]

Dec 20th 2012 Posted in: Blog 0

If you are a user of Instagram, whether you think its a great form of social media or think its a fun photography app, you should be aware of their privacy use.