Here are my honest and true opinions on five webpages that revolve
the around the broad, vast world of photography. This is a growing page,
so there are soon more to come...
This is Our
Work: The Legacy of Sir William Osler
For those of you who may think that the hospital is a cold, sterile
environment, will see a warm, humane portrayal of the medical profession on
This is Our Work: The Legacy of Sir William Olser homepage. This
simple, yet precise-looking website is to promote the book of the same name
by Canadian photographer, Ted Grant. The book version of This is Our
Work... contains Grant's warm, inspiring B&W photos of modern-day
doctors and nurses, plus quotes by Sir William Osler.
Six of Grant's photographs are displayed throughout this website. Among
these images are: a tasteful shot of a smiling doctor presenting a newborn
to its mother, a man playfully examing the throat of a child, and a
seemingly-optimistic doctor looking at x-rays. A sizable biography of Ted
Grant and his 40-year career in photojournalism, and commercial and medical
photography is provided. Plus, there is additional information on how to
order the book.
There are a couple of minor problems and concerns about this website. One
is that the pictures need to be viewed on a monitor that contains a
thousand colors or more, or else the images will look muddy (due to digital
dithering). Also, it would be nice if this site would provide a bio on Sir
William Olser, since he was the main reason of why Grant concieved This
is Our Work... in the first place. Otherwise, this site and it's
subject are very wonderful, and interesting as well!
If you or your business is in need of a place that specializes in family
portraits, commercial photography, "inspirational" posters or perhaps any
kind of photography in general, DSF Photography in Colorado Springs,
Colorado would be able to help you. DSF's simple, yet concise site is
basically an advertisement for their business. But other than that, this
site provides very little else.
The DSF website has a small photo gallery, but the folks at DSF do
shortchange theirselves by only displaying a few advertisment-friendly,
scenic shots of Alaska, Hawaii, and Colorado. If you happen to like any
them, you can buy 11x17 prints of the images. They look rather ideal for
the average office or den.
The main problem with this site is that since DSF produces various types of
photograhy, their gallery should be more reflective of the work they
produce, instead of just displaying their images of Alaska, Hawaii, and
Colorado. However, DSF Photography can always improve in the future. They
do have a comments page and we can give them some suggestions.
Making of Myths
Would you like to see mythical characters that are beautifully submerged
in a world of fantasy? Then check out photographer Suza Scalora's
ambitious and intreguing Mythopoepia: The Making of Myth's. This
website provides a wide array of images under the catagories of the Holy,
the Immortal, the Fables, and the Damned. Scalora invites you to provide
stories about each character. She is planning to use some of the stories
in her CD Rom and book versions of Mythopoeia... However, some of
the images are easier to get to than others. A more creative, if not
better, alternative is to go to the Color Therapy page (which has a spiffy,
60's-styled logo!) where you can access the photos by clicking on a color
that would happen to be the predominant hue of a specific image. The Color
Therapy page also allows you to buy prints of the photographs.
Scalora's photos are technically and creatively exciting. The settings are
usually simple, but her use of models, make-up, lighting and
digital-imaging are amazing. Eventhough, I am not very interested in
mythicism and fantasy, I really like the Mythopoeia... home page.
It is mainly because Suza Scalora's enthusiasm for her photographic work
and multimedia projects greatly shows.
Stacy's Home Journal
I love the VR (virtual reality) panoramic picture of several adjointed
buildings and streets in New York on Stacy's Home Journal.
Rodenstock's pages nicely utilizes frames, as you are able to easily go in
and out of them, unlike a number of frames-based pages. The fonts (New
Berolina MT, Pepita MT, and Script MT Bold) used on this page are nice, but
they can be a little hard to read in some parts. On the down side of
Stacy's Home Journal, the information provided about Rodenstock and
her work is limited and esoteric that some people may find it
uninteresting. Plus, some of the layout tends to a bit cluttered.
The two main images on Rodenstock's site are Pat Robinson at a Christian
Coalition rally and a shot of some members at a Promise Keepers convention.
Her images are so powerful and technically well-done that you may feel like
you are at one of these events. But, unless you are a member or a fan of
the Christian Coalition or the Promise Keepers, you probably won't like the
impact of what these photos possess. Stacy's Home Journal does,
however, provide a lengthy list of links to other photography-related web
This SF-based, on-line design and production group promotes the work of
a diverse range of modern-day famous and obscure photographers. Every two
months, Focal Point F8 features a specific number of these
photographer's portfolios in order to auction off one of their prints. So
far, Focal Point is on their second section of portfolios. They
also have a growing resource page of competitions, events, exhibits,
galleries, et al. Their home page possesses sort of a serious,
organzational look as they feature heavily-endorsed photo competions and
journals. However, the page is also too long, and is crammed with lots of
information. Focal Point should consider shortening it and putting
some of the text on to other pages. But nevertheless, they do feature a
lot of wonderful photographs by some really talented people.
Among the works in Section #2, the award-winning, documentary photographer,
Susan Meiselas offers five images of events and daily rituals in El
Salvador. Roberto Soncin Gerometta shows the amazing things he can do with
river reflections and other people, places and things in Venice, Italy.
And Chris Faust gives us screen-filling, panaromic shots of streets,
sidewalks, railroad tracks, and man-made arches in Midwestern suburbia.
Click on Section #1, and observe Mark Bryan Brown's intreguing document on
the people and the culture of the former Soviet Union. Kim Stringfellow
takes her French literature, pop cultrue and mythicism influences and puts
them on to her Planeteria portfolio of dye-transfer images. If you
really want to amuse yourself, check out the color-saturated, fish-eyed
lens images of both mundane and strange scenes by commercial photographer
Susan Werner. Her photos feature John Walters, Jose Eber, baby dogs, and
other surreal-like characters and situations...
So, if you happen to be an avid collector of modern photography, and you
don't mind taking part in an on-line auction, do consider going to Focal
Point f8 for a diverse range of images.
Any comments, criticisms and love pats about any of mine, please feel
free to tell me.
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