iPhone Street Photography

This post is inspired by a recent KPCC Audiovision post “The Souls of LA” featuring the intimate street portraits by photographer Sam Smotherman from all over southern california.

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He is also the co-founder of the world’s largest street photography experiment, the 24 Hour Project. The Instagram street photography community is quite astounding and, at least for me, inspirational. Like many, when iPhone photography first started to surface in the photojournalism community as a legtimate way to document, even before Instagram, I was skeptical. But as photojournalists and publications began to utilize the iPhone to create some pretty impressive imagery, the potential for Instagram and iPhone photography became pretty obvious. It seems that the iPhone potentially has the ability to capture much more intimate moments, as it is much smaller therefore less intrusive than the traditional DSLR. It’s no secret that a traditional camera with a huge lens can be intimidating to a subject, not to mention draw unwanted attention to you as “the photographer” (plus lets not forget the sound of your shutter going off). I’ve found, as have many, that using your iPhone allows images that  are less confrontational and more, perhaps, reflective. Personally, I find I use Instagram as sort of a visual notepad, testing out ideas and imagery I see in daily life. I also have found I tend to be more playful and adventurous with iPhone photography and Instagram. I think it’s because the pressure is off to make a technically perfect photograph. But also there is something freeing about shooting with an iPhone, where you can only work within certain components (frame, filters, lens, etc.) and so you become more focused on the image you are constructing. It’s almost easier to push boundaries and be creative when you have limits you have to working within. For anyone familiar with the band the White Stripes, Jack White speaks of this very same concept in regards to the band’s stripped-down approach to the blues . White talks about limiting oneself so you can create more, about being forced to work with the tools at hand to create something new and authentic .  Anyways, The Audiovision post reminded me of some of my own Instagram/iPhone photographs, which I guess could be categorized as “street photography”.

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I also have found some other pretty great “street photographers” on Instagram that I recommend checking out.

@kingtexas

@ruddyroye

@grantslater

@maeryan

Train Crossing

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Mayview, Missouri

Mayview, Missouri is a small rural town that sits about 4 miles north of Interstate 70 in Lafayette County. Once a bustling railroad community, the population has dwindled to less than 200 people over the last 50 years. With the surrounding area mostly farms, Mayview schools, churches, stores, and homes have been abandoned and left for ruin as residents continue to relocate.

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Outtakes:

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London

An assortment of film and Instagram images from my return to London back in May

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Holga Film from the Desert




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Film shot on a Holga in Palm Spring and Indio CA , April 2013.

NPR Tiny Desk Concert: The National

This Post was never published, it was originally from June 2013:

My most favorite part of my NPR experience has no doubt been working with the All Songs Considered Tiny Desk Concert. The first day I was at NPR and I saw the shelves and signs on Bob Boilen‘s desk, it was a bit surreal. Now, I’m a hopeless music junkie and have been listening to Bob and Co. on All Songs for years so on  the first day when I walked into the Music department and saw the TDC set up, it was pretty great. That being said, my very first TDC was a very special one. The National performed to a packed NPR audience for a very intimate acoustic set. I’ve seen The National perform live a couple times, but always on a big stage in front of a lot of people, so seeing them crammed around a desk, barely a foot in front of me, singing and playing their music with no production whatsoever, was pretty amazing.

Since this was my very favorite TDC I’m dedicating an entire post just to that one performance with the outtakes that were not used by NPR for publication.

The National performs as a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.

The National performs as a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.

The National performs as a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.

The National performs as a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.

The National performs as a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.

Fourth of July Project for NPR: Do you know your Declaration?

I’m a bit behind with posting recent work BUT I am going to try to play catch up in the next couple posts, mainly sharing and reflecting on work I’ve been doing for NPR this summer. Although I’ve been there a month, I’m actually going to post a project I worked on most recently that ran on the Fourth of July. In a collaboration with NPR’s Morning Edition producer, multimedia was brought on to produce a visual component to the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence. For the last 20 years, NPR has recorded various hosts reading the Declaration but this year they decided to take to the streets of D.C. and record people reading it istead. Initially I was asked to just take portraits of the readers, however, the project quickly evolved into a full multimedia package and with this came the idea to shoot video. So more people were brought on and we shot readings and interviewed over 40 people on the National Mall about the Declaration of Independence. Editing the video proved to be a challenge because of the shear number of subjects we had spoken too. Also, we had realized early on that to create an interesting video that people would want to watch, we would need to come up with something more than just people reading. So we interviewed every person about their interpretation of the Declaration, asked them what the concept of ‘Independence’ meant to them, and how it related to them personally. I was put in charge of editing the project…although I shot every interview and b-roll as well. It ended up being a lot of work for a 2:30 video but it was definitely a worthwhile experience, especially in regards to working with such a big team and with various producers/editors. Anyways, the video is posted below OR view it and the whole package (photos, reading,etc.) at NPR.

Do you know your Declaration? from hayley bartels on Vimeo.

Also, while I’m posting about the Fourth of July, I shot a few photos of spectators reactions at the fireworks display at the National Mall which were part a gallery that was published the next day. See gallery at NPR here.

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Route 66 Design for Vox Magazine

I designed (and edited) the feature story for the current issue of Vox Magazine about a road trip on historic Route 66. The story won second place in CPOY in the Interpretative Eye category. The story is a photo essay, with extended captions written by the photographer describing his experience. This piece was completely visual and I knew I had to design FOR the photos. I wanted my design to showcase the photography, creating an expansive feel, like driving down the highway in the dessert. I think having make the same trip myself (from KC to LA) I drew from my own interpretation and experiences on how the visual felt to me. I particularly liked m pairing of the 2 images on the 3rd spread of the old train and the old trading post name “Desert Train”.  These images were in the photographers original take but I pulled them out paired them in my design. I don’t think he had thought of this himself and it was great see that I could see something new in his work. And that is what editors are for!!

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Snow

I stopped off in Emma, MO last weekend on my way back to Columbia and shot this image.

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