Vincent Dixon, Photo Essays From Around the World
Vincent and family have taken a time out to go walk about. Photo of The Day, thus far 17 of them, his way to digitally try to bring an intimate group of us along. They begin the same, “Dear Friends” but then each story unfolds to mirror the man — expressive, collaborative, and full of energy. So sharing a few of my most recent favorites as well our offer that if you would like to receive Photo of The Day, send your request to info (at) briteproductions (dot) net and we’ll pass it along.
I took this photo almost immediately after yesterday’s portrait. I wanted to take a second shot but the lady on the right let me know in no uncertain terms that the wood was heavy and that she was off. Very quickly after that, I took photos of a boy and girl fetching water, five boys out playing with two old tires, and then a monk off for breakfast. As I was shooting these one after another everyone was waiting around the camera so my last photo here was everyone together which I’ll show you tomorrow.
When I was back working I took the opportunity to bring back a medium format camera to the trip. The Alpa is a close as you get today to shooting with a 4×5 plate camera, which was my camera of choice before the world went digital. I like that it slows me down. I take a more studied picture with it. As it does not have a mirror system to check focus and composition, you have to measure the distance between the subject and yourself. You are shooting at slow shutter speeds as the medium format lens are relatively slow and the digital backs work best at low iso. These factors mean that you need your subject’s full cooperation. These first portraits that I took in Mrauk U really play up to the strengths of medium format photography, as they are slower, more intimate portraits. I will show more from this series this week.
Pushkar’s annual camel and livestock fair is a riot of color with villagers from all over Rajasthan coming to buy and sell livestock and shop from stalls full of bracelets, clothes, textiles and fabrics. Over the festival the population of the small town swells from about 15, 000 to almost 200,000. A camel race starts off the festival with music, songs and dance following over the next five days. Here after sunset a marching band with six dancers moved slowly through the village as it worked its way to the fairground stopping every 20 yards or so for an exhibition of dancing.