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Monday
Feb182013

Meet NYIP Graduate Peter Behlen

I just enrolled in NYIP's sister school, the New York Institute of Career Development, because twenty years ago I learned photography at NYIP and loved it. I assumed (correctly) that NYICD's Complete Course in Professional Blogging would be the same type of course. I love the three tier approach: reading, listening, and doing.

I grew up, and still live, on a 1,200-acre corn and soybean farm in western Minnesota. I'm a fourth generation farmer and have farmed for 38 years, first with my dad and now on my own. My dad farmed for 70 years, so I guess I've got it in my blood. I've been married for four years to Amie, who is from the Philippines and loves the country life. While explaining farming to her, I realized that there are many Americans who know even less about farming in the United States than she did, and yet they are very interested in knowing where their food comes from. That's when my idea for a blog came about. With eight chickens and a dog, I won't be able to talk much about livestock farming, but I can address concerns people have about pesticides, commercial fertilizers, and other modern crop farming methods. I'm not as interested in being an advocate as I am in fostering understanding. Farmers are not faceless corporations. We're the first ones to suffer if we do something wrong because our work and our lives are one.

I live fifteen minutes from the nearest town and probably resemble the stereotypical farmer more than I'd care to admit. Solitude and quiet, nature, and the small-town life are what I love. The concepts of urban and rural are becoming more and more separate, and I hope I can do a little bit to bring them back together. I'm hoping to concentrate on the little things, not the big policy issues. Items like how we plant corn, how we harvest, and what is a typical day is like on the farm. I've also seen huge changes in agriculture in my life, going from what many consider the "better days" of fewer pesticides and less technology to the use of computers and tractors that steer themselves. Maybe I can explain why some of the "good old days" weren't so good, and why and how the new technology came about.

 

Peter Behlen is a graduate of NYIP and is now a student in the Complete Course of Professional Blogging. He's currently working on building his blog, Rows Upon Rows.


Want to learn more about blogging, and how you can turn an online hobby into a money-making career and put your photographic skills to great use? Explore The Complete Course in Professional Blogging from NYICD.

Friday
Feb152013

Photographer and Filmmaker Get the Issue of Self-Injury Out in the Open

Photographer Lauren Kristin (self-portrait)
Photographer Lauren Kristin is collaborating as the Director of Photography with Washington DC filmmaker Monica Zinn on an open, frank look at self-injury.
 
Filmmaker Monica Zinn
Click here to learn more about Monica's Indiegogo crowdsourcing fundraising request called Self-Inflicted. Photography reflects reality, and I want to applaud these two women for shining a light on this dark corner of the world. In the following video, Lauren talks about her work and personal relationship with the film's subject matter. 
 

We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

AUDIO LINK: WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]

 


Wednesday
Feb132013

Five Lasting Images from Nemo 

On February 8th, those of us in the Northeast were walloped by a particularly devastating winter storm titled Nemo. While it affected some areas more than others (Hamden, Connecticut got 40 inches of snow to Central Park's 11.4), everyone seemingly experienced some form of the nor'easter's wrath. For some it was an extreme inconvenience, for others it was life threatening (15 deaths were attributed to Nemo). Here are five of the most powerful pictures taken during the blizzard.   

A man walks along a snow-covered, evacuated seafront road in Salisbury, Massachusetts, on February 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)Neil Hodges uses a snow blower to clear drifting snow from in front of his home in Concord, New Hampshire, on February 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)People walk past a church as snow arrives in the Back Bay neighborhood on February 8, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)A couple walks past a large snow drift in the Old Port section of Portland, Maine, on February 9, 2013. Officials are cautioning residents to stay off the roads in Maine, where Portland set an all-time snowfall record. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)A snowplow operates in Back Bay neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 8, 2013. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

AUDIO LINK: WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]

 

 

Monday
Feb112013

New Breed of Photojournalist: Joey L Documents Endangered Cultures

Sikeri Initiation (Photo by Joey L.)

Canadian photographer Joey L, based in Brooklyn, NY, has always been fascinated with travel. His new flavor of photojournalism is to turn a sensitive eye as a photographer to preserving traditional ways of life that are endangered. Today's Video Pick is a behind-the-scenes short documentary of one of Joey L's photo shoots, and you'll see how he and his crew - as well as hired local assistants - become more than just distanced observers when they travel into the Indonesian rainforest to take photographs of the Mentawai people. A young team of adventurous professional photographers, traveling with their gear and perhaps the most important things of all, an open mind and heart, preserve the dignity and everyday lives of people who choose not to conform to contemporary traditions. Visit the Joey L website for his outstanding portfolio. It's inspirational and provides our photography students with yet another professional pathway option, combining the love of travel with a love of photography.

 

We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

AUDIO LINK: WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]

 


Friday
Feb082013

Five Favorite Photos from the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards 

The governing body of the prestigous annual competition, the Sony World Photography Awards, recently announced the shortlist for the winners of the Professional, Open, and Youth categories. The other categories include the Student Focus - for those studying photography, the 3D Award - for anyone using true 3D technology in photography or video, and the National Award - new in 2013, for photographers in participating countries. The competition, which is organized by the World Photography Organisation, recieved over 122,000 entries from 170 countries this year alone. Each image is jarring and powerful in its own right, but I have chosen my five favorite to share with you.
Photo from the Portraits category, Youth Competition. (© Berta Vicente, Spain, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards)A view from Szczeliniec to Owls Mountains and Klodzko valley, Poland. (© Pawel Uchorczak, Poland, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards)Return to childhood landscapes. The picture is made in Romania, on the train from Bucharest to Baia Mare in a foggy morning in autumn of 2012. (© Hajdu Tamas, Romania, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards) I took this photo in spring 2012 in Rome, my hometown. It was taken with a monorail view camera (5x6 film) and manually developed, after it was scanned and post produced. I took care of the entire process and working on film, it took me quite many tries to have the perfect shadow and exposure; I had to go back to the location several times to and always hope it was sunny enough, once I spent the whole day in front of that wall, just to check at which time of the day the shadow was looking more geometrical, eventually I decided on 2pm. (© Martina Biccheri, Italy, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards)One Day in History. Portraits of children and youths who survived the massacre on the island of Utoeya outside Oslo, Norway on 22nd of July 2011. "I bear my scars with dignity, because I got them standing for something I believe in." Ylva Schwenke, age 15, from Tromso¸ hid by a path called "the love path". She was shot in the shoulder, her stomach and in both of her thighs. (© Andrea Gjestvang, Norway, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards)
To view each shortlist gallery in its entirety and to learn more about the competition, click here

We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

AUDIO LINK: WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]

 

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