WE’RE BAAACCCK: Panning (a Photography & Stuff Weekly)

Not-so-breaking news: Ramon and Jovelle have bid “adieu” to SLO-town and are now Seattelites! We neglected MP for a hot minute to deal with moving and other life duties, but you’ll see a lot more of us now that we’re mostly settled in. To compensate for our absence, we bring you a loaded rendition of Panning and, in the next few weeks, interviews with cool, creative folk. Thanks for looking!



Babita and the folks of View Finder Workshop are hosting a gallery show in NY tonight (Sept. 23) for beautiful photographs by children in Kenya who hadn’t ever held a camera before. Cousin Mikey is running a September print sale to fund his cross-country move. Send him a shout for some discounted images! Our SLO-based Instafriend Jaymie Shearer (@jmeshe) has launched her project Mug Life on Kickstarter, with “the hope of inspiring and reminding people of the power of community and how it can be created with something as simple as a mug.” Handmade Portland Wallets by our photo editor-successor, Keith. So stoked for Shirley Yu, who won first place in PDN’s The Look student/debut category!

A screen grab of Jaymie’s “Mug Life” video on Kickstarter.

A screen grab of Jaymie’s “Mug Life” video on Kickstarter.


Sisay and his spine, with photos by Andrew Dickinson. Nick Oza’s moving coverage of the facets of U.S. immigration reform. Looking At Appalachia, a beautiful project examining America fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty, is accepting submissions until the end of the year. The Women of West Point, with photographs by Damon Winter. Mary Calvert’s essay on homeless female veterans who experienced sexual assault while in the military. Atlantic City residents react to casino closings. The effect of rising sea levels in Kiribati. Zac Davis photographed the changing face of Rainier Beach in Seattle

An astronaut captures the ridonkulous shadows clouds make. Take a peep at Paris Gore’s Deep Summer slideshow from this year’s Crankworx in BC (And here’s a little BTS). 


Today we official bid “adieu” to those hot summer days. James Estrin on how photographers capture heat.

Legendary photographer John H. White on his life’s work. Chicago photojournalist Scott Strazzante is now a SF/Bay Area photojournalist. Listen to Scott’s take on mobile photography, the photo industry, his approach and more. 

Songs inspired by photography

Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton on how really listening to strangers changed her approach and understanding of her art

On the “stuff” end of “photography and stuff,” listen to this painfully relevant-to-our-lives TAL episode: Fear of Sleep


How to kill yourself creatively: great words for visual journalists and all creatives by Brittany Greeson. Confessions of Aaron Lavinsky, a colorblind photographer (and a fellow PNW-er!).

The value of self-publishing. How Blink.la, a networking platform for photographers and editors, can change how the industry works. Pete Muller, who’s covered men and masculinity, encourages men to be better in this interview with Ochre. This is how storyteller extraordinaire Ira Glass works.

Dawoud Bey on photographing the president. Steve McCurry on conflict photography, his iconic Afghan girl photograph, late journalist James Foley, and whether photographs are worth risking your life for. An interview with conflict photographer Louie Palu. When it comes to graphic coverage of a tragedy like the recent Malaysia Airlines crash, where do newsrooms draw the line? A viewpoint on the media presence in Ferguson, MO

A critical take on Humans of New York. And a guy pretending to be HONY

Journalists share: what’s your plan B?  


When you give a monkey a camera and that monkey takes a photo, who owns copyright? Share this helpful photo usage chart with everyone.

Design contest? Or a big company trying to rip off artists?  Getty Images sues Microsoft for embeddable image widget. 


TIME LightBox: PJL September 2014 (Part 1)

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“A photographer once told me, about 13 years ago, that photography does not change anything. I have been trying to prove that photographer wrong ever since. Photography is a wonderful way of showing, of expressing, of seeing, it’s how we have always been gathering information and learning.” - Ruddy Roye

Creative Chums Creating Creations

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Take a whiff of Dan Bracaglia’s Handful of Panties. The Fly Over Me Valentine folks took over The American Guide Instagram. Sasithon shot this super sweet photo essay as part of a workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. Marisa Kang was featured in the Boston Globe for her work in the rising cultural hub of Portsmouth, NH. Kent Nishimura is currently interning for The Denver Post and had some nice pretty images run big and in color. Nancy Musinguzi is Youthprise’s first Artist in Residence. 

Take a Look At:

The amazing Ruddy Roye on Instagram activismMelissa Golden needed to set the record straight about the nature of one of her shoots. Revisiting this Melissa Lyttle interview. Brian Storm of Mediastorm on why you'll never master multimediaBruce Weber prefers his work to stand for him. Bill Eppridge on taking criticism, Amy Toensing on leaving your comfort zone as a photographer, and Maggie Steber and Lynn Johnson on being a woman photographer

Rachel Maves is DRAWING A Photo a Day! Spanish photojournalists will launch a multimedia publication to provide a platform for “stories obscured by the headline-of-the-moment.” Help track down the stories behind Grandpa’s Photos. These people are soo over selfies. This is the result of migrants photographing their own trek across the Guatemala-Mexico border. David Guttenfelder is a photographer and explorer. Jovelle once attended a Fabien Cousteau talk once and can verify that he’s just as fantastic in person as he is in this sweet multimedia feature by TIME.  Greg Hindy walked 9,000 miles across the country in silence (!) with a map and a large-format film camera. 

Source: http://doc-c.smugmug.com/2013-2014-Gregs-Walking-Silent/n-8RMhP/i-xWzhQnP

Source: http://doc-c.smugmug.com/2013-2014-Gregs-Walking-Silent/n-8RMhP/i-xWzhQnP

A short film about passion and success in the true story of Thailand’s Panyee FC. Airdog will change in the way athletes shoot selfies. Learn the ins and outs of copyright with Photoshelter. For those of you planning a road trip, or perhaps in need of a detour from your current highway blues, Outside has you covered. Climber Alex Honnold reminds us all to Live True, but not necessarily with a scotch in hand.

We want to watch: Everybody Street, a film by Cheryl Dunn on NY’s greatest street photographers.


TIME LightBox: Photojournalism Links for July 2014 (Part I) 
American Photo: Photojournalism of the Month for June 2014
Eyefi: 100 most socially influential photographers
Resource Mag: 40 films about photography 
Outside Magazine: June 2014 photo round up

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“I think adventure is anything that puts us outside our comfort zone.” Cory Richards 

Creative chums creating creations: 

Alexa and Ryan recently revamped Bitcoin’s header. Colleen helped produce this fun World Cup game with the New York Times.  Marisa made this rad wave painting. Alex finished his people tracker for the SLO-Op climbing gymThe folks of Fly Over Me are back in Valentine, NE for another summer of documenting rural life in America. Rico made this film about a Rutgers alum/local taxidermist. Jen and Derek launched their road trip site, Jenerek

We were not very good at this game.

We were not very good at this game.

Take a look at:

Matt Eich and his beautiful family portrait. Cory Richards and the “richness that comes with struggle” in “A Tribute to Discomfort.” Why David Brooks thinks learning is not easy. The Capozziello bros.

Where the laid-off 28 Chicago Sun-Times staff ‘togs are now. An extended “Dear Young Photographer” by Melissa Lyttle.

The extreme-ness of Jimmy Chin. Camp 4 Collective’s capture of Alex Honnold’s epic-ness. Paris Gore's World Cup gear list, and Sven Martin's much more in depth and superior gear list. 

Why looking at wedding photography sucks. Why photography might be killing you (but seriously, be careful). How Douglas Gautraud’s mom acquired a motorcycle. The joys of competitive panning with Fraser Britton. Dan Winters’ creative space. “I'm going to do it my way AND your way”: how Alexis Cuarezma shot simultaneously with two different lighting setups. Who’s banned from entering Nat Geo’s Traveler photo contest: residents of Syria, Cuba, Sudan, North Korea, Iran...and New Jersey

A moving photography project by women, for women — the Inge Morath Truck Project. Mr. Davis on photographic voiceKitra Cahana's talk on the vagabond lifestyle. Instagram’s new editing capabilities (we gave ’em a go but will still be using VSCO and Snapseed).

Newly published Vivian Maier photographs! Japan's disposable workersRecords on records on more records. Why go to the real beach when you can go to the fake beach? Meet Slomo. The unique, fading lifestyle found in Tangier Island, VA by Kate Kilpatrick and Ian C. Bates.

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This is called “panning” because we love photography puns...and frying pans.  We’ll leave you with this:

Love Never Felt So Good - Victoria and Mark // Santa Monica Pier

We drove down to the greater Los Angeles area a couple weeks ago and had the chance to shoot with Mark and Victoria — an awesome couple we know from NJ. They met up with us at Santa Monica Pier and we shot for a bit while the sun went down. Wish we had more time to work with them because they were so fun and photogenic! 


Alex and Vanessa // San Luis Obispo, CA Engagement

We both met and worked with Alex during our tenure as editors for our college newspaper. Vanessa, his now fiancé, has been his partner-in-crime for as long as we've known him.

After graduation, he moved on to work with papers in Connecticut, Alaska and now, San Luis Obispo in California. When Ramon accepted an offer to work with SLO-based surf photographer Chris Burkard, Alex and Vanessa opened up their new home in California to him until he found a place of his own. They literally kept Ramon off the streets and for that, we're truly grateful. We can't thank them enough for their hospitality and for this fun West Coast engagement shoot  — our first official gig as Mount Penguin! 

Alex and Vanessa at Scout Coffee in downtown San Luis Obispo, CA. // May 25, 2014