Vivian Maier - more pics

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by wt21, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Whether great street photographer, or just important historical record, or both, I am fascinated by her work.

    Found this on Youtube. Slide show of a number of her pictures, many of which I hadn't seen yet.

    [video=youtube;mSKW5eD_JAU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSKW5eD_JAU[/video]
     
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  2. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Fascinating snapshot(s) in time.
     
  3. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    She is amazing, fascinating and pretty much a mystery.
     
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    1. The background clutter during the slideshow helps nothing.
    2. I just realized that I find photos shot from waist level eminently more enjoyable than ones shot from face level
    3. I really want a modern digital TLR camera
     
  5. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    I would so jump on this. There is a digital TLR but it's a toy.
     
  6. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Agree 100% -- the background photos are really distracting.

    I'm going to look for a remote shutter release for me EPL5. Add that with the flippy LCD, and that's as close as I can get :)
     
  7. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Is it possible to rip out the insides of a digital camera (say, an RX1) and retro-fit all the parts into an old Rolleiflex?
     
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
  9. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Any Nex ought to do. Or the OMD, EPL5, or XZ2. After a youth spent with TLRs (not exclusively, but lots), I'll never forget the first time I picked up a Nex 5 a couple of years ago. Just felt like home. And then Olympus did the same with the EPL3 and I could use all of my m43 lenses and it was all over.

    Those ARE the modern TLRs.

    -Ray
     
  10. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Awesome. If fuji made a digital TLR, they'd make a ton more dough.
     
  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Ray, I understand your point and I used my OMD like that a few times. But I think people still see you pointing a digital camera at them.

    I suppose I should just quit wishing and hoping for things that will never come.
     
  12. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Well, whether the technology is old or new, you're still pointing a camera at them. I think that was likely seen as more of an intrusion in those days just because it was a less common event. I thought the point was just the perspective of shooting from waist or belly level and composing by looking DOWN into the finder rather than looking forward at eye level. Which is what I get off on. Cartier Bresson famously disliked the TLR, suggesting that if god had intended us to see from that angle, we'd all have eyes in our belly rather than our heads. I break with the old guy there - I just plain like the perspective. And for some reason I like the shooting experience a lot too. As I do with the Fuji OVF at eye level. I guess I like just about all ways of shooting photos that there are...

    -Ray
     
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  13. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    What a wonderful set of photos. I like the ones released with the first book better. But these are still great. My favorites are the environmental portraits and portraits. She sure had great eyes. I wonder what her "keeper" rate would have been had she actually developed her own photos.
     
  14. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn SC Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Chris Leskovsek
    Get the VF2 and you have a modern tlr. That was one of the things i loved about the VF2 compared to a flippy omd lcd screen.
     
  15. twokatmew

    twokatmew SC Regular

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    Aug 19, 2012
    Lansing, Michigan, US
    Margaret
    That's often how I use the VF3 on my EPM2.

    --
    Sent from my phone. Please pardon my brevity!
     
  16. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    I find I really like shooting waist level with the E-PL5 with the LCD flipped horizontal. If I put it on a neck strap it would probably be even better. It's a lot more stable than the arms out position.

    To get back on topic, however, the more I see the work of Maier the more I like it. What a treat to have just stumbled on to a lifetime's work of a fine photographer.