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Ryan McBride — First Year, Term 3 Work

Blog: http://mcbridephotography.wordpress.com/


1. What was your motivation for this project/these images?

These images are all self-assigned, published images that were intended to help me grow my portfolio and develop my skills as a photographer. My motivation comes from loving and wanting to produce visual journalism and news photography. These images represent a passion I’ve worked on outside of class/school, and I’ve had some success with publishing them—I think that is testament to the fact that loving what you do is a powerful motivator.

2. Describe your technique for making these images. (film or digital, camera used, settings and ISO, tripod or none, alternative process(es), etc.)

Visual journalism is extremely fast-paced. When I was younger, I was never any good at it and actually wanted nothing to do with photojournalism or anything news-related. The key is to really know what you need to do, and do it quickly—you can’t let your eye down from your camera. For the Obama and sports photos, I was looking for speed and freezing of action. During those events, I explored other visual avenues like subject movement, but they proved inappropriate. I kept my F/stops around 2.8- 5.6.. For both shots, I used an 80-200 for a close and isolated effect—to extend the moment these subjects are having and how they are relating to their environments. My ISOs are higher as well because I was shooting at night or in a gymnasium. For the shot of the Public Works employee, I’m at 12mm—as wide as I could get. I’m extremely close trying to fill the frame while composing an image that tells the story completely. I’m not too close, or it will look more like a portrait… I was looking for action, and I luckily found it. This one ran front page, above the fold in the Salem Observer.

3. What is your intention behind this work/in making this work?

My intention behind this work is to produce great news photos and create awareness. My intent was and is always to show action and reaction—they are very important, producing emotion and depth in a photograph, and that is what I was going for. I was definitely going for the moment with the Obama and football photos. For the shot of the Public Works employee, I was going for the overall story—an image that could supplement the story I wrote for the photographs.

4. What response do you hope to get from your viewers?

I hope they enjoy the photos. I hope they’re moved, inspired and interested in my work. I hope my work inspires them to stay aware and to keep looking at other work. Ultimately, I do what I do so that people are informed and educated; photographs tell a story and offer a truth that regular journalism cannot. I think that the images and the writing often go hand and hand—the more I can contribute and be a part of that, the better. Awareness is bliss for me.

5. What other artists or art serve(s) as your inspiration?

I gain huge inspiration from many artists/photographers. Among them: Joe McNally, Edward Burtynsky, Bill Franson, Ami Vitale, Lynsey Addario, Lucian Read, George Rizer, Robert Capa and Glen Cooper. I’m inspired to see and document what’s going on in the world by their work, personalities and abilities.

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2 Responses

  1. That is some inspirational stuff. Never knew that opinions could be this varied. Thanks for all the enthusiasm to offer such helpful information here.

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