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Trick Photography Goes Mainstream
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Trick Photography Goes Mainstream

So I was at this photography trade show the other day. They had a bunch of new gear and some people speaking about different kinds of photography topics. There was information about portrait photography, wedding photography, nature photography, and even some fashion photography. Joe McNally was there talking about all of the cool assignments he’s done for National Geographic during the last 30 or so years.

That guy is pretty inspirational. He’s made some pretty amazing photos without using any kind of photoshop. The guy really is a lighting guru. Anyway, not really what I wanted to talk about. The most interesting part of the show for me was the photos that were on display. There were are ten photographers whose works were exhibited. Some of them I didn't care for, but there were a few that were pretty impressive.

What I found really surprising was the photo that you can see attached to this article. I could talk a lot about what makes it so interesting in terms of the details of the photo itself, but what I’m more interested in is the fact that it was there at all. Here is a photographer who has their works displayed in galleries around the world, using some techniques from trick photography to create an image that is, to me as least, very unique and something that really stuck out from the rest of the collection.

I guess you could argue that my interest in trick photography is what made the photo so interesting but in the time I was there, there were 4 other people who stopped to look at the photograph. And that’s what I like about trick photography. It’s got the same quality as a magic trick. They make you stop and ask yourself, “Hmm.. how in the world did they do that?”.

It kinda makes me think that this whole distinction of trick photography and making photos using trick photography techniques might be getting a little bit redundant. Maybe they should just be called eye catching photos or photos that make people look twice. I would have thought that a famous photographer would have been too cool to use any kind of tricks, that they would want the value of their work to speak for itself. These are, after all, people whose photos are treated more like paintings than pictures.

I didn’t get the name of the photographer, so I can’t tell you who it is, but if you’re interested in trick photography I hope this helps you to see it as a more legitimate form of photography. That’s what it’s done for me, and it’s inspired me to discover even more techniques for trick photos.


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