Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer

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Recent Work. April – June, 2014.

The new job, and a few trips into New York. Here’s a brief look at what’s caught my attention the past 2 months or so…  ~cg.

“Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”

“Through A Lens Darkly…”  (A colleague had this posted on his blog.) Here’s a trailer for the documentary, and a review of the film in Time and interview with director Thomas Allen Harris on Democracy Now!   *How did I miss this film? All I can say is “Wow…!”   ~cg.

“Just Clearing My Head…” May 2014

I occasionally find myself up at sunrise or even earlier. Really have to make the mental effort to sometimes just stop the car and make a (pretty) picture in the nice morning light. This is particularly true when the fog is coming off the lake here. Here are two edited versions of an image I really liked. The B/W version was added to my Instagram feed. Both were shot with a Nikon D300 as RAW files, then resized and the borders added on the iPhone in Filterstorm. ~cg.

Fisherman head out for a day of fishing on Greenwood Lake in West Milford, NJ on Saturday morning, May 10, 2014.  © www.chetgordon.com

“How to get yourself noticed as a professional photographer…”

Came across this piece by commercial photographer Karl Taylor. He hits a lot of ‘home runs’ in this video:

“Arlington…” April 26, 2014

An inspecting officer (right) with the United States Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment Honor Guard or “Old Guard” inspects the rifle of a sentry during a changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of he Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  © www.chetgordon.com

Spent the day working for the Hudson Valley Honor Flight  again at the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC (left) and Arlington National Cemetery (above). One Hundred WWII Veterans from the Hudson Valley region of New York flew from Stewart International Airport to Washington, DC to view the Memorial in their honor on the National Mall, between the Lincoln and Washington Memorials. I’ve posted a gallery from the trip over at my sister station on the website:  Hudson Valley Honor Flight – April 2014.  ~cg.

“#54…”

#54.

“It’s been some ride so far for the kid from Newark, NJ who dreamed of playing the outfield for the Yankees, or power forward for the NY Knicks, but went on instead to serve as a U.S. Marine, and continued roaming the world for non-profit clients and personal projects the last 20+ years or so . I am Chester & Ann’s only son. Thanks for following along and please do stay tuned…”  ~cg.

“A trip to the City always results in good pictures…” April 2014

Made my way into midtown Manhattan yesterday, mainly on the continual job hunt to drop off promotional materials with editors and the ever present quick stop into B&H Photo. Found my way into Times Square and managed to make a few decent images. It’s never been hard to make pictures in New York. If it is, then you’re in the wrong business…  ~cg.

The Naked Cowboy (Robert John Burck of Cincinnati, OH) performs in Times Square at Broadway and West 44th. in Manhattan, NY on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. © www.chetgordon.com

Pedestrians walk along Broadway and West 43rd. Street near the Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Manhattan, NY on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  © www.chetgordon.com

*”Let’s Talk Food…” (Photography)

During a recent conversation with a colleague, the subject of food photography, tabletop and other small location lighting situations came up. I thought immediately of the need to highlight some of my food work here, as well as adding a gallery over on the new website: Food. Here are a few favorites.  ~cg.

“Re-Branding, Web Updates, & Self-Promotion. (Returning to) The Business of Freelancing…” March 2014

New promotional postcards featuring my travel imagery with the dummy paper mockups (lower left & right), and a few mini-business cards (upper left) on Friday, March 7, 2014.

About a gazillion years ago when I left the military with shoeboxes full of those rectangular trademark yellow cardboard transparency boxes, negative pages and sleeves of my travels throughout South East Asia, I felt that travel related work would eventually be (one of) my passions in this industry. There was never any doubt. Some of those simple street scenes made on Kodachrome (right) and later Fujichrome film stock nearly 30 years ago still look good today. Jump to today where the travel work the last 20 years or so for clients and personal assigned working vacations and the like has consumed me. It still does. Everything from the first call from an established or new client in the initial idea stage, to the logistical planning of a self-assigned & financed personal trip remains a wonder in itself to this day. There’s just something so special about changing your mindset and traveling to an unknown locale, with the intentions, challenges and immediacy of familiarizing yourself with a new country’s culture, customs, weather and environment to then working hard making consistent high quality images. Another part of this approach to new work and clients is the production of new promotional post cards (top) and future launch of a new website (below). Stay tuned…   ~cg.


(2) – Beta-testing my new PhotoShelter website displayed on various devices: iPhone and 13″ MacBookPro. March 9, 2014.  © www.chetgordon.com

*”Beta Testing a New Image Site…” March 1, 2014.

I have researched and am currently testing a new site to host and display my work more efficiently. There is a need for clients, and probably just as important – potential new clients to easily view my portfolio and archived images as searchable category thumbnails and large slideshows without having to search through posts, links and multimedia slideshows here on the blog. Although I’m already featuring my archive at Zenfolio, (there’s a link / RSS feed in the right column) I really like the look and feel of a site powered by PhotoShelter (above & left).

 

Don’t worry, no changes are planned for this blog, and of course the PhotoShelter site will be linked back to the blog here. Stay tuned…  ~ cg.

*”(Going) Old School…” Upcoming Exhibition & Master Class in Middletown, NY.

“A Photographer’s Life.”  On Monday evening, February 17th., on the campus of SUNY ORANGE in Middletown, NY, I will give a presentation spanning the last 20+ years of my career, as well as a formal exhibition of the work. I’ve been thinking the last few days about how to organize and edit down this slideshow of my personal images, as well as those made for clients and employers. Rather than simply categorizing images again in an appropriate order for the slideshow like “News, Sports, Features…”,  I look to present images that say something about how my career has progressed. It’s very rewarding professionally and even humbling to be asked again to organize such an event. Almost as if you wake up one day, have your coffee, and suddenly you’re one of the senior guys on the street with some pretty serious career highlights and experiences to draw upon and share…  ~cg.

*An old colleague in the business offered this support: “There is always (going to be) a huge appetite for real journalism. It takes a lot of courage to do photography – let alone photojournalism in this day. Yes, but it’s still very important, you can craft new ways…”

Pete Seeger. 1919 – 2014

I’ve photographed folk singer and renowned activist Pete Seeger throughout my career here in New York. Seeger died Monday at the age of 94.  Here’s a brief look at some of those recent images & The New York Times’ story on Pete’s life HERE.   ~cg.

“Tè Tremblé…” Remembering the Earthquake in Haiti. 4 Years Ago ~ Today. 12•Jan.•10

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI.  Interior of the collapsed National Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Saturday, January 30, 2010. Archbishop Serge Miot was killed when the 18th. century cathedral was destroyed in the massive 7.0 earthquake on January 12th., killing upwards of 300,000 people.  © Chet Gordon / THE IMAGE WORKS

Today is the fourth anniversary of the massive earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. Upwards of 300,00 people were killed and I’m hearing on NPR radio just now that more than 150,000 Haitians still live in tent camps. That’s four years of living in camps under miserable conditions. There is a very special place in my heart for Haiti and the Haitian people. My first self-assigned international shooting trip was to Haiti in 1993; just 5 years after beginning my newspaper career, and I’ve returned to the island nation two additional times. Haitian photographer Daniel Morel is a good friend, and I’ve known Daniel since that first trip in ’93. I will add a slideshow here highlighting my week’s work after the earthquake, where I was summoned with one day’s notice to accompany humanitarian client Operation Smile, as they sent a team of trauma surgeons to treat the injured. Note: (I’ve decided to re-edit the original hi-res files and use them in B/W here. The strength of the B/W imagery really makes the take have sort of a timeless feel to them…) Stay tuned.  ~cg.

*My 2013 POY. (Pictures of the Year)

Where does the time go? Even though my tenure as a staff photographer at the newspaper was abruptly cut short in November due to layoffs that eliminated our entire photo staff, it was still a very gratifying year for making images. Boarded a few airplanes for out of town personal assignments, utilized remote cameras, strobes, and the GoPro Hero3 camera for sports & feature work, and had a few NPPA winners throughout the year. Here are some of my favorites from 2013. Thanks for playing along…  ~cg.

Now that the holidays have come and gone, there’s still one other season that commands the full attention of photojournalists around the world: The “Pictures of the Year.” Whether it’s for local contests in the trade, yearly wrap-up galleries on a newspaper’s website to highlight the work of an entire staff, or of course preparing entries for the larger national and international competitions like the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, World Press Photo, and POYi (Pictures of the Year International), these next few weeks can be a stressful time for photographers.


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Recent Work. April – June, 2014.

The new job, and a few trips into New York. Here’s a brief look at what’s caught my atte…

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Travel:

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“Africa Calling…” (Again) Nov./Dec. 2012

Empangeni, South Africa. September 2006 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. December 2005 Nairobi, Kenya. Februar…

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Personal Work:

“Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”

“Through A Lens Darkly…”  (A colleague had this posted on his blog.) Here’s…

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“Really Digging the GoPro Camera…” Spring 2013

A couple of recent favorites with my GoPro Hero3 camera. I’ll get around to writing more on us…

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