PHOTOGRAPHY: Exhibit comes to an end.

  By Ismail Lagardien This is an old pic, taken two years ago by Gaia Manco. I am placing it online for two reasons; because the exhibit – Between States of Emergency which ‘honours photographers who risked their lives and freedom to expose the brutality of apartheid in the late 1980s’, has come to an end after traveling the country for two years. I am honoured that some of my work was part of this exhibition by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The other reasons is, well, not for public discussion, suffice to say that nothing can take away or detract […]

PHOTOGRAPHY: On the phone

By Ismail Lagardien It never ceases to amaze me what one can do with a cellular phone. I found these three frames in an ‘old’ file – old is relative in the digital photography age – and was reminded of how easy, how simple, and how terribly nostalgic I am for my D/SLR sometimes. The pictures, below, were made with a Samsung phone in 2013. I should search for better quality pics on one of my storage drives.  

PHOTOGRAPHY: Seeing Simple Scenes Differently

By Ismail Lagardien There are times when the simplest, the most every-day scene, stands out, and presents itself – intact. There were any number of these arrangements (above) at a cafeteria at Schipol Airport. What makes photography special is that the most ordinary, the most banal scenes almost create themselves, and present themselves intact in the photographer’s mind. This, surely, is the power that lies where the creative impulse and the gesture of photography intersect, and when the photographer captures something that everyone looks at every day, but sees it differently and does something more than. On the beachfront, were I […]

PHOTOGRAPHY: First Foray Into Digital Photography

By Ismail Lagardien This picture always reminds me of how ignorant I was when I first used a digital camera in 2000. I had a bag full of film equipment, and entered this new era completely naive. I did not know much about high-res/low-res and large/small format. It was all very new. The picture was taken in the Great Hall on Ellis Island, New York City. It would have looked good mounted and framed on a wall – after some tweaking on a computer, of course. 😎