*photos and text depict July 2019 There they were, a continuous, almost organized line of middle-aged men in various stages of unfolding tripods, mounting massive DSLR’s on them, carefully aiming long lenses at indeterminate points in the darkening late evening sky. The LCD’s lit their faces with a soft glow as they took test shots […]Read more "Photographing Fireworks with a 90 Year Old Leica"
It’s a little after 10pm on Friday, June 5 2020. My negatives are hanging in a nearby window to dry and my shoes are still sopping wet too. Today was the Frederick March for Justice, one of innumerable nationwide demonstrations in honor of George Floyd. A storm front began lingering around the area Thursday afternoon […]Read more "One Photographer’s Experience; The Frederick Maryland March for Justice"
It’s Thursday April 2nd, the day after April Fools Day. But there weren’t many jokes yesterday as the world approached 1 million confirmed cases of the subject of all news outlets; Coronavirus. My photo jobs have dried up as a result of the mandatory shelter in place orders. I am in the process of editing […]Read more "Photography in the Shadow of Coronavirus"
I’ve been combing the used photography book sections for years and of all the inspirational, informative publications out there, I have to tell you, if you’re only going to get off the internet for one hard, tangible, funky-smelling used book this year, I wholeheartedly recommend, fully endorse, would buy every film photographer a copy if […]Read more "Buy This Book!"
Say what you will about wedding photography but few other gigs will allow you to party with beautiful people without having to even know a single dance move. My wife and I are freelance wedding photographers. She shoots digital and I shoot on b&w 35mm film. I use vintage, all manual cameras and lenses and […]Read more "Wedding Receptions on Film; No Flash, No Automation"
[Cover photo by Stephanie Lee] It’s a popular refrain; “the camera doesn’t matter, buying a Leica won’t make you a better photographer.” And while it’s true, I think the camera does matter and buying a Leica did make me a better photographer. You’re LOLing so loud that I think I can actually hear you 😉 If […]Read more "Leica Made Me a Better Photographer"
—This article is dedicated to recently lost souls; Andy Anderson, former drummer for The Cure and Keith Flint, infamous frontman of The Prodigy. May you find peace.— I was wearing my 1930 Leica when I first met Jason Nicholson in the streets of downtown Frederick, about this time last year. I noticed him strolling by […]Read more "Rock Photographer, Jason Nicholson"
Within the motion picture industry, William Gray’s storied history as a production photographer and his love for film proceeds him. In the early 2000’s, I worked with director Bob Giraldi on a Super 16 commercial campaign. I took production stills on my Nikon FM’s and Kodak Retina, catching the attention of the crew. It became […]Read more "Interview with Production Photographer, William Gray"
New and improved for 2019! http://www.JohnnyMartyr.com! Well, actually, I overhauled my site in the final months of 2018 but I think I’ve got all the bugs blown out and tweaks sufficiently tweaked. What d’ya think?! For anyone who remembers the old JohnnyMartyr.com, you’ll note that I finally removed ALL my color images, simplified my genres […]Read more "www.JohnnyMartyr.com"
While I have a pretty tight camera system and methods for shooting paid work, when shooting freely and creatively, I like to try a variety of cameras and lenses. I find that doing this can offer a fresh vision and shakes up my personal conventions, allowing me to take things in new directions. Every day […]Read more "Three Interpretations of Conduit"