Take three guesses on what style of photo portraits I am going after, and the first two don’t count. In 2019, what does it means to be an American? As an immigrant myself, I have always been fascinated by this subject. Now with the country being divided politically, this question is even more important than ever. In this project, I aim to make portraits of “Americans”, people that have stories to tell. For this project, I will be using an 8×10 camera and photograph solely in B&W. 8×10 B&W films are expensive and 8×10 color films are just impossibly expensive. […]
One of my pieces from the Occupy Wall Street project was accepted in a group show at the Pacific Art League, and the local newspaper ( https://paloaltoonline.com/news/2019/04/17/pacific-art-leagues-exhibition-celebrates-the-timeless-quality-of-black-and-white-photography ) did an article on it. The author wrote: “Richard Man channels the work of Robert Frank in “American,” a portrait of a man draped with American flags, which he also holds in his hands. His intense gaze seems to challenge onlookers to react to his patriotism.” High praise indeed….
March 30 12:30PM – 5PM, San Jose (CA) City Hall, Rotunda. Transgender Day of Visibility event. I will have ~10 VERY LARGE (44″ or larger) images, and another dozen 24×30″ images from my Hearts on Our Sleeves project. March 31 – May 31 BFUU (Berkeley Fellowship of UU), Berkeley, CA. I have 17 images from my Hearts on Our Sleeves project in the space. I guess this is my first “solo show” :-). Please join us at the March 31 Reception 12:30 – 1:30PM. The event is Free but please get tickets from EventBrite here. March 30 – May 11 […]
I am raising money to buy paper and ink to make prints for the Transgender Day of Visibility events. GoFundMe link here. Project description here.
I will probably be taking a road trip between March 7 to 12, 2019 (dates are somewhat flexible), traveling mainly between San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego and back. My goal is to take photos for my projects, especially for the “Hearts on Our Sleeves – gender expansive community in America” (see project description and sample images here). For it to be successful, I need couch-surfing space (I do snore, sorry) and of course people willing to be in front of the camera. If you are interested in the project, or know someone who is, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. […]
In 2011 and 2012, I went to photograph the Occupy Wall Street protests and the Occupy Oakland protests and the police responses. Some of my favorite images are now at the gallery.
I love panoramic images, so much that I have a 617 view camera and an XPan. Really glad that there is a panoramic display plugin for WordPress. NOTE: you can scroll horizontally with the images to see the full width! Hopefully now I can post panoramic images and not have them crop or otherwise being display in funky ways.
The website was getting a bit stale and in need of a redesign. Thanks to the amazing web designer at Fantastic Realities, this is now a WordPress powered site. I have been blogging on the new site for a couple months now, and tonight the old URL http://richardmanphoto.com redirects to this site http://richardman.photo. You can still contact me at email@example.com. Meanwhile, please enjoy this sunset photo of the Oakland cranes, rumored to be the inspiration for the Star Wars “At-At” Imperial walkers.
Jeremie, posing for another portrait for the Heart on Our Sleeves project, portraits of transgender people on 4×5 large format film. They ballet dance for fun, and we tried a couple poses. This one comes out nicely.
I love my 4×5 for portrait and landscape work. Nevertheless, it is without questions that medium format is more flexible. To see how far I can push medium format, I borrowed 2 film backs, in addition to my 2 backs, I will be doing some testing on some slow and medium speed film: Rollei RPX25, Ilford Pan F+ 50, Rollei Retro 80S, and Fuji Acros 100 (sadly discontinued earlier this year) Be back in a few days with some results! #ishootfilm #filmisnotdead #hasselblad #hasselblad203fe