Harry Benson CBE on spontaneity in photography

Beatles pillow fight, 1964

“I dislike studio photography because it’s not spontaneous. Anything you could go back and do five minutes, five months or five years later is not a great picture; you’ve lost the spontaneity… Studio photography is not really photography — it’s dress designing.”

“To me, a good photograph is a glimpse and gone forever. It can never happen again; it’s spontaneous. The Beatles will never have another pillow fight…”

Harry Benson CBE

This quote is from the October 2021 issue of Digital Camera World. I don’t single-mindedly adhere to the quote’s ethos, but I understand, respect, and try to harness its point of view.

There are many ways to analyze the practice and history of photography. I’m an armchair art historian, but I do believe one of the most fundamental axes running through photography has staged photography at one end of the spectrum and spontaneous photography at the other.

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Kanye West portrait (work in progress)

I started working on a portrait of Kanye West back in 2017, but I never got around to finishing it. Now, I haven’t finished it quite yet, but I did make some progress that I wanted to share:

Kanye West, illustration © copyright 2021 Peter Skirko, all rights reserved.

Big thanks to Serif for making a very nice Illustrator alternative in Affinity Designer. I found it quite intuitive to use, which is not an easy feat for a vector illustration app.

The work so far needs various technical fixes, but the vibe is there. Now, he just needs an upper body and a nice background.

Big-Box Rebound: How Target Packaged a Turnaround

The opinions stated here are my own, not those of my company.

I recently read the article Big-Box Rebound: How Target Packaged a Turnaround. It’s online, so read it yourself too. It was originally published August 2019, so it’s not exactly new.

The tl;dr of the article is summarized in this chart:

From https://fortune.com/longform/target-retail-big-box-turnaround/
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5 principles for managing and optimizing your tech career

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© 2021 Peter Skirko. All rights reserved.

Whether you already have a blossoming career in tech or are trying to “break into the industry”, congratulations, and get ready! A career in tech is both rewarding and perilous. Here’s why.

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