John Roshka Photographer

A moment in Tunisia / Project update and what I read

Posted in Documentary by John Roshka on April 9, 2013

It is very hard to write on a blog about photography, especially when everything you feel you want to write is already written on other blogs. I mean, that my ideas and my feelings about a particular issue can be very well described on Blake Andrews blog, Joerg Colberg’s blog on LPV Magazine digests and I don’t get it to write it better, no way…they are the best. What should I write about then…have no idea.

First, I was thinking to share on my blog the links to the posts I really like or to paragraphs that I find as inspirational. But, anyone can just go to their blogs and read the posts and decide for themselves what is good or bad for them as photographers.

Then, there is these trend of writing a whole Bible about “how I made this photo, from the beginning till the end” without even noticing that the audience might have another opinion about the power of the image itself.

So, what is left is images. I think there are people/photographers/authors/philosophers that CAN do the talk and the photography, and there are those who can’t really do it. I think I’m one of them. I have it all in my have but I don’t have the ability to let it on paper as these 3 people do that I really respect. They inspire photographers, at least me, by writing thoughts, ideas, searching for the future and finding a reason in what we photographers do.

These are the main blogs I read everyday and can’t wait for a new post to appear:

Blake Andrews Blog

LPVMagazine

Joerg Colberg Blog – Conscientious 

The other blogs and sources I like:

Eric Kim Photography Blog

A Photo Editor

Wayne Ford’s blog

TIME Lightbox

So, if there are people designed to write and inspire us photographers…and themselves also…what is left for us is to produce images…and share them.

Palm trees and house with green carpet, Nabeul, Tunisia, 2012 / from Views without People

Mosque and intersection, Nabeul, Tunisia, 2012 / from Views with People

During the Tunisiana Beach Challenge, Nabeul, Tunisia, 2012 / from Moments

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A Moment in Tunisia / Project Update and some words on style

Posted in Photography by John Roshka on March 1, 2013

For me photography is becoming more and more subjective…and I think because its rules are drawn by us, humans…we make the rules for it, for everything actually.

A photograph must please the eye or put questions and one can’t do that in an infinite number of ways…or styles. Every major photographer has his/her style. But I think it is not the style that they have, but the ability or the choice of making the photographs the way they do. I tend to say that almost all photojournalists, reportage photographers shoot their own way but within the same style.

What makes your own “style” is the selection of subject, the way you compose the image, the message and the most important is the dedication to the medium and the loyalty to you as an explorer of the world.

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Untitled #8, Nabeul, Tunisia, 2012 / from Views without People

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Untitled #8, Nabeul, Tunisia, 2012 / from Views with People

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Untitled #8, Nabeul, Tunisia, 2012 / from Moments

A Moment in Tunisia / Project Update

Posted in Photography by John Roshka on February 24, 2013

Garage door and arch, Nabeul, Tunisia, 2012 / from Views without People 

These kind of images give me a real aesthetic pleasure. I like to fill the frame with forms and compositional lines. They are simple views that tend to organize space through balance. I am at the beginning of exploring this kind of photography, but I like it. It is very calming and relaxing. Check this out: http://www.gerryjohansson.com/page2/photos-2/page72.html

 

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Women resting on the beach, Nabeul, Tunisia, 2012 / from Views with People

These images contain the same workflow and meaning, but have people in them. I consider them as a straight social documentation. A still moment captured and composed as the social scene takes it’s place without me interfering.

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A Family on the beach, Nabeul, Tunisia, 2012 / from Moments

This essay contains images more related to street photography. Interesting moments with subjects connecting with each other through motion, emotion, gesture and activity.

More photos are coming.

Views without People, Untitled #5, Lonely house, Nabeul, Tunisia, 2012

Posted in Documentary, Photography by John Roshka on February 2, 2013

Untitled #5, Lonely house, Nabeul, Tunisia, 2012

A MOMENT IN TUNISIA/Views without People

In 2012 I traveled to Tunisia. I stayed there 8 days so I haven’t documented any serious project. I was there as a tourist and the images I captured represent an unintentional, unplanned reflection of my feelings and mood at that very moment.
I photographed everything that caught my attention: interesting, beautiful and different and I classified the images under:

Views without people

Views with people

Moments

Views without People is a series of images that have no people in them, that are captured and composed both from the bus and from outside, and that have an interesting subject. These image are a reflection of myself, of what I find beautiful and different in comparison to the environment I am used to live in.

A Moment in Tunisia / Moments #5

Posted in Documentary, Photography by John Roshka on February 1, 2013

Untitled #5, A MOMENT IN TUNISIA/Moments, Nabeul, Tunisia, 2012

In 2012 I traveled to Tunisia. I stayed there 8 days so I haven’t documented any serious project. I was there as a tourist and the images I captured represent an unintentional, unplanned reflection of my feelings and mood at that very moment.
I photographed everything that caught my attention: interesting, beautiful and different and I classified the images under:

Views without people

Views with people

Moments

Moments is a series of street images taken in Tunisia during my stay. The images are not straight composed frames, but a capture of a moment.

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