In Crossing - by Charlie Naebeck

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A note on In Crossing from author Charlie Naebeck:

"I started 2015 with two personal projects in mind. The first is to release my book of old student work that I photographed in Florence, Italy, during my study abroad, and the second is to give myself a chance to re-discover how I see and how my brain functions when I have no direct assignment.

My Glimpses book was more or less reaffirming where I came from in my work to get back to basics. It was a chance for my students to see that it is OK to experiment instead of only having the pressure of being technically sound.

I published my Resonance project on the topic of body image before Glimpses.

I found myself coming out of Resonance very drained after such a deep topic.

I went down a dark road where I was utterly turned off by fashion work and the whole nature of the social media sphere with the selfish point of view of the internet culture after my research for Resonance.

Perhaps it has always been this way to a degree, though.

Are we screaming so loud to be heard that we have forgotten what it is like to enjoy the simplicity of experiences?

We did not have a pre-internet platform to use as our imaginary scapegoat for forgetting how to socialize in the real world properly.

I am still turned off by the usage of social media for many things that are thrown in my face.

The alarming fact that I see is that there is this sameness taking over our dear blue marble. Tradition and cultural heritage is disappearing at an alarming rate. People are starting to look, talk, dress, and act similarly.

I know that everything changes with time, but in this technology-crazed era, I see drones taking my friends' place. What happened to our parents telling us to play outside back in the day as kids?

We did not have cell phones with intelligent buttons to ignore the world.

Sure, we had television to drown our problems as our "escape" from whatever was going on, but when your parents told you to go outside, you had to become very creative to come up with something to do, and you had to use your imagination.

I can't count how many people I encounter today tell me they are not creative.

I feel sorry for the kids of the latest generations who are handed a computer or iPad and do not get to build fundamental skill sets the same as growing up.

Parents use technology as a pacifier to not have to interact with their kids too.

The truth is that everyone CAN be creative; it is just a mentality that we have the attention span of a gnat these days due to the "have it now" culture of technology changing our world.

We have always been very content driven as human beings. If someone looks at a photograph, for example, and does not see something that they "like," they suddenly do not "like" the picture purely based on content alone.

Psychologically it is an associative manner of practice where the brain can be trained to "like" anything you want.

We just put walls in our heads due to the repetition of mass culture and media shoved down our throats.

Sadly, but true, I even found myself drawn to particular groups of individuals in my journey this past year due to my own life experiences. I was not even attempting to look for anything in particular when photographing.

Everything that leads you up to the moment of pushing the shutter to make a photograph pre-conditions your mind as to what you "like" and will produce images of for one reason or another.

I made 8,532 photographs of personal nature without an assignment in mind this year.

Mind you, everyone wanting to become a photographer or learn photography says they do not have time to take photographs.

The secret is that I always have a minimum of two cameras with me. It has become a lifestyle where I see images even without a camera in my hands.

That is when you know that you are serious about your work.

If you want to dabble in making images, that is fine, but practice makes perfect for getting good at your craft.

That said, I limited my selection of images purely to those I made with a single camera and a 50mm lens for this project.

I will not name the camera as photography is not about the gear. It is about who is behind the camera, can see good light, and communicate through the medium.

I may sound a little selfish, but it is the truth. Many individuals get too hung up on buying expensive gear that they never use or learn how to manipulate for what they want to create.

Or, even worse, many think buying a "good camera" will make good images.

Use your gear, and let it pay for your upgrades, I always say.

Or, use your gear, and let it exhaust the possibilities to the point where you outgrow your camera. In other words, learn every function that YOUR camera has to offer, and when you have mastered it to the fact that you can repeat it backward and forward, move on to an upgrade.

I wish that someone had told me that when I first started. I would have saved a lot of money that way and increased my skill level much quicker by trying to think creatively with limitations rather than confusing myself with too many options.

By slowing down the process, I produce more "keepers" than throw-away images.

The process is only one step in making solid images. Learning to see is the next step to making work improve. Learning to communicate is the most powerful aspect.

Photography is its language. It expresses what we are passionate about, and as my professor told me once, it can also be used as a weapon.

You have to learn about yourself in the process.

Being brutally honest with yourself and not censoring your process will help your work become the strongest it possibly can be.

You can't rush the process, either. Great work takes time.

With that said, I hope you have enjoyed reading about the thought process that I started during this past year's journey.

These thoughts became the catalyst of inspiration to take a year to simply street shoot with no particular goal in mind, and the journey became the work.

I present my favorite 56 street images I photographed with a single camera with a single 50mm lens in 2015.

I affectionately call the project "In Crossing."

  • A high quality Ebook by professional photographer Charlie Naebeck exploring the streets of New York City to address social issues in every day life.

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  • A high quality Ebook by professional photographer Charlie Naebeck exploring the streets of New York City to address social issues in every day life.
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  • Length64 pages
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