We as a culture have become more and more a visual-based culture. From social apps like Instagram and SnapChat, to dating apps like tinder and match.com. Why say something, when you can show something. While some will argue that it is due to the fact that a picture says 1,000 words, others will say it is due to the fact we are consumed with instant gratification and pictures simply enabling us to process things at an accelerated pace. I argue that we as a culture have become much more interested in the art of storytelling, the narrative, the message, the statement. While words can describe a feeling or a set of events. Nothing can capture a moment like a picture.
I hope that my diatribe into why we as a culture have become obsessed with photos has not put you off, I would like to transition the focus on this post. Over the last three years, I have become obsessed with photography, I love urban environments, I love grainy 35mm film, I love models who aren't afraid to let their guard down while in front of the camera resulting in something amazing, spectacular, and without words. With that logic, I decided to scoured the internet, seeking to find like-minded people who were in the same place as me creatively who wanted to showcase their photos. After days of scouring the internet searching across Instagram and Tumblr, I came across Phillip Gandy's work and decided to reach out. A few emails later, I am happy to inform the Dailey Blend community that Philip's photos will act as the backdrop and artwork for the next series of Dailey Blend and Sunday Sessions podcasts. In addition to his photo's, below you can read up on his background, how he got into photography. and see some samples of his work.
A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
GET TO KNOW :: PHILLIP GANDY
My name is Phillip Gandy and I'm originally from Los Angeles, California, now living in Atlanta, Georgia. As a kid, I always loved looking at pictures; magazines, photo albums, even billboards. Seeing those images at a young age may have planted a seed in me that has grown into my passion for capturing still photography. I never lost the love of seeing great photos.
Fast forward to 2013. My kids were getting older and I noticed that I didn't have quality pictures of them. While researching camera models and features, I stumbled upon B and H YouTube channel. There, my eyes and mind were exposed to incredible images from photographers like Jeff Cable, Bob Davis, George Diebold and I could go on. Not only did these photographers display their images but they also explained camera settings and, basically, held mini master classes on composition and exposure.
In regards to capturing still images, I thought: "Just hold the camera to your face and shoot;" however, these photographers demonstrated that, through careful and methodical composition and exposure along with creative post editing, one can produce an image that can spark memories, feelings and evoke mood... I was hooked.
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