I know, I know, I was doing so well there for a while, posting Friday Five’s so regularly that I’m sure you thought it would be a permanent thing. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but despite actively seeking inspiration for five things to gather into one post to cap off the week, it just wasn’t coming to me. And that’s okay, because there is still something I want to show you:
Do I have your attention? Good.
That shot was taken in the Amazon, by my friend and talented photographer Thomas Coulon. I know what you’re thinking. Yes, he’s French, and yes I’m probably predisposed to liking everything he does solely based on that fact alone (sorry, ladies, he’s taken!). But he has one of the finest eyes for photography I’ve ever encountered, and he surprisingly has no formal training. This just further proves what I learned while studying Photojournalism: either you have an eye for it or you don’t. It can’t be taught.
When I first
stalked Thomas and forced him to be my friend met Thomas, we were both undergraduates riding the shuttle around campus. We used to send each other pictures back and forth and ask for each other’s advice or opinions on composition, cropping, and everything else that nerdy photographers obsess over in their own photographs (sorry I just called you a nerd, Tom). I even got a sneak preview of some of his work from his trip backpacking through the Amazon close to 2 years ago. Since graduating he has traveled the world, hitting 4 continents, and taking some absolutely stunning photographs of places I only dream about going.
He’s having his first ever solo exhibition, “World Encounters” this weekend at a gallery in New Jersey, and if you are in the area I’d highly recommend going out and supporting him! It’s a tough thing, trying to pursue photography. I never had the balls (talent?) to really give it a legitimate try, and I commend Thomas for going for it. The folks at Gallery 13 are lucky to host him.
Here’s a video of Thomas talking (in his adorable French accent) about the exhibition: (if it doesn’t load immediately try refreshing the page. I don’t understand what its deal is)