Sunday, 9 February 2014

James Whitlow Delano | Hipstamatic

Photo © James Whitlow Delano-All Rights Reserved
Photo © James Whitlow Delano-All Rights Reserved
Photo © James Whitlow Delano-All Rights Reserved
James Whitlow Delano, a friend and a colleague-instructor at the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, was recently in China and supplemented his regular and distinctive Leica M6 work with lovely snaps using Hipstamatic for the iPhone.

Most of these photographs (more on his Facebook page) were of Xizhou (near Dali) in Yunnan province, where he reports that the old city of Dali has been pretty much been reduced to a shopping mall but Xizhou is still a treasure trove of traditional Bai (ethnic minority) architecture.

I frequently use this particular Hipstamatic filer and lens combination, and James' work reaffirmed my intention to supplement my forthcoming work in India (especially in the old alleys of Varanasi...and on its ghats) in the similar style. In contrast with Instagram, Hipstamatic forces its user to pre-determine the filter (lens, film and speed) before making the photograph...in effect, to pre-visualize the photograph before clicking the shutter.

James's biography is longer than my arm...so here's a shorter version. He has lived in Asia for 18 years. His work has been awarded internationally: the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (from Columbia University and Life Magazine), Leica’s Oskar Barnack, Picture of the Year International, PDN and others. Delano’s series on Kabul’s drug detox and psychiatric hospital was awarded 1st place in the 2008 NPPA Best of Photojournalism competition for Best Picture Story. His first monograph book, “Empire: Impressions from China” and work from “Japan Mangaland” have shown at several Leica Galleries in Europe. “Empire” was the first ever one-person show of photography at La Triennale di Milano Museum of Art. “The Mercy Project / Inochi” his charity photo book for hospice received the PX3 Gold Award and the Award of Excellence from Communication Arts. His work has appeared in magazines and photo festivals on five continents from Visa Pour L’Image, Rencontres D’Arles; to Noorderlicht. His new iPad book, Black Tsunami (FotoEvidence) documents the Japanese tsunami and nuclear crisis.