This is my favorite shot of Toby Mac during the winter jam concert. Quite a lot of loud fun.
This is my first time doing this kind of concert by the way and the photographs turned out better than I expected them to. What can I say? The lighting was great.
Iíve seen a lot of photographers doing minimalism lately. Iíve been keeping an eye out for anything that I could take a picture of and pass it as minimalism, itís hard to do you really have to have an eye to see a good chance at a minimalism photograph.
I couldnít find anything that I could do when I saw this outside my window and started taking pictures. It was rainy out and overcast so that added a kind of darker feel to it.
If you interested in this type of photography I sugest you check out ~ minimalism they have some really good stuff.
I know that it is untitled. I almost always name my photographs, but I wanted this one to speak for itself.
I have really hit a milestone with this photograph. This is my favorite piece I have ever done to date. Personally, I donít think I could have asked for any more from this.
I have been searching for something like this photograph for months now. A lot of my work lately has been bright colored and vibrant. But I have been searching for something a little more quiet. A little more subtle. Subtle, yet functional.
Iíve been getting pretty deep into the abstract with this one. There are so many connections I want to convey with this. I hate to explain them because I feel it will leave no room for interpretation. But then again, I doubt that anyone will really go into depth thinking and researching about this one...... so I will offer some of my main thoughts about this:
1. Asa Griggs Candler was a business entrepreneur who bought Coca-Cola company from its creator John Pemberton. Candler went on to bring the Coca-Cola company great success because of his huge push to utilize advertising in pushing this product.
2. I chose this way of composition to convey a more modern approach to advertising. More aesthetically minimal. A more pure form of the product. This is a photograph of a vending machine which I find so pleasing to look at, especially at night. For me (as a photographer) I tend to notice ordinary things like this and I find it to look extraordinary. Although this attraction to the aesthetics of this.......... machine is on a conscience cognitive level for me, I think that the normal consumer takes this in at a more subconscience level but it is just as attractive to them (they are just not as aware of it.) Advertising relies on this subconscience level of thinking that quietly yells out ďBUY ME!!!Ē It is so natural and they know that, and they use it against us. And it works....... amazingly well too...... if it didnít work then there would not be millions spent every year on advertising.
3. Keeping the sub-conscience in mind I think of Freud, the father of the psychoanalytical field of psychology, filled with theories of the sub-conscience and many of concepts that directly affect the advertising industry. Now if you can follow me deeper into the abyss you can see Candler as the father of psychoanalytical advertising. When I think of advertising, I think immediately of the soft drink industry.
4. As a kid I used to down Coca-Cola and Pepsi on a daily basis. At least two a day. A few years ago I started drinking water instead. Now when I drink soda/pop/coke I feel horrible. It coats my throat and irritates it. My teeth are also coated in an uncomfortable way. After I drink it I have to brush my teeth and drink water to try to purify me. But yet I still feel a draw to drink it every once and a while. Itís weird because I donít particularly like the taste of it either. Itís an interesting battle and it parallels so many things in life that are like this. Like money and wealth, Iíve never heard of anyone being content with what they have, even if they have everything...... it seems that people who have fame and fortune seem to have some of the most problems. I heard a sermon this weekend that talked about chasing after the wind. That all these tangible objects in this world will never completely satisfy a person. That we need to rely on Jesus for satisfaction and stay on Godís path. There was a very interesting story about a famous sportswriter named Gary Smith who interviewed the boxer Mohammed Ali not too long ago. Ali granted an interview with the sportswriter at Aliís home. But when the reporter got there Ali was just silent and didnít really respond to the reporters questions.... but he did lead the reporter out to his barn which was filled with pictures and memorabilia from his fighting days. Ali took a look at one of his framed pictures and then turned it upside down and set it back on the self. He then walked outside and mumbled something....... the sportswriter asked him if he could repeat what he had just said because he couldnít hear him. And Ali said, ďI had the world........... and it wasnít nothing. Look now.Ē
"Hey, yo, it's me, TobyMac, and I don't mean to trouble you I'm feeling fresher than a night at the W You're probably saying 'Toby, we've heard quite enough of you With God and your rhymes and that freaky Jesus stuff you do Like always pushing for that racial diversity Leave us alone, we're at home in our fantasies I know a guy who knows a guy who has brown skin Once in a while, it so happens I'm around him' We'll never be a shining city on a hill, ya'll Until we show and prove to the people what is real, ya'll It's like we're stale dirty water in the tub of life Give me a fire that inspires all the world tonight Give me a fire that inspires all the world tonight"
-"Fresher Than a Night at the W" by TobyMac
A pretty good challenge there, if you ask me.
I started drawing this today and was using a photo of him, which I got in the mail as a special gift because of the Christmas sale at his site, as reference. What's funny, though, is that he had some shades on, but I decided not to draw them because of all the reflections But yeah, Toby's awesome! He's one of my favorite singers, and he's got a lot of great messages!
While I was drawing this, I was thinking, "Hey! I might as well make this my New Years/ late Christmas gift to everyone!" Plus, as a friend of mine once said, "Everybody loves TobyMac"!
Also, I kinda rushed after finishing his hair. So his shirt and the closer part of his arm were rushed, but his arm was blurred in the photo anyway, so it worked out...kinda. I'll probably fix those and his hair a little bit later, though
Anyway, I've gotta thank =Cataclysm-X for making such helpful tutorials!
Medium: Wooden pencil, eraser, kneaded eraser, two tissues
Time: (guess-timation) around 7 hours
TobyMac copyrighted (maybe ) by Toby McKeehan Reference picture copyrighted by ForeFront Records
Random Edit: At first I was frustrated that this looks so light when it was scanned, but then I noticed that if you tilt your computer screen back a little bit, this picture looks much more like it does on paper!
Edit 2: Fixed his hair and arm, but I still want to define the wristbands, blend the background, and blend the hair some more. Now if only I can find my tortollions...