Inspo: Daniel Milnor

I’ve gotta love / hate relationship with Instagram. Very few photos nowadays make my thumb stop mid scroll, all the photos…errr…I mean content looks the same. Influencers and wanna be influencers chasing likes and followers. But at the end of the day, Instagram isn’t a photography platform, it never really was. It’s a communications tool. Let’s call a spade a spade. Maybe that’s my issue, content creators passing for creatives…or dare I say photographers.

But every now and again there are voices on Instagram that I want to hear, and their work I want to see. One of those people is Dan Milnor. Dan is a creative no longer in the photo game so to speak and a straight shooter. He doesn’t take himself too seriously. Dan is always trying to find ways to stay creative, or seek creativity. I can certainly relate. He also lives in both in the film and digital world, lusting for his Leica and Kodak Tri-X, while appreciating the benefits of the mirrorless Fuji X system.

It’s post like the below that keep me coming back to his feed and blog.

@daniel.milnor



Inspo: Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks is the main reason why I picked up a camera. My very first photography website, 93 Autumns, was a homage in a way to Gordon Parks’ “Half Past Autumn” His photography American Gothic remains one of my favorite portraits….photos of all time.

American Gothic,  Washington, D.C., 1942  | Gordon Parks

American Gothic, Washington, D.C., 1942 | Gordon Parks

I was so bummed when I was in D.C. last month that I wasn’t able to visit the National Portrait Gallery to check out the exhibit: Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950 because of the government shutdown. Thanks Trump.

Dialed In to Dial Back

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Los Angeles, CA | iPhone 7 Plus

This photo was taken last summer at the conclusion of a trip to Los Angeles. Me and two really good friends, whom I met via Flickr nearly a decade ago while I was living in Washington, D.C. decided to meet in L.A. for the sole purpose of making photos, and hitting the refresh button creatively speaking. Shout out to Yonas and Ed.

During Flickr's heyday, I attended a few Flickr meetups in D.C. where I was fortunate enough to make lifelong friends (like the two that I hung out with in LA) and it was an avenue for me to meet other photographers. Through Flickr I was able to show my work to a larger audience and lucky enough to get noticed to be invited to show my work at local exhibitions and gallery around town. I still pinch myself when I tell people "Yeah, I've had my photos on exhibit in the nation's capital"

I write all this to say, that Flickr will always have a special place in my heart. It's where sharing photos online really started for me. It's given me something that Instagram never could, and that's the true feeling of nostalgia, real friendships.

I'm coming back to Flickr, but sometimes I feel like I never left.

Stay shootin', shoot for self.

Peace.