When I was a young photographer, with photojournalism as my goal (before I discovered it was more exciting to shoot women and more lucrative to do advertising), I used to take my camera everywhere. Always on the lookout for an interesting photograph. But if you really work at it that approach is exhausting and if… Read More OUT AND ABOUT: STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
I have a number of websites, both subscription and free. I’ve been asked a number of times about what they are, what kind of photos they have and what the difference is. Here is a brief rundown. BILL DOBBINS PHOTOGRAPHY This is my commercial photography website, featuring my advertising, fashion, lifestyle and celebrity photos. After… Read More ABOUT MY MANY WEBSITES
I’ve always loved photographs of great bodies shot against a background of some sort of dramatic landscape – mountains, desert, lave-strewn beaches. Outdoor location images of Steve Reeves or Arnold Schwarzenegger. High fashion photos shot in the Himalayas or Africa. Edward Weston’s nudes at Oceano Dunes. For me, extraordinary bodies and landscapes go together. I’d… Read More FIGURES IN THE LANDSCAPE
(This post contains nude images, but no adult content.) The camera was invented in the early 1830s and the next day some guy asked a woman he knew to pose without her clothes on. And undressed photos of women have proliferated ever since. I say undressed (or naked) rather “nudes” because here is a big… Read More PHOTOGRAPHING NUDES
Amber Deluca FEMALE MUSCLE: THE SHOCK OF THE NEW Not just another social trend, but a cultural revolution! By Bill Dobbins Although I do a variety of different kinds of photography – advertising, fashion, lifestyle and such – my fine art work (and my two fine art books) are on the subject of the aesthetically developed… Read More FEMALE MUSCLE – SHOCK OF THE NEW
Economic times change and business models come and go. When my sister was very young she repaired parts of Linotype machines. I remember shopping for the best price on a Selectric typewriter. Duesenberg was once the luxury car of choice. Kodak and Fuji sold boat-loads of film. And as the 20th century began, Westfield MA… Read More WHY BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER IS LIKE BEING A BUGGY WHIP MANUFACTURER IN 1902
Supreme Court Justice Potter Steward once famously said that he couldn’t define pornography but he knew it when he saw it. What he didn’t realize is that pornography is not a “thing.” It is somebody’s reaction to a thing. A 1944 Betty Grable poster was sexy in its day, seems quaint now but would have… Read More WHAT IS ART?