HOW SHOULD WE DEFINE ART? Maybe “Art” Should Be A Verb, Not A Noun By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Humans are fond of using symbols for which there is no actual referent. That is, using words to refer to things that don’t actually exist. It would be hard to find real world examples of “dragon,” “unicorn”… Read More MAYBE “ART” SHOULD BE A VERB, NOT A NOUN
FEMALE MUSCLE: Where Feminism Has Failed Women By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbins.com The progress that women, primarily in western culture, have made since the latter half of the 19th century is amazing. This is especially evident when you look at the status of women in parts of the world that have not gone through this evolutionary… Read More FEMALE MUSCLE: Where Feminism Has Failed Women
WHY DO WE LOVE BW IMAGES? Maybe Because They Are Much Easier To Process By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com The earliest known type of camera was the camera obscure, in which light passing through a small hole was projected on some kind of screen behind it. The first reference to this device occurred in China back… Read More WHY DO WE LOVE BW IMAGES?
CAMERAS DON’T SHOOT PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHERS DO By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com Seeing is one of the most complicated things we do. But we are mostly unaware of the complexity involved with vision so we don’t fully appreciate all that goes into being able to take in visual information and create the experience of vision. The human brain is… Read More CAMERAS DON’T SHOOT PHOTOS
By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com GOODBY AGE OF FILM The age of film as the primary medium of photography is over. Some photographers may still shoot photos on film – there are those who still make Daguerreotypes – but capturing images using some kind of electronic processing will be with us for the foreseeable… Read More DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY – THE IMPORTANCE OF POST-PROCESSING
NATURE OF REVOLUTION I read an interesting quote in a book recently: “It would hardly be a revolution if everyone agreed with it at the beginning, would it?” This applies to most areas of our culture, from taste and social conventions, fashion, psychology and even medicine and scientific knowledge. This especially applies to my photos… Read More MY PHOTOS: REAL REVOLUTION TAKES TIME
My photo studio is located in Los Angeles. I have wonderful photo locations easily available including the beach, mountains and deserts not too many miles away. This is why I encourage those who want the best possible photos to come to book photo session and come here to L.A. I get asked a lot if… Read More SHOOTING PHOTOS IN LOS ANGELES
THE AGE OF FREE PORN We live in an age of free porn on the Internet and any magazines should keep this in mind when they are thinking about publishing photos of sexy women to attract readers. Penthouse went out of business at one point trying to chase the Internet in terms of erotic content.… Read More “GIRLIE” PHOTOS AND FAILING FITNESS MAGAZINES
A NEW ARCHETYPE When Pumping Iron author Charles Gaines first saw women bodybuilders in the late 1970s he declared they represented a “new archetype” – a kind of body never seen before in any culture anywhere in the world at any time in history. Women who develop their muscles for aesthetic purposes are “something new… Read More WHY AESTHETIC FEMALE MUSCLE IS IMPORTANT
THE EVOLUTION OF BODYBUILDING Competitive bodybuilding went through a major growth spurt in the 1970s and 1980s after a period of very slow evolution starting in the 1940s. The public had gotten a very narrow view of bodybuilding over the years. Steve Reeves, one of the most beautiful human beings ever on the planet, certainly made… Read More WHAT IS NEEDED TO FIX PRO BODYBUILDING?