Friday, June 8, 2018

Just to Be Alive

"The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves"
- Alan Watts

Friday, June 1, 2018

Featured Photographer: Robb Wilson

Robb Wilson

"My name is Robb Wilson, short for Robert, but I prefer Robb.
 I am 64 years old and live in Los Angeles. I was born in Lansing, Michigan and grew up in Grand Ledge. I studied film making at Lansing Community College, majored in English at Michigan State, and then I worked for two and half years as a TV news photographer for an NBC affiliate in Lansing before coming to Los Angeles to attend The American Film Institute as a Cinematography Fellow." 

"We always had cameras around the house,mostly the Kodak Brownie type. I got started shooting stills that way. My oldest brother had set up a darkroom in our basement,and he taught me how to develop film and print my own photos. My dad had a regular 8mm movie camera, so I learned to shoot movies with that.Eventually we got 35mm cameras and I used those, ditching the Brownies for 35, using Kodachrome, Ektachrome and short-ends of motion picture stock, learning the different characteristics of those stocks."

"Most of these protests took place in downtown Los Angeles. They have often begun at Pershing Square, with a march taking the rally to City Hall. I pretty much took up the mantle of photographing (and shooting video) of protests ever since Trump was elected. Prior to that I had a sort of indifference toward protests going on in L.A., because I really couldn't relate to much of what people were doing, or I felt the protests were people trying to make mountains out of molehills." 

"Having been a film student and a sort of self-taught film scholar, I sometimes see things in terms of movies I have seen. Kubrick is my favorite director, so I will often frame and shoot in a way that suggests his compositions. And since I use natural light my work is often seen as influenced by his films. I've also been influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans and Dorthea Lange. Cartier-Bresson turned street photography into an art form, and Lange did likewise with her photos of the dispossessed sharecroppers during the Great Depression. I suppose I could include combat photos and films from WWII and Vietnam as being an influence as well. If an image really grabs my imagination it will stick with me and I might find myself taking a photo or shooting video unconsciously imitating -- or at least showing the influence of -- that image, whether it is a photo, a shot from a movie, or even a painting."

 "I used to be a TV news photographer,
 I am accustomed to being at places where I feel comfortable photographing.
  -- public events, sporting events, protests, rallies, etc. --"

"Though, I am also doing this because of Trump. 
 Not since Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement have so many people come out in the streets to protest. This is history, and I want to capture as much of it from my perspective as possible."

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Contest: Meaning Of Life

"The Meaning of Life"
What does this mean to you?
 Why are we here, What is important about being alive? 
Is it something cosmic or little things in our everyday world!?
Submit your images and show us what this means to you!

To enter: Email up to three photographs to:
With "Contest Entry" in the subject line along with your name.
Send $5 to:

Submission Guidelines
You may submit up to Three (3) Images for each contest
Entry Fee: $5 (Paypal Only)
 Image Size: 640px on longest side, 72dpi
Email photographs to:
Include "Contest Entry" in the subject line along with your name.
Winners will be notified by email, and announced publicly online.

One winner will receive
 a 30 day sponsorship package:
Winning Photographer will have a link to their website 
on the front page of CTU, as well as month-long advertising 
across our Facebook and Instagram pages. 

Deadline for entries is:
Midnight PST: June 30th 2018 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Featured Photographer: Francesca Pucci

 Francesca Pucci

I was born in the cold winter of 1983,
where costumes and tradition have remained.
In love with art and all its forms,
I collect sounds and visions in a imaginary world
between "Dylan Dog" and "Pretty in Pink".
Qualified at APAB, a Photography school in Florence,
I now collaborate with local cultural associations,
film festival and music magazines, and am co-founder
 of Caroline Records Zine with Silvia Fucci Brizi.”

"Without any doubt,
 music and everything around it, is the force of my artistic work.
Each subject and each story is music, I'm drawn to the ''sound" that they make.
 I try to change it into a picture."

"I'm inspired by every artist that was able

 to portray music in an excellent way:
 A. Leibniz, P. Smith, A. Corbijn,
R. Mapplethorpe, G. Harari, L. Ghirri.”

When I was little I loved drawing a lot
and didn't like being disturbed by anyone,
not even by my father,
 who was an amateur photographer
and was constantly taking pictures of me.
(So boring!)

Until something changed: I realized that I was on the wrong side of the lens.”

I've always had a particular attention for details
and with photography I found the magnifying glass of the world.
In 2009, love, travels, and above all, music,
brought me the necessity to document everything
that would not be with me again. “

The most important part of the work is to know how to tell a little story.

Choose well to tell a lot, but not everything.”

Non ci sarebbe stato il rock’n’roll, 
se prima qualcuno non l’avesse ‘visto’ "

There wouldn't have been rock'n'roll, 
if someone hadn't "seen" it before"

-Gino Castaldo

(Interview by Carli Vögel)

Friday, April 20, 2018

A Good Life

                  Dark Indigo                                                        Brana Vojnovic

 "Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones." -Marcus Aurelius