I bought my first SLR when I was 19 years old. It was a Pentax K1000 and I spent every cent of my savings on it. I remember holding it for the first time and thinking “you just spent everything you had on this, better make something out of it”.
The next morning I was up early and saw this amazing sunrise, the sky was full of small clouds and it looked epic (I’m bummed that I can’t find that shot now, but this was the 90’s after all, it’s been a while).
That was the first photo I took with the Pentax, and the beginning of me taking photography seriously. I was in San Francisco last month and went up to Treasure Island, where I found this sky. It’s not a sunrise but it has that same larger than life feeling, like an announcement of great things to come (and it also showcases one of my favorite cities in the world).
Assigner: Brad Wenner
Description: Today’s newspapers are full of issues that are not easily photographed. Mortgage backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, robosigning, the European debt crisis, SOPA, and interest rates. How can photography be used to communicate what’s happening in a world where current events are becoming increasingly abstract?
Assignment: Oldest School
Assigner: Blake Sinclair
Description: When people find out I’m a photographer, they ask how I got in to it. And why I got in to it. Somewhere in the conversation, I think about the very first photograph I ever took. It might not be the EXACT photo, but it’s the one that comes to mind as the first. This month, recreate that photo. Or use it as inspiration. Bonus points if you can provide the actual photograph.