Documenting Small Towns w/ Fujifilm 16mm 1.4 – Day 4


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  1. Shanghao Zhong October 10, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    first

  2. City Street October 10, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Brilliant series, kudos Andrew, as a street photographer myself I know how hard it can be to approach strangers and ask to shoot their portraits; but asking to shoot inside a strangers home, next level sir. This has inspired me to rethink some of my future projects. 👏👏👏👏👏

  3. Rhapsodic Stillness October 10, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    I thoroughly enjoy these images. They really touched me. Thanks!

  4. Tim Chan October 10, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    I love the mood and the music of your videos. It feels like you were soul searching and I think everyone should spend time alone from time to time (esp. married men with kids and a full time job!). Anyway, nice photos and video!

  5. howlingwelshman October 10, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Make sure you don't approach people with sunglasses on. Never under estimate how far eye contact will take you.

  6. rmrpictures1 October 10, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Love this! Good tips. I found that an Instax printer is magical in getting people excited afterwards and might help with the legitimacy part. I have a sticker that I put on back of it with my IG, etc. Looking forward to seeing how your technique progresses…

  7. Gerner Christensen October 10, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Super inspiring video. I really learned something here. Thanks man 🙂

  8. Benjamin Sandness October 10, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Failed motels are definitely a canary in the coal mine for small towns.

    I wonder about making a coffee table book for a trip/town/county and having something with you to show what you do and why, as long as you’re clear that you’re not trying to get rich off of it or sell them anything. 🤔

  9. Doctor 1O1 October 10, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    That made me quite happy and relaxed,People usually prefer to go to exotic places, its refreashing to see someone exploring their own backyard, hope you get to do this more often.👍

  10. Vincent Provenzano October 10, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Don’t grow up. It’s a trap. 🤓 Enjoy your vlog. Keep up the good work.

  11. Vince Donato October 10, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Andrew the Photographer Barbarian!! Lol crazy dope documentation. Your pics motivate and inspire me to see composition in any surrounding, keep the content coming in 👌🏽🤙🏽

  12. ryanehoward October 10, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    First of all, do NOT sell the bike.
    Second of all your idea isn't weird at all. I immediately thought of one of my favorite photographers Keith Carter with his books From Uncertain to Blue and Fireflies: Photographs of Children. If anyone hasn't checked out his work I highly recommend it.
    Documenting not just small towns but also the lives that go on inside of them is a great photo project idea.

  13. don koerner October 10, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Your story reminds me of a very inspirational (for me anyhow) film I saw a couple years back called "Robin's Road Trip". It's about a successful Dutch fashion photographer who rents a Harley and travels the American west while making portraits along the way. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend you do! BTW I own a 2004 Triumph Thruxton and it is my mechanical soulmate! I'm thinking about getting a sidecar for it. Just a thought for you but, I think that if you had a sidecar people would find you less intimidating. I mean, who doesn't like motorcycles with sidecars? Here's a link to view "Robin's Road Trip" trailer on Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/237605192 Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to your channel. I am looking forward to future vids!

  14. Mark W October 10, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Sounds like you are opening up a really interesting project here. Be great to see you do some more of this (with the bike, of course). Documentary photography is something that I have been toying with myself at times – I even went to London College of Communication Documentary Photography MA open days to find out some about it to manage my academic / photography needs!

  15. V4D2 October 10, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Andrew…
    I'm 1.20mins into this video ..and i disagree with you.

    That 1st video..It was a really solid video.
    Yes.. it was not the best expressing, i have seen from you…but it was a great opening video for this trip of yours.
    (The potential REALLY is there..as well as great points/moments. And it shows your effort in pursuing your inner journey.
    For me..it is a privilege to being able to witness it.
    Its way more important to not remain upset about it, just like you mentioned.
    To me…it really has got sth in there. Sth that comes from the core of you..and that is completely worth diving into.
    I hope that you keep working on it..and keep showing us your personal evolution..through the work.
    I have been postponing starting my channel specially because I am too much of a perfectionist..and therefore I see starting sth..only after everything is sort of aligned and perfect.
    That is utter BS….and it is way more interesting to being a spectator..perhaps even partipating in the journey of your Life..than watching a completely 'finished' product.

  16. V4D2 October 10, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I'm pretty sure the woman you love, loves you back ..and will be your sponsor in the near future..once again.
    😉

    PS: for what its worth.. I kinda consider you my friend.. 😉
    .. So I trust you will return with good videos…and an occasional (or frequent!) Great one!, to add to this series.
    Good riddance!
    (Cheers from Portugal)

  17. Brian DeSimone October 10, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    You're a brave man nad thank you for sharing. This is the epitome of "putting in the work." Fantastic shots. Keep it up!!

  18. M P October 10, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Really enjoyed this video – well done! And it takes a brave man to knock on doors in a small town asking to take some pictures as a lone motorcyclist 🙂

  19. Richard Corry October 10, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Hi, thanks for the video. Im inspired and impressed with your willingness to explore by asking to go inside. Thats a risk worth taking as it revealed a personal touch to the town and people. Ps love the results from that lens

  20. Bill Thornhill October 10, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Ballsy! I love it, well done 🙂

  21. Aleš Krejčí October 10, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Wow you are brave! I would never dare! 😀

  22. Jan Kehl October 10, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Just gorgeous

  23. Rikard Persson October 10, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Absolutely amazing!! Beautiful pictures documenting less traveled paths of society! Brave and important work!

  24. Libadeff October 10, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    great work !

  25. Paula Simson October 10, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    At first I was cringing when you talked about knocking on doors. I pictured something invasive and unflattering. But of course, you proved me wrong. That was warm and considerate and caring about your subjects. I'd love to hear more about them. Good on you!

  26. Nathan Giancola October 10, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Inspiring stuff! Thank you for sharing with us. Also, I absolutely love the bike. Excellent choice!

  27. Rodion Kutsaev October 10, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  28. Alexander Welbourne October 10, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Your photos are invariably good, but the shots you take inside people homes here just take it up a level. It's not that they are better composed, or better light or anything like that, instead they just seem to convey something more meaningful. Keep at it!

  29. NJintheImagination October 10, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Really interesting video. Some of the images could certainly be considered to be fine art. I could never do what you do. Truthfully, I can not even bring myself to do street photography – and even have some ambivalence about photographing strangers without their permission, but is not what you did here. Yeah, clean up some but not so much that you are presenting an image that is not you. You are an artist on an artistic venture – no need to hide that! Just wondering, did you consider offering copies of photos to the people who invited you in? Really interesting video, one of your best. Thanks

  30. Jay Macro Photos October 10, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Oh man I don’t think I would have tried that

  31. Scott Condie October 10, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    So great man. I love this.

  32. Brian Robertson October 10, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Phenomenal footage. One thing I’ve noticed is the more I engage people, the better I’m able to tell their story, which ultimately leads to a better image. What you’re doing is next level and inspiring.

  33. Davide Dinoi October 11, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Finally a man who don't shows gears but photos and emotions.
    Thanks for all, a very inspiring video.

  34. astudios October 11, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Some feasting on aslphalt vibes.

  35. Daniel Quirin October 11, 2018 at 2:14 am

    Awesome work! I really like the creative style of your channel and I'm sure it will continue to grow. Kudos to you for having the balls to knock on people's doors and ask to come in. Are these all edited or are some (or all) of them straight out of the camera?

  36. J. Barker October 11, 2018 at 3:27 am

    I loved this.

  37. Sweet Lou Photography October 11, 2018 at 4:55 am

    I'd let you shoot in my apartment haha. Nice vid bud!!

  38. Brendan Lewis October 11, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Great video Andrew. It’s really inspired me to take a moment away from shooting for other people and start a series of my own. I just need to think of something ha. Beautiful pictures as always, I always love the colours you pull out from the Fuji files.

  39. Simon Williams October 11, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Hi Andrew, Liked the video heaps, and not just because of the Triumph. You have bigger ones than me for knocking on strangers doors. As far as the pics you got of the homes of the very generous people that let you, all so briefly into their lives, they may not be contest winners but they are all very special to you and the home owners because of these brief encounters.

  40. VapeyGamer October 11, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Definitely enjoyed it thanks. Id never be brazen enough to ask people. My thing though is more the ghost towns or really old sheds with the tin roof going rusty and all. I don't know why just something there for me I like.

  41. Erik Leypoldt October 11, 2018 at 10:57 am

    I think the 16mm 1.4 is def the first lens for when I buy the X-T3

  42. Sacha Martin October 11, 2018 at 11:24 am

    DO that more please. Less gear, more of this.

  43. Andrew Seaman October 11, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Really great photos. Thank you for sharing.

  44. iris defy October 11, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Can't believe you actually managed to pull this while some if not most photographers are still having trouble asking strangers to take their portraits.😅

  45. behindeachfilmgrain October 11, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    You and I think alike when it comes to photography! I have been wanting to do 'forgotten trailer homes' but haven't followed through to a point of going into the homes I love to take. Great job my friend! Inspiring! If you are worried about your looks? I would have bigger issues in these small towns! Hahahaha

  46. Steven Schmitt October 11, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Wow! You are a savage Andrew! You're really an inspiration and a role model. Keep up the great work!

  47. Magnus Svensson October 11, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I want to thank you for doing videos like these, they are genuinely interesting, relaxing and frankly pretty unique in the youtube landscape. Great job!

  48. Frederic Blu October 11, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    We can feel your emotion… Great project that you have!

  49. S E October 11, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Great images !

  50. Piero Serra October 11, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Really liking this project idea, keep doing it!

  51. Rodrigo P.C. October 12, 2018 at 12:30 am

    Great video of a great adventure, you've got some very nice shots. Don't sell the bike, it's awesome. Greetings from Brazil.

  52. AcidicDelusion October 12, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Wonderful. Simply wonderful.

  53. H. S. October 12, 2018 at 6:17 am

    nice work! Today I’ve read an Article about the tear down of an old house in my region, that was based on two train wagons: http://www.nordbayern.de/region/weiter-ratsel-um-waggons-aus-zweitem-weltkrieg-in-feucht-1.8179217

  54. Lorenzo Tds October 12, 2018 at 8:59 am

    i've buyed this preset, for your job in this channel, thanks.

  55. White Wulfe October 13, 2018 at 3:04 am

    I was half expecting to see a comment in here from Denae… Big question is… Is it still truly a secret you love the bike that much? Also, wow, those are some absolutely gorgeous shots of peoples places, so full of life and personality…

  56. SeanKimStyle October 13, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    You are not sleeping enough

  57. Cycling Dropout October 14, 2018 at 3:47 am

    so good, real good.

  58. sfbdotcom October 14, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Brave and honest, nice bike too.

  59. seoulrydr October 18, 2018 at 2:26 am

    I also ride a motorcycle. Suggestion – instead of asking to photograph inside the house, ask to photograph something on the property you found interesting. In this way, you can much more gently start a conversation. One thing will lead to another. I had a guy hijack me for an hour because he insisted on showing me his home when all I wanted was a photograph of his horse. It had obviously been awhile since he had a decent conversation with another human being. I smiled through it all as I watched the light fade and die….. But the conversation ended up being much more interesting than his horse after all…

  60. NicoDa1 October 19, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Can you please tell us how you grade your pictures and your videos. its the colors on both are so smooth.

  61. Bruce Maddox October 26, 2018 at 6:59 am

    warm water and baking soda on those road bugs

  62. Nigel Rumsey November 15, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Hey Andrew, this is one of the best. That would be my ideal job if only I could find someone to pay me to do it. In September I spent a week in a small town in Missouri documenting as much as I could. Your next challenge should be to get deeper with one family; document them for two or three days – that's when you start to get the really good stuff. Keep going man, if you've found what you love keep doing it! Kindness before everything!

  63. marco garcia December 9, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Would you recommend this for landscape shots?

  64. San F December 17, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    I loved this motorcycle series, exposing yourself both physically and through the camera to the elements. Amazing and thank you!

  65. Rick T. December 31, 2018 at 2:55 am

    I have a 56mm F1.2 and have the 16mm F14 & 23mm F2 on my radar. I think the 16mm will be next for me. I enjoyed the video and your perspective. But never, ever, sell the motorcycle. As you can guess, I enjoy photography and getting to locations via my motorcycles (Ducati & Moto Guzzi). I’d would love to see more shots from the 16mm F1.4. Stay safe…

  66. W S December 31, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Beautiful images!

  67. multisportscott January 11, 2019 at 3:46 am

    Just stumbled across your channel recently and find myself returning often, possibly too often. This was absolutely AWESOME, thank you so much for this video, it really spoke to me. I love your style and the images you produce, awesomeness!

  68. Carla Labunda February 1, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Not weird, not at all. What you’re doing is beautiful — full of sentimentality and meaning. You’re a storyteller, an observer, an adventurer – mountains and dragons are social barriers instead – and in your photographs breathes human life.

    Keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

  69. Johnny Broker March 28, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    absolutely beautiful content … great channel!!

  70. Jason Both June 23, 2019 at 2:10 am

    I have been wanted to do something like this in eureka, ut

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