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Article Dedication 

In honor of

Irving Penn & O. Winston Link

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Your photos are too extreme. That was what someone told me when they viewed my photos. Critics many times seem to be kinda confused. They must think they hired the photog to work for them. If the citric did not hire the photog, then the question is not if the critic likes the work…the only question at hand is whether the photog likes their own work.

As a social doc photog I generally don’t set out to stage extreme photos, I just document what I find naturally occurring in our world.

BMG Project Infrared Flash 2015 Daniel D. Teoli Jr mr - Copy

Infrared flash photograph from Piecing Darkness artist’s book.

Well, if you have read much of my blog and hate my work…you know the deal…take a number and get in line at…

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/opinions-are-like-assholes-everyones-got-one/

I’m not a big fan of Winogrand and his crooked, jumbled up, confused style. But I do like a number of his sayings. One gem is…

Great photography is always on the edge of failure. 

In any case, I took the critics ‘extreme’ comment as a compliment. If you not doing extreme work – you’re not doing much nowadays. The critic was a ‘nothing’ photog anyway. So the last thing I would want would be to be admired from their point of view when it comes to their taste and skill in photography.

PD 2015 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr - C

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/piercing-darkness-update/

Don McCullin talked about this topic years ago. This is what McCullin’s competition looked like a decade earlier in 1952…

McCullin said he tried to produce strong photos to set his work apart from the crowd.

A still photo is not like a movie. The still photo must capture the attention of the viewer as well as say something that is remarkable and worthy of study in one frame. Why would any photog not want to create strong work?

It used to be that it was extreme to show a photo of a homosexual, smoking weed with a tattoo and green hair. Nowadays that is all mainstream stuff. Someday it may be extreme to show a person with no tattoos! This just underscores what is extreme to one person may not be extreme to another person.

Every day millions and millions of pix  get uploaded on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr, just to name a few. If you want to get ahead in a world of 2 billion cell phone cams at large you had better be doing, strong, extreme as well as outstanding work nowadays.

Every genre of photography seeks to produce extreme work. The landscapers look for extremes with their constant chase for the blue and golden hour.  What else is popular with the camera fondlers on the photo forums?  They slap on sunglass filters to make extreme blurs of the water and clouds.

The portraitists are either looking for extreme ‘no expression’ or ‘extreme expression.’  The average smiley face is not what they are after. Some portraitists like shadowy chiaroscuro or high key, all white scenes…again extremes.

Lighting really can make or break the photo…

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Staten Island Ferry NYC

Selection from The Americans…60 years after Frank artist’s book

The high contrast devotees and shadow experts working on the street are looking for extreme lighting as they wait 20 to 30 minutes for the right person to walk into planned scene. The street photogs shooting juxtaposition of people with signage are looking for extreme comparisons.

Even the banal experts look for extreme boring with their shots. The tilt-shifters and diffusion devotees are looking for extremes in view and softness. Finally the large format, Edward Weston, f/64 group guys look for extreme sharpness with their work.

We have tools as photographers that we can use to call attention to our image.  We all use some of these tools to one degree or another….high or low contrast, HDR, grain, color whether muted, bold or selective, BW, sharpness, diffusion, composition, bokeh, lighting, subject matter, etc. Without extremes, a photos is nothing. Although if you age a snapshot long enough, nostalgia value may give it a rise.

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Memphis, TN

Selection from The Americans…60 years after Frank artist’s book.

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What would this next photo be without extremes?

http://photohostsnapshots.tumblr.com/image/123719464653

It would be a snapshot, nothing of interest to anyone other than the family and relatives.

Same with Burt’s Devotee below. If the guy was sitting on the bed or standing in the room with his clothes on you would not know much about him. You may make assumptions, but you’re still only guessing. My photo is pretty straightforward.

BTW, it wasn’t staged, everything is exactly as shown. I just asked him why he liked Burt Reynolds so much….he showed me…I shot it.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/meet-on-the-street-shoot-at-the-home/

Burt's Devotee copyright 1974 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr...

In the other arts it is the same thing.

Guitarists use fuzz, reverb, tremolo and  wha-wha for effect and attention. Trumpets…maybe they invented wah-wah before guitar?

http://media.cleveland.com/musicdance_impact/photo/trumpetsjpg-b10f3615a096a41f.jpg

Dizzy liked a one of a kind horn.

http://d3hkwlmamh2crp.cloudfront.net/files/imagecache/lead-th/all/images/wwoz-blogs/lead/dizzy-540-2.jpg

An artist  got a little extreme to make a statue of Dizzy…

http://www.marks-music-circus.co.uk/1975-1999=Contemporary/1993/Deaths/1993-01-06=Dizzy_Gillespie_statue.jpg

Here are some of my ‘extreme photos’ and some of the composition rules I used or rules I broke, in making them.

Here are some of my ‘extreme photos’ and some of the composition rules I used or rules I broke, in making them.

Just shooting extreme photos does not make them iconic or great pix. There are certain rules that help a photo have a flow and poetic symmetry. Although, rules are made to be broken…shoot your pix from the heart and not from some rule book.

Twenty-Six Roadkills artists' book no.18 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

A textbook example of diagonal leading line composition.

Twenty-Six Roadkills artists' book no.6 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

A textbook example of triangular composition.

Twenty-Six Roadkills artists' book no.25 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

A textbook example of motion blur in relation to camera distance.

21Whoop-Whoop 21 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of circular composition.

Stripper on Rooftop copyright 1974 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of centered composition.

22Whoop-Whoop 123 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr (4)

An example of mountain peak composition.

Uncertain Future copyright 2005 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of broken pattern composition.

Twenty-Six Roadkills artists' book no.13 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of juxtaposed composition.

37th annual Minstral Show copyright Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of balanced composition.

Bangkok Taxi Copyright 1982 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of framed composition.

Whimsical Composition copyright 2015 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr v42

An example of a whimsical composition.

Homage to Weegee 2012 copyright 2012 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of selective color composition.

Imagine That! copyright 2012 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of a self-portrait shadow composition.

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An example of full frame composition.

Wheeling Suspension Bridge' Copyright 2013 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of tilt-shift composition.

Makes Me Grateful for My Bed Copyright 1971 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of simplified composition.

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of leaving space composition.

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An example of center weighted rule of thirds composition.

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An example of panoramic composition.

Train Tracks cop[yright 1972 Danewil D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of curved converging lines composition.

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of suppressed background composition.

Juggalos Project Copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of layered composition.

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of off symmetry composition.

Titty Beads copyright 2014 Dnaiel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of composition incorporating signage.

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An example of circular fisheye composition.

Social Documentary copyright Daniel D. Teoli Jr (5)

An example of shallow depth of field.

20Whoop-Whoop 81 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of a mystery composition.

Crazy Copyright 1975 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of chiaroscuro.

Steeplechase 2005 Copyright Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

An example of motion blur.

Santa Monica Copyright 1984 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

An example of telephoto compression.

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Breaking the rules – Wide angle distortion.

Selection from Bikers Mardi Gras copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Crooked composition.

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Breaking the rules – Grab hip shot.

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Breaking the rules – Exaggerated vignette.

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Breaking the rules – Low angle shot.

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Upside down composition.

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Cutting the feet off.

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Breaking the rules – Infrared

Barbara LeMay coptright 1974 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Toned and grain.

Twenty-Six Roadkills artists' book no.22 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Negative reversal toned.

Hakenkreuz in a Dress Copyright 1973 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Extreme processing.

The Kiss Copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Breaking the rules – Fast, overhead, unframed grab shot.

Selection from 'Bikers' Mardi Gras' artists' book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Grainy…blurry.

Plane Worshipers copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Shooting into the sun.

BMG selection copyright 2014 Daniel d. Teoli Jr. mr

Breaking the rules – Collage storytelling.

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Breaking the rules – Grunge HDR

L1002102-V28 7.6 x 7.6 mr+ higher res

Breaking the rules – Single image HDR.

Twenty-Six Roadkills artists' book no.9 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Breaking the rules – Hyper-real HDR

PD Project Daniel D. Teoli Jr. G300 mr

Breaking the rules – Infrared Flash

Mike Busey 2015 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Breaking the rules – Using LED flashlight for illumination.

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Photographs used herewith are from the following limited edition artist’s books by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Peephole: Peering Into the World of 1970’s Hollywood and L.A. – 2013

Portfolio: Peering Into the World of 1970’s Hollywood and L.A. – 2013
Twenty-six Roadkills – 2013

Encyclopedia of Photographic & Fine Art Ink Jet-
Printing Media – 12 Volume Set – 2014

Bikers’ Mardi Gras – 2015

Gender Benders from the 1970’s – 2015

De Wallen: Amsterdam’s Red Light District – 2015

180 – The Circular Fisheye at Large – 2016

Piercing Darkness – 2016

The Americans…60 years after Frank – 2016

Whoop-Whoop – Forthcoming

Secrets of Candid Photography  – Forthcoming

YesYesYes…photography is like that and there’s no maybes. All the maybes go to the trash. There is a tremendous enjoyment in saying yes, even if it is for something you hate. It is an affirmation…Yes!” ~ Cartier-Bresson

De Wallen Graffiti copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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