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Street Photography Gem / Jeff Mermelstein – Sidewalk / Topsheet Photography 115

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In this Topsheet Photography vlog I’m talking about the book Sidewalk by Jeff Mermelstein, published by Dewi Lewis in 1999. It’s a real gem of street photography and I’m sure you will enjoy it.

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6 April, 2021 at 15:42

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Art is saving lives / Richard Billingham / Ray’s A Laugh / Topsheet 114

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In today’s episode of photobook reaction – Topsheet #113 I’m featuring one of my all time favourite books, Ray’s A Laugh by Richard Billingham, published by Scalo in 2000. I hope you’ll enjoy the show and please share your thoughts, suggestions and experience.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Billingham

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2 April, 2021 at 17:34

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Let’s talk about cropping a photograph! /Topsheet 113

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In this vlog I’ve talked briefly about my approach to cropping. I’ve shown few images of František Drtikol, an amazing master of photography from about a century ago, so please check more about his work.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franti%C5%A1ek_Drtikol
Mary Ellen Mark / Phaidon https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Ellen-Mark-Charles-Hagen/dp/0714846171
My book A Father’s Tale https://www.borutpeterlin.com/shop
Michael Kenna featured in the Analog Forever Magazine https://www.analogforevermagazine.com/
I’ve shown the book of Peter Koštrun, produced by Gallery Photon https://photon.si/

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2 April, 2021 at 09:44

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Feeling sorry for the super rich: Dougie Wallace / Harrodsburg / Vlog 112

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This Photo Book Reaction is about Dougie Wallace and his book Harrodsburg. A story about the desperate super rich. http://www.dougiewallace.com/harrodsburg​ If you want to buy the book I recommend to buy it at the Dewi Lewis Publishing House: https://www.dewilewis.com/products/ha…

I started this vlog to draw comparisons about Jan van Eyck painting of Arnolfini Portrait and Dougie Wallace, but then I’ve edit it out, because I want to focus on photography. Nevertheless both artists are dealing with the same subject, rich showing their wealth in an attempt of gaining status. If Van Eyeck’s painting does serve good to the Arnolfini’s status, Wallace is slashing the myths of the rich, so the viewer feels sorry for these kind of people. Wonderful stories of art! Let me know if you like this format, it will take another week or so to go back to the woods, so until then, I might make another photobook reaction.

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25 March, 2021 at 22:40

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The battle of Good and Evil as a Greek Photo Tragedy / John Demos / Topsheet 111

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In this photo-book reaction, I share with you one beautiful book Shadows of Silence by John Demos. Please let me know how do you find the new format of the vlog. Eventually I will move this content to another, separate channel, but before I do that, I want to figure out the format, the workflow, the content and all the rest that comes beside. Let me know what you think. You can buy the book at amazon or better google up local small photobook store like Anzenberger or from Dewi Lewis Publishing house.
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https://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Silenc…

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25 March, 2021 at 22:39

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The best photographers are painters! Alexander Rodchenko / Topsheet Photography 110

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In my new series of vlogs I’m talking about artists that are inspiring me, why and how they are inspiring me. Disclaimer: I’m not an art historian or an art critic, this is purely a personal taste of an artist, therefore nothing to defend or oppose to. But please I am open for a debate, and all even totally opposite views, as long they are respectful, I warmly welcome!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexand…​

The story about the Greek who saved Russian Avantgarde https://www.greece-is.com/exhibition-…

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12 March, 2021 at 21:59

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Blackmagic ATEM Mini, the first encounter / Vlog 109

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I’ve bought a video switcher Blackmagic Atem Mini, with an idea to speed up my production of videos. The statistic of my first attempt was three days of 30 hours to make this 15 min vlog. Yes, it’s like learning a new totally new tool and I had to dig deep into my persistence – superpower to pull everything off. I hope tomorrow it’ll take me only an hour. Or eventually I will become better and more prepared to make the Youtube’s content PhotoBook Reaction smoother and more fun. Either way I love to learn new things, so thank you for watching and may the topsheet be with you! Borut

People mentioned in the vlog:
https://saschahirschner.com/

https://www.kingsleyjburton.com/​

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If you want to buy a print from Kingsley J. Burton, here is the link with the promo code :

https://www.kingsleyjburton.com/​ Promo code: BORUTBUDDIES15 for 15% discount valid until 30.06.2021!

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12 March, 2021 at 21:58

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Ultra Large Format Camera Art Project / 108

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In this vlog I’ve spend three days in my cabin in the woodland of Kočevski rog, Slovenia. It was my first nights sleeping in the cabin, so I had to do lots of cleaning before I was feeling comfortable to lay down. I’ve especially checked the chimney, since in the past 15 years nobody was using the cabin. Except migrants coming from south stopping on their way to the promise land. I’ve recycled some of my drone footage from 2016. I don’t have a drone anymore and now I’m investing all the money in the cottage, so I wasn’t planning to buy it. But I must admit, it is another dimension, that I should incorporate into my work.

About my project Feels Like home. Five years ago I had a divorce and break up of 21 years long relationship. I’ve started a project Feels Like Home where I’m domesticating the places I find myself in. My favourite method of domestication are flower bouquets and ritual called wet plate photography. Art is bringing peace to me. In the next stage I will make carbon prints from these negatives.
Here is a playlist with vlogs about this project: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg7_oeBZM8DlH39HyayVi79WRDMpy01hr

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Checkmate – Nathan Moore
Lens – Bobby Richards

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20 February, 2021 at 00:36

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Darkroom Winch!

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In this vlog I’m introducing a darkroom winch. My friend Oto Žan has an MA in engineering and he’s an expert in 3D printing. I’ve described him my wish, to have a darkroom winch that will rock my trays during processing prints. It took few versions of testing and this version of the darkroom winch proved to be the best one. It’s powerful enough to rock a big tray with 10 litres of water inside. More then enough. If it’s too much of the weight the wheel just slips and no harm done to the electric motor. The best part is that you can hack the winch and program it to change its speed and the height of the lift. It has two years of warranty.

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Music: Road Tripzzz – Ofshane
Disclaimer: Jouni Erola / Finland

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3 February, 2021 at 11:48

Wet Plate Collodion – NEGATIVE – Manual

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I’m sorry for not being able to publish a vlog for quite some time. I had some issues with infected thumb and the thumbnail had to be taken off. It’s alright, no worries. So in this vlog I’m making a research on subbing glass plates with albumen.

It took me the whole week to do it, but I’ve learned a lot. I have in mind several tests to really understand the mechanism behind the wet plate collodion process. My manual will be about the wet plate collodion NEGATIVE, not the positive. Almost everyone who practice the process today, works as wet plate collodion POSITIVE (ambrotype or tintype), but my manual will be about the negative variation of the process. The best way of making a photograph, the topshit way, of course.

For the notification email, please send me an email on topshitphotography@gmail.com
If you are interested in the basic wet plate collodion manual, I warmly recommend Osterman’s manual: http://collodion.org/pubs.html
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25 January, 2021 at 13:52

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