Posts tagged “photography

A Photographer to Watch: Troy Schooneman

I haven’t posted here in a while–been working on my memoir–but I wanted to introduce you to someone who has quickly become one of my favorites on Facebook and Instagram, Thailand-based photographer Troy Schooneman. His artistic portrayals of the human form are truly exquisite, and I first found myself thinking they were paintings, rather than photographs. 

Drawing inspiration from the classics, but with a specific, modern point of view, Schooneman crafts unforgettable images, haunting, evocative, but always beautifully shot.

I highly encourage you to follow him on Facebook (where he posts more regularly), as in addition to sharing his own pieces, he also shares an array of images and content from other photographers, interesting artists, and others, making him one of the most fascinating and thought-provoking forces on the web.

(And, if you share his images, please make sure to give him photo credit!)

 


The Gay Men Project: Contribute Your Stories

Kevin TruongThe Gay Men Project is an online attempt by photographer Kevin Truong to capture self-identified gay men in their environment to give viewers a sense of who they are and the life they lead.  Subtle and unshowy, the photographs provide glimpses into gay men’s ordinary and extraordinary lives.  Often, the portraits are accompanied by the subject’s personal story, which are just as interesting as the photographs.  Truong has photographed over two hundred men in four countries thus far, with plans for many more.

While initially the Gay Men Project began as a venue for his own photography, the series has since expanded and Truong is actively seeking photo contributions from anyone interested in being a part of the project, as well as participants for the photographs he himself shoots.  Truong recently shared with me his inspiration and goals for the Gay Men Project, and his reasons for expanding the project to include contributions from others.

Kergan Edwards-Stout:  Kevin, I’m so glad we’re able to talk further about your Gay Men Project.  A friend shared it with me, and I was really taken with both the photography and the stories.  I was also impressed with your goal of capturing the gay community in these slice-of-life moments. 

Kevin Truong:  Thank you! 

Edwards-Stout:  Tell me a bit about yourself and how you came to be a photographer.

Truong:  My mom is a Vietnamese immigrant and I was born in born in a refugee camp in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Later, we moved to Oregon, where I grew up.  I got my first degree in Economics and worked for nonprofits for a few years, which culminated with me going into the Peace Corps when I was twenty-six.  That experience led to my becoming interested in photography and coincided with my coming out.

Edwards-Stout:  How so?

Truong:  Through the Peace Corps, I was placed in Belize, a country where it is illegal to be gay.  When I found that out, I immediately contacted the Peace Corps to ask what I should do.  The Peace Corps is the holy grail of nonprofits, and they encouraged me to go ahead and go.  I hoped that they would be right and that it would be manageable, but as I had just come out as gay to my mom, going back into a situation where I was told to be “discrete” was easier said than done. (more…)