The personal blog of photojournalist Noah Darnell.

The streams of things…

The streams of things…

All things of this world start out new. A baby is born. You get a new puppy. The year begins. The new job starts. All meet the head of the trail with all the zest and vigor of falling in love for the first time. And things, inevitably, they get old. It is not sad

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A state of mind in images…

A state of mind in images…

I’ve been to Chicago many times now and it is rapidly becoming one of my favorite places to photograph out on the street. I am actually impressed by how nice Chicagoans actually are. Going into big cities – New York, London, Berlin, Athens – the people on the street there react differently. But in Chicago,

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Links and lights…

Links and lights…

Every-once-in-a-while there comes an opportunity to do something fairly unusual with my trade as a photojournalist. Photographing people on stage, performing on the court or the field, being out in public on the spotlight… but usually overseas in the darkened corners of the world do I ever photograph the average person in their average environment

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For what every music is worth…

For what every music is worth…

What a great subject matter to make the 700th post on the Fledgling Photographer Blog! Concert photography is one of my favorite genres. And it looks like it will be something that I will constantly be called upon to do… all the time… Luckily, it is one of my favorite genres of photography. Up there

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On moisture…

On moisture…

    …and the one day it rains all month but nobody takes out an umbrella. . . I find it interesting what people carry in their hands. On a university campus, people are always going somewhere with something. Even if they are going nowhere to sit and do nothing for a while, they’re taking

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Portrait of new sponsors and the youth…

Portrait of new sponsors and the youth…

My young friend Austin here has been picked up by a few sponsors and it has fallen upon me to do a little photography for promotions and his new sponsors. Yeah, as you can see, by “young” I mean it literally: he’s 12 years old. His guitar and amps are the concentration at the moment.

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A third of a day…

A third of a day…

Teaching a class on the “Rule of Thirds” bothers me slightly. Why?┬áBecause I break the “rule” more than I follow it. I teach my students the “Suggestion of Thirds” to be completely honest. It isn’t because the “Rule” isn’t relevant. It works, it is a mathematical and logical truth of our world, how nature works,

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While local color is as real as it gets…

While local color is as real as it gets…

Sleepy little towns are the most difficult in which to photograph. Or maybe its because that’s where I’m originally from and maybe I hardly see the little “quaint” and “awwwwww, that’s SO Americana!” as nothing special. Nothing to photograph here, move along… move along… Its my fault, there’s plenty going on (I mean, kinda?) but

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I, for one, definitely won’t…

I, for one, definitely won’t…

And it seems neither will the Dept of Transportation in Memphis today. I’ve talked about such things before, but it is unfortunate. What happened was unfortunate. But what has happened since has run the gamut from awesome to truly appalling. Without beating the dead horse of all the things you’ve been hearing leading up to

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You, too, can walk around…

You, too, can walk around…

There are moments when I just can’t sit in a room anymore working on a computer, writing in a notebook, being introspective and inverted… …I must get out and shoot something. Not to take that statement out of context, I will go out – one lens on the camera – make a few photographs. A

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What to do with old cameras…

What to do with old cameras…

Now that the conquest of the digital camera has thoroughly pushed film into the realm of “enthusiast” and “artsy” it is fascinating to see what happens when you expose photography students to equipment that they, themselves, have only heard of. I was barely on the tail end of film. My first camera was film and

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Flights below the lines…

Flights below the lines…

One of the things that baffles me, doesn’t seem like it should work, is powered flight. Its like… a vehicle that weighs multiple tons can go up in the sky and be controlled and not just fall out of the sky… and carry people! Some of them even carry a LOT of people. But, above

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