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Welcome to the Show Me Podcast, a photography show hosted by Geoff Livingston. Every podcast a guest joins Geoff and discusses how images tell stories, and what makes them work (or not).

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Continuing our COVID 19 series of virtual visits to fun lands or ideal destinations, this episode of the Show Me Podcast takes visitors to the gorgeous exotic lands of Havana, Cuba. The podcast discusses:

  • The beautiful cityscape
  • Portraits of Cuban citizens
  • Decay and dilapidation of Havana buildings
  • Street scenes illustrating the culture of Havana
  • The vibrant classic cars that are ever-present in Cuba

Images discussed were taken during visit to Havana four years ago with six other fellow photographers. The trip was extremely memorable, revealing an incredible beautiful culture.

A video, photo gallery, and photo essay/transcript of the episode are available via ShowMePodcast.com.

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Welcome to Show Me Podcast Episode 2.11: Four Years of Trump Protest Photos. For the past four years, I have been photojournaling protests against Donald Trump and his Administration.

The recent Black Lives Matter protests brought a new wave of photos, so many so that it caused me to look at the entire album. With the election coming up it seemed like a good idea to review this project and look to overarching themes.

From basic civil rights to democratic principles, the same themes kept appearing over and over again in the protests. They were:

  • Racism
  • Immigration
  • Gender equality
  • LGBTQ rights 
  • Science and facts 
  • The right to earn 
  • Freedom of expression

See the photos in the podcast or below, or just listen to the podcast to hear about those protest trends, the major issues that define the Trump presidency.

 

In addition, to commemorate this podcast I created the above "Cancel the Trump Reality Show" protest poster. 

 You can download it for free here, or order a print here.

Please share this episode/photo essay with your friends. Most importantly register and vote.

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This Memorial Day weekend, please let me take you through a virtual tour of Olympic National Park. So many of us have lost trips and planned vacations to the coronavirus quarantines, and are now just re-emerging into our local neighborhoods. To make things easier, I hope to take you to the magical place I feel in love with last year, Olympic National Park.

This Show Me video podcast and associated transcript/photo essay takes you from the south of the park in the Lake Quinault region all the way to the ocean and then to the north, where we will visit Hurricane Ridge. The podcast will show you 40 photos over 20 minutes.

Before I begin, a little back story… In April 2019 I toured Olympic National Park over five days and four nights. The goal was to build an Instagram guide for Aramark’s Nation’s Vacation group of lodges in Olympic National Park. Thank you to the Nation’s Vacation team for letting me share some of those photos taken on that trip with everyone.

I hope you enjoy the journey. A Full Transcript with photos is available on geofflivingston.com.

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London-based Rock and Roll photographer Jason Miller visited to discuss shooting rock and roll shows.  He broke down how he goes about it, and how crazy it is to shoot a show in ten minutes flat.

Our conversation began with a discussion of an incredible photo from The Clash, which was featured on their seminal album London Calling, shot by Pennie Smith (who didn't want to publish the image). Then we discussed a punk rock photo by the legendary New York photographer Godlis.

Once we got into Jason's photographer, we had a wide variety of shows to discuss, including:

  • The Dropkick Murphys
  • Backyard Babies
  • Wildhearts
  • Morrissey
  • Sinead O'Conner

You can find Jason via his site rocknrollcocktail.com (and don't miss his books there) as well as on Instagram (and everywhere else as @jasonmillerca). A full transcript is on the showmepodcast.com site. You may also want to check out Episode 2.7: Rock's Greatest Photos!

Thanks for listening to the Show Me Podcast with Geoff Livingston. More shows, sponsorship and donation information are available at ShowMePodcast.com

 

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Early in the morning on March 2, the Fairfax County police banged on my door to inform me my mother had died. This began a surreal journey through sudden death and mourning, immediately followed by the global change and devastation caused by the coronavirus. This is my story, as told through the camera.

At first, my photography was stunted and limited, but then it quickly evolved to become an expressive device. From sadness to gloom to documentation and finally the hope of a new spring, this very personal podcast and associated photographs document my creative journey.

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Local rock photographer Rachel Lange and bassist Brett Pocorobba join me for an active conversation about rock (and rap)'s most iconic photos. Musicians include John Lennon (by Annie Leibowitz), Janet Jackson (x2), Lady Gaga, Johnny Cash, Metallica's Jason Newsted, Michael Jackson, NWA, Prince, Queen, Taylor Swift, U2 and Arch Enemy.

After more than 30 minutes of photos we thought we had just grazed the surface, and felt that perhaps genre-specific shows were in order. Listen to the episode and let us know what you think the best rock and roll photos are, and who should be included in our next episode!

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Nana Gyesie may be the most spiritual photographer I know. He explores the world of people and places through his camera, a very spiritual experience for him that profoundly affects his soul and view of the world. To shoot with Nana is to experience life in a new way.

In this special episode of the Show Me Podcast, we start by exploring one of his influences, Graciela Iturbide and her seminal work "Day of the Iguana." Nana discusses how Iturbide's type of photojournalism impacted him and his work.

Then we discuss Nana's works in Cuba, during the rise of the Trump Presidency, and finally his most recent works in Seattle. Listen to this very special episode of the Show Me Podcast, and enjoy a spiritual street photography journey with Nana.

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There is no portrait quite like that of an animal, whether it’s a cute K-9 friend or an animal in the wild. Photographer Jeffrey Morris joins me for this very special episode all about photographing animals, starting with the amazing (mostly) wildlife work of Joel Sartore.

With mass extinctions becoming commonplace, Joel Sartore is on a mission to photograph every wild species he can. Jeff noted that Joel Sartore who shoots amazing animal portraits in “studios” adapted for the species and location. While his work is mostly with wild animals, it has influenced how Jeffrey’s approach to shooting domestic animals.

Of course, Jeffrey’s work is fantastic, too. We show several images (including the featured dog pic) and discuss how he gets that magic pet pick that makes their human friends gush with emotion.

I am proud to dedicate this special animal photography episode to my mother nationally syndicated astrologer Jacqueline Bigar, who passed away days before this episode was published. She loved animals more than anything else on earth, and I know she would watch this episode over and over again. I love you, Mom.

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Sebastião Salgado is one of the most influential photographers to emerge out of Latin Ameria. A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, his works have inspired many, including Show Me Podcast episode guest Kirth Bobb.

Kirth and I discussed Genesis, his wide-ranging works between 2004-2011 that show the unblemished faces of nature and humanity. From wildlife to the human condition in aboriginal and worker communities, we see how his works show incredible stark scenes.

Then we discuss Kirth's incredible vision, as he is increasingly recognized as one of DC's most creative photographers.

Enjoy this very special and inspiring episode of the Show Me Podcast.

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February 19th marks the opening of the 2020 Exposed DC Photography Show, an annual exhibition featuring the best photos illustrating life in DC during the past year. I sat down with Exposed DC Executive Director Noe Todorovich to discuss some of the 43 award winners.

Noe’s second appearance on the Show Me Podcast (her first episode featured American Gothic by Gordon Parks) examined nine of the award winners works in four loose themes.

Glitter championship/celebration pics by Brian Moseley, Brian Gray, and Ather Ahsan

Lifestyle pics by Diana Nguyen and Iñaki Sánchez

Classic street images by Gina Falcone and Sofia Sebastián

Classic DC images by Erika Nizborski and Craig Nedrow

Watch or listen to the episode to learn about these award-winning images.

 

See the 2020 Exposed DC Photography Show at Touchstone Gallery

You can see all the award-winning works via the Exposed DC exhibition. Even better, you can meet the photographers during the opening night reception on Wednesday, February 19. Full disclosure, my image Scoot Down the Highway was an award winner.

Tickets and more information are here: http://exposeddc.com/2020/01/15/the-2020-exposed-dc-photography-show-opens-february-19/
You may also be interested in these episodes:

Episode 1.6 American Gothic by Gordon Parks and Exposed DC with Noe Todorovich

Episode 2.2 Kristen McNicholas on What Makes a Good Award (2019 Sony World Photography Awards)

The Show Me Podcast is recorded at Heartcast Media. Quality podcasting requires time and money. Please consider sponsoring the show on Patreon.

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