Crash Test Dummies Blog

Written by Brad Roberts

28 Jul

taking pictures

hey guys

my blogs have been thin gruel these days, so i’ll try a little harder today!

i live in new york city, and although i’ve never been interested in photography, i’ve started taking pictures with my cell phone camera, which happens to be a high-res camera at that, not the usual junk.

there is just so much stuff in nyc to photograph. everywhere you look. it’s turning into an obsession for me. (a healthy hobby? no! an obsession.)

anyhow, my brother is an excellent photographer, so i’ve been following his lead. he will be getting a site of his work going when he has time. not easy with two kids.

also, juni moon, who is my friend and designer of ctd’s album cover and new video, is also an excellent photographer, and she turned me on to a new york photographer who is so good he makes me want to quit.
his name is by joseph o. holmes.

he does regular posts but he’s going on vacation now till september. however, you can browse his archives

There is also his older work here:

This guy is definitely worth checking out.

that is my world as of late. when i can figure out how to upload photos in this blog, i’ll show you some.

in the meantime, i’d be interested in hearing from anyone out there with tips about photography.



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5 Responses to “taking pictures”

  1. By Mishell on Jul 29, 2010 | Reply

    The most beautiful pictures I’ve ever taken, were of left over flowers from my Auntie M’s funeral. Tomorrow, it will be one year that she’s been gone- from brain cancer. I sat out on my deck with a cheap camera, a bucket full of her flowers, a bottle of whatever liquor I had in the cupboard, and my sorrow. No fancy equipment or anything expensive, but somehow, they came out just perfect. Anyway, just read your post and it made me think of that, and I felt like sharing… Pictures that you take are different than any others because they strike a nerve; a memory. I think that’s what is so addictive, for me anyway. ~Mishell

  2. By John O on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Brad,

    Here’s a tip:
    Look for Shapes and how they fit together. This might also be referred to as abstracting “things” somewhat…but of course the subject is still there – it’s how you see and record it that counts. Anyway, this always helps me, hope it helps you. It’s simple I know but it gives you some big bang for the buck!

    Keep up the good work.


  3. By Alan Adams on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Hey there Brad. Just read your photography Blog. I am a commercial photographer in Pittsburgh. I would love to help you out with your new endeavor in photography. It’s a great stress release to take pics. It’s funny.. When you do it for a living though you tend not to do it for yourself anymore. To teach though.. That’s fun for me. I love seeing peoples faces when they get it. I also have had a mad desire for songwriting for a long while now. Maybe we could swap professional tips to one another. :-] Great work on the new album. It’s a great traveling album for me. You seem to be in a good place these days. If you are then I am very happy for you. Keep up the great work. I am always anxious to see what you do next. Don’t forget if you need help with the photo thing get a hold of me.

    My Best


  4. By brad on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    John O – I’m flattered you’d reply. Your advice is excellent, and I often find putting shaped together, regardless of its content, a very helpful thing. Thanks again.

  5. By brad on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    alan, you are very generous. i wrote a “how to teach songwriting” manual, that i should probably put on the site some how.

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