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Shutterbug Life podcast

Shutterbug Life is a weekly podcast that celebrates the creative photographer's lifestyle. Through a series of discussions, expert interviews, and photo challenges, the podcast examines everything you need to be, do, or have to reach your full photographic potential. Episodes are designed to be helpful no matter where you are on your learning path. Shutterbug Life podcast is hosted by Lynford Morton, a second-generation photographer who build one of Washington, DC’s fastest growing photography Meetup communities, Shutterbug Excursions. He has also trained thousands of photographers to take great pictures in Washington, DC and New Orleans from the business he founded, PhotoTour Excursions. Now he recreates the community of enthusiast photographers with Shutterbug Life.
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May 3, 2015

I'm going to ask you to look at the images of last week's Baltimore unrest again.

I'm making a few assumption here. One, that you've seen the big news story carried wall to wall by most news organizations. Two, that you saw them through the lenses of your humanity or politics. I'm going to assume you saw the destruction and mayhem and felt something — outrage, compassion, fear, sadness. Something.

Now I'm going to ask you to look at the images with me — as artists.

That's what I did when I looked at the Boston Globe's photo story, "Unrest in Baltimore." The photographers put in some really significant work. The images are powerful, emotional,  and artistic.

Maybe you see something different. I'll tell you what I saw. I recorded a screencast where I react to the art of all the images.

Then, in this week's podcast, I discuss what photographers can learn from the Baltimore images. In the podcast, I also replay the takeaways from the Crisis Photography webinar we did a couple years ago, right after the Boston bombing. It's worth a review as we consider this topic.

In the comments, tell me what the artist in you sees in these images. I'd love to read your insights.

Listen to the podcast here. Watch the bonus screencast on the website at bit.ly/shutterbuglife018.

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