I Have Been Accepted as a Getty Images Photographer!

First Presbyterian Church of Taiban, New Mexico

First Presbyterian Church of Taiban, New Mexico

I have been accepted by the Getty Images as a contributing editorial and creative photographer! Getty is one of the most prestigious photo agencies in the business and I am excited by the opportunity. I am also pleased to have another outlet for the photography I make on my adventures and honored that they find my images worthy of being placed alongside of some of the industry’s best.

One of the challenges of being a part of Getty Images is going through my portfolio and picking what I see as some of the best. I am my own worst critic and it has definitely been a wakeup call. Although I know I haven’t even come close to making my best photo yet (that will ALWAYS be in the future), I do know that there is definitely a correlation between the number of photos I have made and the quality of the images I make today. It is funny how studying, practicing technique and taking tens of thousands of images will help you improve your body of work.

This is an image I made while on a road trip on the eastern plains of New Mexico, in the winter of 2010, before I retired, of the First Presbyterian Church of Taiban. In 1906 Tabian, New Mexico was laid out and it quickly became a thriving community of about 400 people. Then after a series of droughts, a bank failure in 1929 and being bypassed by the railroad in 1933, Tabian went into a steep decline. In 1936 the last official service was given at the church and now it sits, with broken windows and cracked floorboards, as a reminder of better times. Currently the population of Tabian is about eight.

I always liked this image and think it holds up quite well. Very little work has been done on it; the landscape really is that bleak. I made this image on a tripod with my old Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens. It was the camera that inspired me to get back into photography. I now shoot mostly with a Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP DSLR with theEF24-105mm IS Lens Kit but as with most photography; it is the vision that makes the shot.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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