Worldwide images magazine highlights UH videographer

Worldwide images magazine highlights UH videographer

A fascination for capturing “individuals of various cultures dwelling their on a regular basis lives” is what conjures up the work of College of Hawaiʻi videographer Jeff DePonte. A name for submissions from Worldwide Lens Journal for its “Tradition” subject led him to submit his avenue images taken throughout a 2014 journey to Phnom Penh, the capital metropolis of Cambodia. DePonte’s work together with 9 different worldwide photographers have been chosen and featured within the October 2022 subject of the fantastic arts images publication.

Worldwide images magazine highlights UH videographer

“Seeing my title up there subsequent to individuals I’ve admired is de facto what’s so humbling,” mentioned DePonte, who has been with the UH Workplace of Communications since 2015.

With scenes from Japan, India, Kenya and Cambodia, the 171-page shiny spotlights a group of distinctive initiatives specializing in historical cultures and civilizations from across the globe. DePonte’s 14-page photograph unfold titled “Streets With out Borders,” options 20 black and white sq. pictures taken throughout his nine-day journey and third go to to Phnom Penh. DePonte was there as a part of a documentary movie challenge that includes the Future Gentle Orphanage and its founder Nuon Phaly.

“I adopted a set of constraints that may outline the work: one digicam, one lens, black and white, sq.,” he wrote in his artist assertion. “Working as a photojournalist in Phnom Penh gave me a brand new body of reference. Social humanist images is identical, whether or not cinema verité or stills.”

Seeing the extraordinary within the odd

Along with his trusty Fuji X100 digicam in hand, DePonte totally immersed himself within the metropolis, taking pictures of the individuals in all places he went.

“The act of photographing on the road helps me see the extraordinary within the odd, helps me to extra totally expertise a spot,” he mentioned.

The Phnom Penh photos embody barefoot youngsters on the streets and on the market, a motorbike supply, jewelers at work, an elder lady smiling for the digicam, Buddhist monks gathered on the Royal Palace and women working within the rice fields—DePonte’s favourite within the assortment.

“You possibly can see a spread of feelings of their faces (laughing, confusion, and so on.),” he mirrored. “As a avenue photographer, I needed to emote one thing that claims ‘I respect you’ with out being off-putting.”

DePonte mentioned, “Experiencing a spot as poor as Cambodia will make you query the stuff you take as a right again dwelling in your personal consolation zone. I discover it invigorating to look at the cultures of overseas lands. Pictures will help to make us query what’s regular and routine, whereas depicting ingenuity and resourcefulness that’s common.”

Extra about DePonte

boy sitting on DePonte's lap
Somewhat boy jumps onto DePonte’s lap on the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh.

DePonte has been a videographer with the UH Workplace of Communications for seven years, and has captured quite a few tales for UH Information in regards to the wonderful individuals and applications throughout the UH System.

“I like conditions the place we go and are roughly a part of the motion, not simply reporting however being concerned within the story,” he mentioned.

DePonte has greater than 40 years of expertise in images and video manufacturing below his belt. He’s labored on numerous freelance images and movie initiatives, and in a number of areas at KGMBTV, from group relations to author/producer/director, for 30 years. He was additionally co-founder and president of Pipeline Digital, Hawaii, a software program firm specializing within the management of videotape decks that had partnerships with a number of large title tech firms.

He credit his mentor and Kamehameha Faculties’ longtime photograph archivist the late Luryier “Pop” Diamond for “drastically influencing” his images, when he was a highschool scholar after which as a colleague. DePonte took over his mentor’s place at Kamehameha Faculties upon his retirement within the 80s and was capable of work alongside him for just a few years.

For extra on DePonte, go to his web site.

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