Le Buci – Paris, France

The last few years have been all about work, getting more work, and shooting lots of work. Which is great and I can’t begin to say how grateful I am to have great clients that hire me all the time. But lately, I’ve had a feeling that something is missing in my career. It’s like my creative muscles are out of shape. A lot of what I shoot is about how other people feel and see the world. Shooting buildings, interiors, even food is all about someone else’s creativity. I just have the craftsmanship to capture it succinctly. I’ve lost touch with what I want to say about life through photography. Today that changes.

When I first started photoblogging, I was seeking my vision and style. I definitely found it and it helped my career tremendously. It’s time to once again to start showing personal work regularly here on Ides of May. I will post something every day, Monday through Friday. I may not write a lot, but I will try to explain why I posted what I posted.

On my last trip to Paris, I regretted bringing my big camera and lenses. It literally weighed me down and made walking around the city more of chore than a pleasure. I was constantly worried about my gear being stolen, especially my
24mm Canon TS-E II
. That lens is my workhorse.

However, maybe all the hassle was worth it to get this shot. Yeah, I could have used post production to fix the perspective. But it was so cool to stand on the street corner, lens shifted up and just wait for this moment.

Twenty Years of Picture Making

Lincoln Barbour in High School

Today is my 36th birthday. Which means, 20 years ago I took my first black and white photography class in high school. Though I chose photography as career only 12 years ago, there’s something about the picture making process that has fascinated me since the beginning. I think what I like most about photography is that it never ceases reinventing itself nor does it ever stop challenging me. Not matter how much I master the art form, I constantly want to learn more to improve what I can do with it.

As my approach and style have evolved over the years, I too have changed and grown as a man. I was a kid when I took the picture above and now I’m a dad in the picture below. Photography has always been this reflection of my life and each frame leaves breadcrumbs of where I’ve been and who I was. Going back and looking at work I’ve shot over the years, shows me how far I’ve come and how much farther I can go.

Here’s to the next 20 years of adventure, one frame at a time.

– Lincoln

Lincoln Barbour

Iconic Photos of Portland for the Nike Community Store


Special slideshow post! Click on the photo to advance.

About a month ago, I was commissioned by Instrument to shoot stills alongside a film production crew on a project highlighting the remodel of the Nike Community Store on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Portland, OR. But this project wasn’t just another commercial gig. There’s a great story behind it.

For almost three decades, the Nike Community Store has been creating jobs, generating donations, and enlisting volunteers all to the benefit of the neighborhoods in North Portland. The store has also donated over $1.5 million dollars to community outreach programs like New Avenues for Youth and the Blazers Boys and Girls Club. The remodel of the Nike Community Store was set forth to emphasize the community mission aspect of the store. Instrument was charged with creating an original film and photography collection for the store.

I was honored to take on this project and create iconic black and white imagery that would be displayed in the store along with a video installation. The entire creative was spearheaded by Instrument and it was a blast to work with such a creative group. The slideshow above highlights some of my favorite shots from the two day shoot.

On a side note, this job was also a great opportunity to work along side with the super talented Bryce Fortner (Portlandia). He was the Director of Photography for the film side of the project and the results are fantastic. I have embedded the final film produced by Instrument below

Now when need to go by your next pair of running shoes, head out to Nike Community Store and support a good cause.

Director – Truen Pence / Instrument
Producer – Davis Priestly / Instrument
Production Manager – Jennifer Moore / Instrument
Photographer – Lincoln Barbour
Director of Photography – Bryce Fortner

A Local Joint – Seoul, South Korea

A Local Joint - Seoul, South Korea

A few months ago, I took a short trip to South Korea for my wife’s business Lauren Brooks Photography. If you don’t know this already, Lauren is an amazing photographer and I’ve had the pleasure of being her second shooter for the past 7 years at all her wedding gigs. I think what’s most incredible about Lauren is watching her capture amazing emotional moments with grace and ease through the chaos that oftentimes consumes a wedding. I know very few commercial photographers that could handle the high pressure of shooting a wedding. No matter where we find ourselves shooting or what the weather brings (sun, rain, even snow), Lauren is always calm and collected; a true professional.

My main reason for going to South Korea was to photograph the engagement session of Lauren’s clients Amanda and Jeff, whose wedding we’re shooting this summer. It was an incredible experience and truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Sadly, Lauren was not able to make the trip with me due to some health complications (she’s all better now). Originally, we had planned to spend about four days in Seoul. But with me by myself, I cut it back to one day so I could get back to the States and take care of Lauren.

With only 24 hours to shoot something for myself, I hit the streets and just wandered around. I was in two main areas of Seoul: Nonhyeon-dong and Itaewon-dong. Both areas were pretty touristy, but I was determined to find something Korean to shoot. It was actually pretty hard. Most of Seoul is pretty modern and if it weren’t for the signage and Asian majority, you’d think you were in New York. But seek and you shall find. I found the coolest looking restaurant off the beaten path in Itaewon. This series of photos are probably my favorite from the trip. I’ll post more shots from my Seoul photo walk next week.

A Local Joint - Seoul, South Korea

A Local Joint - Seoul, South Korea

A Local Joint - Seoul, South KoreaA Local Joint - Seoul, South Korea

A Local Joint - Seoul, South Korea

A Local Joint - Seoul, South Korea

Up the Spiral

Busy week! I’ve got some cool blog posts in the works, but for now enjoy this twirling wonder of Parisian Architecture. This spiral staircase is located at Panthéon and leads down to the crypt that is the final resting place of many French artists, politicians, scientists, and military heros. It’s a pretty amazing place. That spiral goes up about 8 stories and is only about 6 inches in diameter.

Flight (Diptych)

I’ve been looking at these two photos for a while now and thought I would post them separately. They are some of my favorite shots from our trip to London last fall. I  was trying to decide which one I liked better and kept flipping back and forth between the two. Then I put them side by side and that’s when it hit me that they worked great together as a diptych. I’m not a master at diptychs, but I really like them. I don’t usually put black & white shots side by side with color, but I like the context of the two. Reminds me of our time traveling through Europe.

If you click on the image, it will enlarge to fill your screen.

Lady in Blue Walking Through

One thing that is nice about shooting film, (Kodak Portra 400 in this instance) is that it is what it is. With digital, especially RAW files, you have to always tweak something. Add a little contrast, desaturate the reds, add clarity, etc. etc. True, you can tweak film scans, but the basic color and tonal range is more there than a RAW file is right out the camera. Plus, shooting with that little Lomo, it just does magical things with the focus.

I shot this a week or so at the Portland Japanese Garden. Amazing place… highly recommend it if you’re visiting or haven’t gone before. Spring time is coming up and the blooms are quite beautiful here.

X Marks the Spot

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Big images are back! I’m very excited about this latest tweak to the photoblog portion of my blog. I like the 2 column sidebar layout for my normal blog posts, but for my fine art work, I really wanted to have bigger images. It took a little fancy PHP “if this {”  and “else {”  of the template, but it worked. Now I just have to go back through 400 some odd posts and replace the small images for large ones. Oh joy.

About this photograph: I’ve only shot aerials once, but it was a lot of fun. I can see why photographers like Cameron Davidson specialize in it. It’s incredible way to see our world and the patterns that emerge naturally or man made. Since I didn’t have access to a helicopter in Paris, I had to settle for the Eiffel Tower. I think we’re pretty close to the top looking down on the Champs de Mars. I like how the road and the park form an X.

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The Curved Staircase #1 & #2

We took the Metro to the Louvre, so I didn’t see this entrance staircase until I was leaving. It’s really a pretty incredible feat of engineering. The spiral staircase floats around a column that doubles as an elevator and connects the outside courtyard to the belly of the museum. Definitely go in this way if you ever go to the Louvre.

Looking Through the Pyramid

I finally got to visit the Louvre on our most recent trip to Paris. The museum is huge and holds an incredible collection of art, I barely scratched the surface of what’s there. I did get to see some of the famous works including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory of Samothrace. Seeing those was quite an experience on their own.

This shot is from inside looking through the Louvre Pyramid. A trick I learned from shooting with my iPhone is that you can put small camera lenses in places you don’t normally go with bigger cameras. I literally stuck the lens right under the base point of the Pyramid and shot upwards.

These next few blog post will highlight some of my favorite shots I took on my afternoon there. All these shots were taking with my Lomo. And don’t forget to subscribe to my RSS feed if you want to keep up with the blog from the comfort of your own RSS Reader.