Portrait images copyright Paul Mango. All rights reserved.
by Skip Cohen
After seven weeks of being hunkered down, we're all getting a little stir-crazy. While the "experts" battle it out over whose crystal ball is more accurate, and when it's going to be safe to be out, LUMIX Ambassador Paul Mango is putting his skill set to outstanding use. He's helping to raise money for face shields for medical workers.
He's been posting "porch-traits" on his Facebook page, but while the idea is great, what he wrote was even better:
More "porch-traits” from yesterday ... great day for a visit to “friends” and make some wonderful images and preserve memories from a distance. All photos are being done for “donations” that I am passing along to a student and former Eagle Scout from my local town who is 3D printing face shields for medical workers. Over 1,000 shields have been printed and delivered to date.
All photos captured from a minimum of 15-20 feet away using the Panasonic LUMIX G9 and Leica 100-400mm and/or the Panasonic LUMIX G85 and Leica 50-200mm lens. Hope the rest of the Ambassador team is staying well (and same)... up to 40 days in the house for me and the days just keep flying by...
Spring seasonality in imaging isn't going to disappear because of the pandemic. In fact, it's made the need for making memories and finding special moments to capture even stronger.
Don't miss the opportunity to have an impact on your community and your target audience by staying home. You can still be an artist and maintain the safety guidelines of social distancing, and as Paul Mango's doing, give back. Check out Paul's Instagram page, along with the LUMIX Ambassador team. The group is one of the most diverse and creative teams in photo, and all the ambassadors should be on your radar. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much great content they share. Check out the LUMIX Photographers Facebook page too - there are always great conversations and images being shared.
And, to check out the gear Paul's using, click on any of the four thumbnails below. I've been shooting with the LUMIX G9 for almost a year, and it's a remarkable camera! Panasonic's LUMIX tagline is "Changing Photography," and with every camera, in the LUMIX line, they've never strayed from giving artists the most creative tools available to capture outstanding images!
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.