Adam Ferguson

Adam Ferguson
My personal space to discuss photography, storytelling and visual culture.
Created 22 Mar 2021
  • Something in the Air
    17 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 4 2
    Tamara Dean at home in Cambewarra, NSW, Australia, Nov, 2021. When I was an art student in the early 2000s I looked up to a group of documentary photographers who worked at the Sydney Morning Herald a...
  • How Do You Match Your Lighting to a Story?
    29 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 16 10
    A chat thread about conceptualizing lighting styles Yesterday I wrote about creating a lighting scheme that fits the tone and feel of a story, in which I chose to use a soft green light to exaggerate ...
  • Recreating Hospital Lighting for a Feature about Covid-19 Treatments
    28 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 8 4
    Dr. Stella Hahn, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Queens, New York, 2020. In July 2020, as Covid-19 cases abated in New York City but began to surge in regional areas throughout the country, Kathy R...
  • I Fucked up a Portrait of the Navy Seal Who Shot Osama Bin Laden
    22 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 14 10
    When I launched this newsletter I promised to throw the doors wide open. But in reality, I have shared more successes than failures. Today I’m sharing an image that I don't consider strong and I will ...
  • A Self-Portrait in Quarantine
    18 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 12 7
    Self-portrait in quarantine at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, October 17, 2021. When I touched down in Sydney four days ago, the United Airlines flight attendant instructed everyone to stay in the...
  • Inside My Camera Bag
    08 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 6 2
    I often get asked about what camera and lenses I use so here we go. This is not a sponsored post nor do I endorse any specific brands, but I’ll explain why I choose these specific tools when I work di...
  • Searching for a Story in the Heart of Australia - Part 2
    07 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 11 5
    Driving through Ngaanyatjarraku Shire with Daisy Ward (right) and Erica Shorty (center), 2017. This is the second part of a travelogue about taking photographs in the Australian bush. Read the first p...
  • Searching for a Story in the Heart of Australia - Part 1
    30 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 13 8
    In two weeks I am traveling back to Australia to complete my book project that explores the colonial legacy in the outback. This return has got me thinking about my previous trips. This week, I wrote ...
  • Contact Sheet: Amy Adams
    24 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 5 1
    I recently wrote about editing a magazine feature where my editor from TIME magazine and I worked in person with hard-copy photos to make a final selection. But the luxury of working like this is not ...
  • Understanding Early Motherhood Through Photography
    22 Sep 2021 • 12 min read • 7 2
    In her new book, The Quickening: A memoir on matrescence, Ying Ang explores one of the hardest subjects to approach as a photographer: her own experience of becoming a mother. Ying and I met years ago...
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