Chasing Reflections
May 18th, 2010

This is a photo of yours truly (the two on the left!), taken in Italy a couple of weeks ago by Norwegian photographer Eli Reinholdtsen. She is a new friend I met in Italy and is a remarkable person. It’s impossible to be around her and not end up both thinking and smiling.

In a recent blog post of hers (Reflection in broken glass), Eli says of herself: “I chase reflections. Everywhere. All the time.” It’s true. I rounded a corner and there she was, engrossed in the possibilities of a reflection. She just lacked an additional subject when I walked right into this photo (and looked up for the hell of it). She is always looking for, and at, reflections. They call to her.

I’ve shot plenty of reflections over the years. Most of us have. However, I think those have always been sort of shiny-object, opportunistic moments. I saw something and took advantage of a reflection. Eli is far more methodological in her approach to photographing the world through reflections, and it wasn’t long before all of us were looking at reflections and asking ourselves “what if?”. You can get far in life with a few “what if” questions. They’re worth asking, and Eli asks them all the time – and not just concerning reflections. Her curiosity is playful and infectious.

Eli just released a self-published Blurb book. I’ve seen it. You want it. Seriously. Buy this book from Eli. Get it here: It’s remarkable.

UPDATE – I’m somewhat new to this whole blogging thing, and it has been pointed out to me that I should have made this a giveaway (thanks Sabrina!). Absolutely right. I want you to have this book; so I’m going to buy one of you this book. Leave a comment below, and I’ll then do a random drawing. But there’s more. The copy the winner receives will be signed by Eli! The winner will also receive a print signed by Eli!!! You get a signed book and a signed print. All you have to do is leave a comment below. Thanks.

PS – I also forgot to mention that David duChemin wrote the forward for this book. He likes it. I like it. So will you.

89 Responses to “Chasing Reflections”

  1. Very cool shot.

  2. You are SO sweet, Jeffrey, what a pleasant surprise!
    And BTW “Chasing Reflections” is a name on my list of secrets :-)

    -Yours Truly

  3. Marco Ryan says:

    I want two copies, Eli. One to keep and one to flaunt.

  4. Ray K says:

    Great image and the book looks fantastic.

  5. Jacob Lucas says:

    The book looks great!

  6. Anna Velkey-Solvberg says:

    To be honest, I had a sneak preview of the book as soon as it came out…, and even before meeting Eli personally, and understood her vision about taking these images, I was taken by the way he sees and presents stories in this book. I also believe that it is her unique interpretation that makes it so distinctive. I am grabbing one for sure!

  7. sabrina says:

    Who is this “Sabrina”? She’s always starting somethin’ :)

    Seriously though, Jeffrey. I’d love to have Eli’s book just from looking at the preview on Blurb and of course on your and David’s recommendation. The icing on the cake was when @digitalstew made the recommendation. And you’ve done one better with having a signed print. You know those early works of Masters always fetch a better price :)

  8. Marya says:

    Nice book! and a great shot!

  9. Chris Ward says:

    Seems like everyone listens to Sabrina :-) I’ll enter the hat please.

  10. Oh, *now* you tell me. My copy of Eli’s book is “Out for Delivery” right now! But, hey, I can always use a second one to sell on eBay when she’s rich and famous!

  11. Natalie says:

    I’m in – Definitely want a copy of that book (signed of course :)

  12. Dorothy Brown says:

    I learn so much from you, Sabrina, and David. I love being part of this community!

  13. me, me, me!!! oh, it is random giveaway…I just hope the hat is good to me and I get it!!

  14. Franci says:

    che bella foto!!!!!! mi piace il soggetto di sinistra……così moltiplicato vale ancora di +!!! ;) ))

  15. Count me in too :) The thought of new perspectives via literal (and figurative) reflections is great! If I don’t win, I’d still love Eli’s book :) And thanks, Sabrina, for giving Jeffrey the extra “push” for this giveaway!

  16. Maureen says:

    Eli is one talented lady – and I would love her book! And Sabrina knows best when she talks about masters…

  17. Camille Dohrn says:

    I’m not going to miss out on this one… like I missed out on the Italy trip. I’ll have to get my paws on one of Eli’s books anyway. This would be a fun way to do it!

  18. Doug says:

    The book looks great. Thanks for pointing it out.

  19. Very creative and interesting look at the world around us. The book looks like a real treat, thanks for pointing it out..

  20. Jeg elsker Eli`s bilder, ikke på grunn av at hun er en fjern slektning, men på grunn av at jeg beundrer hennes
    blikk for motiver. Jeg ønsker virkelig en bok med hennes signatur.

  21. Sorry, that came in norwegian , I`ll try again :)
    I love Eli’s images, not because she is a distant relative, but because I admire her
    look for motives. I really want a book with her signature.

  22. Liv A Skaar says:

    I have ssen the book and Eli’s photos. I LOVE them!

  23. Trond Gundersen says:

    I would be proud to have a signed copy in addition to the one I already have in order :-) Excellent work Eli!!

  24. Pedro says:

    Hi! this book looks great! happy to have a chance to win it!


  25. Dan King says:

    Oooh count me in, LOVE Eli’s work :D

  26. Dave says:

    Delightfully intriguing pic.

  27. Thomas Hall says:

    Great theme for a book, and great images!

  28. Kevin says:

    Thanks for giving away a book that inspires. What is your favorite photograph of Eli’s?

  29. Sheila says:

    Awesome book… Great addition to my little library.

  30. Cassandra says:

    Wow. What an awesome shot. I have to admit to not being a reflection chaser, but with inspiration like that, I will soon be converted.

  31. Nik P. says:

    Cool photo!

  32. Love it! I would love to have this book!

  33. Joe M says:

    Learned of your blog and this book via a retweet and glad of it!!

  34. This looks like an awesome book! Super excited about the opportunity to win!

  35. Paul J says:

    As someone who would of loved to have been with you guys on the WTF Italy trip (our first baby is due anytime soon) I’ve been following all of your blog details/posts. Great images and I think a few previously undiscovered talents have been found.

    I would love to win a copy of Eli’s book and it would be great to sit and look through it and have something to reflect upon (pun intended!)

  36. David D says:

    What a fantastic photographic idea. Beautiful shot.

  37. Ariane says:

    What a beautiful image and wonderful opportunity to own this book – Thank you! :)

  38. Valerie says:

    Looks like an awesome book!

  39. I have always been fascinated by reflections that show contrasts: new buildings reflected on old windows for example. I would really like to see how masterfully this can be done. Sign me up too please!

  40. Elaine says:

    A “what if” book is exactly what I need. I’d be thrilled to receive a copy.

  41. François says:

    Just had a look at the preview book and i realy like the way these pictures are taken =)i’d love to get a copy of the book to have a closer look

  42. Loving the reflective inspiration.

  43. Kyle says:

    I always enjoy reading new books by photographers. There is always something new to learn and new inspiration.

  44. David duChemin pointed me to this post. What an awesome photo, and very inspiring message! =D

  45. I love the idea of photographing reflections!
    I have to get my hands on this book.

  46. dbraughler says:

    Thanks for sharing, always looking for new inspiration. Looks like a wonderful book!

  47. Iza says:

    I occasionally browse Eli’s Flickr photostream, but they say that looking at the “real prints” is a completely different experience. It might be just the chance to try.

  48. John H. Maw says:

    The book looks great and I like her web site. Thanks for spreading the word.

  49. Anne Wallace says:

    Thanks for the thoughtful offer.

    I have always been fascinated by reflections..the inner versus the outer world, the mystery of mirrors, our doppelgangers revealed.

    I would love to have the chance to own this book, to learn about Eli’s work, to consider new ways to see reflections, and grow personally as a photographer.


  50. Piotr jekel says:

    This photo is great. I am intrigued by the ebook.

  51. fotofah says:

    Thanks for the tweet about the book! (I’d also seen David duChemin’s tweet on it.)

  52. Kim says:

    Nice pic.

  53. Reflections are not only cool, but such pictures mostly hide different stories or layers to discover. I really like that in a photograph. I had a look at her Blurb preview and if I’m not mistaken one of her pictures was used by David in his Within The Frame videocast? So, count me in!

  54. Just me! I had to sneak back quietly and see if there had been any visitors. :-)

    It is such an inspiration to read your comments!

    Two of the images were used in the Within The Frame podcasts, in episodes 14 and 16. They can be found either on YouTube or at Peachpit or via Davids blog.

    It is midnight here in Oslo now so I’ll just doze off now with a big smile :-) Enjoy the week-end!

    - Eli

  55. joar andré says:

    I’ve been looking at Eli’s pictures for a while, and they are truly inspiring!!

  56. Reinhardt Schoenfeld says:

    Yes, please.

  57. Els says:

    Love this…thanks for giving us a chance at winning Eli’s book!

  58. Wonderful Eli! Wonderful pictures. She has always something new to teach me and I love it. A true inspiration, that’s what she is!

  59. Jeffrey Chapman says:

    Eli, when I wrote this post I new that you had an ebook planned (at some point in the future), but I definitely didn’t know the title! I think that when it comes to you that “Chasing Reflections” really is what you are all about.

    For information on a future ebook from Eli:

    Everyone else, I’ll choose and announce the winner of Eli’s book and print on June 1st.

  60. I just came across your blog via the Kathmandu WTF thing via David duChemin’s blog. There’s so much great photography both here and at Eli’s site. That would be a great book to have!

  61. Derrick says:

    I keep seeing references to WTF and would like to know WTF stands for! Can’t wait for Eli’s e-book and her blurb book looks beautiful.

  62. Jeffrey Chapman says:

    Derrick, “WTF” is “Within The Frame”, first a best-selling book by David duChemin (Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision) and now also a series of international photo tours/workshops that David and I lead. We just completed Italy Within The Frame; next is Kathmandu Within The Frame.

  63. Jamie says:

    That is a really special shot! Reflections are part of our life but somehow, we often miss a shot of that.
    That would be a really great book to have!

  64. Bishop says:

    Looks like a great book…Nice shot!

  65. Lisa says:

    Great photo. Italy is THE best place to visit — some great photo ops, food and wine, culture and lovely people~!!!

  66. We just completed Italy Within The Frame; next is Kathmandu Within The Frame.

    How about a Taiwan Within The Frame? Traditional Chinese culture is better preserved here than in China and the food is great. :)

  67. Anna Velkey-Solvbergh says:

    It seems Jeffrey, you did not know what avalanche of comments and mostly interest in her book you were raising – this is really awesome!

  68. Jeffrey Chapman says:

    Craig, I’ve been to China a few times but never to Taiwan. I’d love to make it there someday.

  69. Rosa says:

    would love to have that book!

  70. I’m eyeing a copy of that book – makes a perfect companion to the rest of my David’s books collection :)

  71. Matt Connors says:

    I love books and keep hearing about Eli, so I’ll take my chance for her book for free.

  72. Coincidentally, I’ve been chasing and shooting a number of reflections recently. Such a fascinating way to view the world that most are oblivious to.

  73. Nancy Lehrer says:

    This book looks facinating. Thank you for the review.

  74. James c. says:

    love the pic! would like to win. :)

  75. TinaB says:

    The book looks interesting. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  76. Allison says:

    I just viewed the preview of Eli’s book, and it looks amazing. Wonderful work!

  77. Hilda says:

    I just took a peek at the preview on Blurb and it looks fascinating. Definitely inspiring in many ways. I want. Please to draw me.

  78. Amazing blog post, even more awesome book.
    I am sooo glad I found this site. (found via David duChemin)

  79. Henrik F says:

    Yey.. Win book .. Me @Henkotec

  80. Tim R says:

    Just saw this via David duChemin’s Tweet.

  81. Nick Jordan says:

    Looks like a great book! I’d love to win it!

  82. JF Machado says:

    Saw it on David’s tweet feed, and it does look great! I’m in for the giveaway.

  83. Brad_D says:

    It looks awesome! My to-be-read photo book pile is getting dangerously low so I’ll have to pick this up soon.

  84. it’s beautiful! i’d love a copy.

  85. Rudy Suyanto says:

    This book is will be inspiring others, imo. I think how she come out of an idea to create such great pictures from reflection are just magnificent.

  86. Josh Thomson says:

    Cool shot and sweet idea with giving away a copy of this book!

  87. [...] PS! If you’d care to win a copy of my recent book, head over to Jeffrey Chapman’s blog and sign up for the random draw. The link is HERE. [...]

  88. Lori says:

    Very cool image and concept of capturing reflections. So much inspiration in the world of photography!

Leave a Reply