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That’s LIFE….

Jun 7

In Links, News, Thanks at 6:00am

LIFE.com announced the winners of its’ 2011 Photo Blog Awards, and this little rambling collection of thoughts ended up winning one. Very honored, especially when you look at their roll call of winners….Lens, from the New York Times, Bag News Notes, Time magazine’s Lightbox, and NPR’s Picture Show.

The blog is fun to keep up with, albeit at times a bit daunting. I find myself writing on planes, or airport lounges, or in cars on the way to location. Thank goodness for hot spots! Thank goodness, too, for this amazing adventure. Thirty five years with a camera in my hands, and still going. New Geographic assignment coming up in July, and today, for instance, into NY for an ongoing portrait series on the 10th Anniversary of 911. Stuff just keeps happening, and the blog, for me personally, has become a good way to check my pulse.

Life’s comments on Numnuts….

“The thoughts, notions, and ideas here come from thirty years in the field as a shooter,” reads the text in the upper-right hand corner of this blog, underneath a smiling stick figure and the casual, handwritten words “Meet Joe.” It’s that juxtaposition of the serious and the playful that make Joe McNally’s Blog such a treat. With bona fides from Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, and LIFE (for which he was a staff photographer), McNally tells stories and gives advice from behind the lens, pulling from his travels and his vibrant, extensive portfolio to riff on newsmakers (like the Navy SEALs, whom he once followed in training), share deeply personal memories of favorite shoots, and totally geek out on lighting technique and gear (explaining, as only he can, the best clamps, lenses, strobes, etc.). With eloquence, humor, and passion, McNally makes every post a love letter to his craft.”

That is pretty much the way I feel. Still in love with doing this. Still crazy after all these years. Very, very thankful to any and all who stop by for a bit of rambling. Many thanks, and as always, more tk….

78 Responses to “That’s LIFE….”

Kim J says:

on June 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Congrats Joe!!! Well deserved! I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your work. Amazing!

Andrew Macpherson says:

on June 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Congratulations, but it’s no surprise to your regular readers, they already have you on their “exceptional” list.

Mike Neale says:

on June 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Congrats, Joe,…amid this industry of pseudointellects and malcontents,…it’s an honor to have been tutored by the one who is not! You never drank the kool-aid,…for that you are our guru,…LIFE was fortunate to have had you on their team.

Well deserved indeed!


Bill Wittman says:

on June 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Thanks for your evidence that life is all about relationships. A camera in hand – with a conversation – is a good resource to engage others… and have LIFE recognize you!

Jim Child says:

on June 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Holy Cow another in the long list of accomplishments for Mr. Joe Mcnally. It is well deserved!

Leif says:

on June 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Huge congratulations from my heart – you really worth it!!!

Esam kabli says:

on June 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

It is really a daylight full time of the day when we can steel some mints
with you wonderful blog..
Keep it coming!!

Jay Mann says:

on June 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm


Congratulations, definitely well deserved. A new blog is always a highlight in my day. Sometimes it makes me laugh out loud, sometimes I want to cry, either way I am always inspired to improve my craft.
Your down to earth approach to this crazy thing called photog has greatly influenced my work. I will always remember shooting in the powerplant in Iceland, I was working a shot and you asked to see my screen. Your comment was ” #/#&*! Jay! that’s the same lighting you used on the last model, go up the front and see what you can do with that hard light coming in from those high windows!!” It was the kick in the #ss I needed. My images have made a step change since then.


Mitch says:

on June 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Congratulations, Joe! Your blog updates are like gold and I look forward to every one. Having a camera in my hand makes me learn how to take pictures, this blog reminds me WHY I take pictures, and that is the most important part!

Colinwalks says:

on June 8, 2011 at 12:07 am

I can’t hink of anyone more deserving, congratulations. I love your blog, thanks for sharing so openly.

Bob says:

on June 8, 2011 at 12:46 am

Life.com agrees with us. Nice.

Kris Mitchell says:

on June 8, 2011 at 3:19 am

Congrats, but FYI – the “Lens” link doesn’t work – it takes you to “http://ens.blogs.nytimes.com/” – it’s missing the “L” in “lens”

cheers eh?

Gordon Fraser says:

on June 8, 2011 at 3:27 am

congratulations indeed. I love your writing as much as your photography. It’s heartfelt and it shows. Every new post you put up here is a treat and I can’t wait for the next one.

Andy says:

on June 8, 2011 at 4:02 am

Congrats Joe. We’re not surprised you won, just happy :)

David Alan Harvey says:

on June 8, 2011 at 4:31 am

Hey Joe

I sure wish I could see more of you. Remembering always your good spirit and expertise which you obviously share with the same enthusiasm and love you always did.

My sincere congratulations to you for the Life award and for just being Joe.

Cheers, David

Ian Loomes says:

on June 8, 2011 at 4:39 am

Congratulations Joe. Very well deserved – keep up the great work. I check your blog every day waiting for a new post.

NicolasFeret says:

on June 8, 2011 at 6:56 am

well deserved :)

Photographick says:

on June 8, 2011 at 8:58 am

Congrats! I always ready your blog and love the tidbits of knowledge and love the way you write. Loving the new work, love you on the flashbus tour and can’t wait for what’s next to come. Thank you for all the inspiration!

Steve Wylie says:

on June 8, 2011 at 10:22 am

Let me just add my congrats, too. Your blog is a daily treat. You’re as good a writer as you are a photographer, and that’s saying a lot.

Scott Frederick says:

on June 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Congrats to you Joe!

Rick Freschner says:

on June 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Congrats Joe! From someone who follows your blog religiously and tries to attend every seminar you give in my area, it’s certainly no surprise. Hope you keep it going for many more years!

David Hessell says:

on June 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm


Just the fact that I’m what? Like the 71st person to congratulate you and wish you well …

Well … that says it all. I look forward to the next one …

Thank you,


Bogdan says:

on June 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Right on!

Peter MacDonald says:

on June 8, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Congratulations too Joe. You deserve the recognition. Your articles are always a treat when they bob up. I am often quite moved by some of the articles you write. I am obviously not the only one. Best wishes

Nikki says:

on June 9, 2011 at 10:53 am

I agree with the others, no surprise but congrats! My first stop in the morning is always here.

Ray says:

on June 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Congrats Joe!
I never miss any of your “rambling thoughts”!

Love ya!


Jaber says:

on June 14, 2011 at 5:20 am

Congrats Joey !!!!

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