Becoming a photographer ~ part 1: the struggle to see

Part 1: The struggle to see

I remember being disappointed at my early attempts at photography.  I would look at my work, and my heart would sink.

Now, looking back, I can understand.

In those early days, what I was producing was a functional record of my day out with a camera. It was as if a photocopier had just copied what was in front of my eyes. I saw something nice, so I would take a picture of it. Simple.

The result was nice pretty pictures, well exposed, but there was not a lot more. I felt uncomfortable because I sensed that something was missing.

What I know now is that a ‘photocopier’ had taken those shots. I had been, not much more than a courier,  transporting a camera to a location and then letting my camera do all the work. I had thought I was a Photographer!   In reality, I had no idea what that meant.

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Photographers who inspire me ~ #2

There are many photographers who inspire me.

Most often, it is their photographs from which I draw the inspiration. Sometimes I am influenced by their philosophies of workflow, technique or craftsmanship. Occasionally inspiration will flow from how they choose to live their creative life.

Whatever their uniqueness, each in their own way have added something to my own journey as a landscape photographer.

From time to time, I would like to share these photographers with you here, so that you too have the opportunity to discover and be inspired by them.

 

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:: Cole Thompson

When I look at many of Cole Thompson’s photographs I feel great drama, passion and emotional expression from what I see. His work will often ‘stir’ me to ponder and look deeper into his images.

Personally, I like photographs which are iconic, compelling and poetic, and I see a lot of this from Cole’s work. I also like to see something that I have not seen before;  something new, different or surprising. All of which is a lot easier said, than done. Yet Cole Thompson’s work will often deliver across this broad scope of criteria.

Cole’s work will often grab my attention. His images break through the visual clutter of the millions of images we are exposed to, and in doing so his ‘hero’ pieces have a real and genuine presence.

Just look at these three photographs below. When I first saw each image they immediately draw me in. My eyes and mind felt compelled to settle on each photograph in thought,  about both the subject and the sense of story being conveyed. I also felt great respect for the photographer as each photograph is riveting, beautifully made and well crafted. I would encourage you to keep an eye on Cole’s work, for there is much learning, inspiration and visual enjoyment to be had.

http://www.colethompsonphotography.com

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Photographers who inspire me

There are many photographers who inspire me.

Most often, it is their photographs from which I draw the inspiration. Sometimes I am influenced by their philosophies of workflow, technique or craftsmanship. Occasionally inspiration will flow from how they choose to live their creative life.

Whatever their uniqueness, each in their own way have added something to my own journey as a landscape photographer.

From time to time, I would like to share these photographers with you here, so that you too have the opportunity to discover and be inspired by them.

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:: Julian Calverley 

Julian Calverley’s work is very compelling. He is a master of light. When I first discovered Julian’s work, my reaction was the same as when I stood in front of an exhibition of Rembrandt’s paintings… I was captivated by the powerful and emotive use of light.

Julian looks for compositions under conditions that many photographers might avoid and he captures them at their most dramatic. There is a lot of theatre, passion, depth and emotion to the photographs he makes.

There is also a realness to his work. His, is not a quest to capture landscapes at their most beautiful or unnatural as you might see in tourist postcards. Julian takes the real and shows just how majestic and artistic real can be.

I strongly identify with photographers who make landscape photographs in and around water. Julian Calverley is one of the best.

http://www.juliancalverley.com

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