5 new photographers added; Dec 22th 2014.
We see these lists, all the time. Most are long, endless lists of boring sameness. Lifeless lists of lemmings; photographers, with a few exceptions, who all look the same. All copying each others work in a repetitive, diminishing circle of indistinguishable and interchangeable styles and ideas. Most lists are worthless.
Surely the purpose of such lists is to showcase artists where each has been carefully chosen to bring something of particular value into the sphere of other Landscape Photographers. An outward looking list. A rich tapestry of creative and functional ideas, styles and techniques; contrasting, challenging, thought provoking and truly useful. A mix of the established and the new, traditional and avant-garde. A diverse list which helps other photographers to grow.
So, I thought I would put together my own list below.
Let me share four important criteria for my choices;
First, this is not a list of the “Top 100” or “The Best”; the concept of better or best is a nonsense. They are all excellent. As are thousands who will be left off the list. What is important here is that they are different from each other and chosen for particular reasons. And it is this broad difference in vision and values, technique and ideas which this list hopes to showcase. Read More
I’d like to share some thoughts on editing, from my own perspective.
You may have your own methods, for your own purpose. For each of us, these might be very different. I hope these thoughts below might add to your own thinking on this topic.
There is no one way, or right way, to edit your photography.
Editing for me, is not just an ‘after’ task. Editing is a constant activity, on a continuum. It starts before I pick up a camera, it is present while I work my camera and it continues at any time I need to review, sort, select or arrange my finished photographs.
I am not talking here about retouching or the functional aspects of editing, which you might do in Photoshop. That is a different type of editing from which I speak of.
When I talk about “editing”, I am talking about the making of ‘considered choices’ which drive my whole process of planning, capturing, finishing and presenting a photograph or body of work. It is about ‘the how and the why‘ I make those choices, and it is about the effect such choices have in helping to build and shape the photos I take. That is what I mean by editing.
Two photographs made with two very different, but unique cameras.
Can we see the difference? And, should the camera make any difference to how we judge the photographs?
Sometimes we do need specialised equipment for particular outcomes. However, for many art projects the photograph is “hero” and the camera does not or should not matter.
I think sometimes we feel we need a special camera to make a great photograph. I also worry that our fixation on equipment comes at the expense of us developing our vision and creative skills which I think are far more decisive to the outcome than any camera we might choose to use.
Here are two photographs below, both of which I love. They are creative and artful expressions of my personal passion and vision. Both will sit well in respective bodies of work and both will look beautiful mounted and framed.
For this outcome the camera should not matter… or should it?
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.
:: Mark Olwick
I like Mark Olwick’s work because his work will often surprise me.
“Show me something I have not seen before” is the catch-cry of many photographic judges, photo buyers and curators. It forms the bases of a worthy goal for any serious photographer to strive to produce such work. But that is a lot easier said than done. Yet this is a barrier which Mark will often break through. He offers up compositions and interpretations of subjects which I find to be fresh and different. In doing so he pushes me out of my own comfort zone. His work is challenging and sets higher benchmarks. His vision is often very different and that gets me thinking and gets me wanting to try new ways to approach capturing a subject. And that is a good thing.
Mark does not run with the pack. He seeks out his own vision and makes photographs which often stop me and require me to look deeper and longer.
Mark has just recently won a silver medal at the ‘Prix de la Photographie’ in Paris, in the category “Altered Images” for his entry entitled, ” Three elephants, Botswana.” This highly competitive juried competition selected winners from thousands of entries from over 85 countries.
Mark is also a very supportive and helpful photographic colleague. He is often willing to reach out and share his thoughts and suggestions with other photographers.
I would encourage you to bookmark Mark’s site and visit from time to time. His work and his blog are both inspiring and thought provoking.