Photographers who inspire me ~ #4 ~ Mark Olwick

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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 :: 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.

www.olwickphotography.com


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Photographers who inspire me ~ #3 ~ “RAX” Ragnar Axelsson

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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:: “RAX” Ragnar Axelsson

I would describe Ragnar Axelsson as a photographer’s photographer.
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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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