hey Tony. Seems that we take very similar capture and or photos. I often wonder if there is anything at all different or new that i might procure but everything leads to a standstill "no". For the fact that just about almost everything has been done. How do you feel about this? - richard
Hi, Richard and thanks for your very searching question :-)
I’ve spent some time thinking about this hence the slow response.
It’s rare for me to be devoid of inspiration. The world changes every second and no view is ever exactly the same. And you just have to look at the work of Tumblrians to see new things. Ian Ruhter’s fantastic wet plate collodian prints; Tim Lee’s quite amazing fine art stuff (his dead flower portraits are unique and stunning); or the food photography (and writing) of Tim Clinch.
When I am devoid of inspiration I tend to go to my library of photography books, curl up in my favourite chair and just look for something to inspire me. It might not be stuff that I use or chose to publish here but it keeps me thinking about creating images.
The well known UK landscape photographer Joe Cornish advocates a policy of photographing only within a thirty minute radius of home - either thirty minutes by road, by rail or on foot. This, for me, creates another challenge because I live in a not particularly photogenic part of the UK. However, I do find things to photograph within this “rule”. It’s just a case of looking and thinking.
I hope that I have interpreted your question correctly and my reply is what you might be looking for.
Blikopener mentioned earlier this evening that he liked storms…
Another of my photo heroes is Mitch Dobrowner who has just won Sony’s World Photographer of the Year award with hisStorms series. They are truly stunning images; please go take a look. Here’s the press release:
American photographer Mitch Dobrowner has won the Sony World Photographer of the Year 2012 award, with a series of stunning photographs entitled Storms.
Dobrowner’s extraordinary black and white photos of brooding skylines pregnant with impending storms defeated over 112,000 rival images that were submitted from 171 different countries.
Chairman of the judging committee, WM Hunt, said: “There is enormous pleasure in the jury’s selection of Mitch Dobrowner because he is the best of what is classic and what is contemporary in photography.
“He brings a sense of its history and enormous skill in his craft while pushing his imagination and, even, physical strength. The work offers a visceral rush while being wonderfully well made. I think he is an exceptional choice.”
I thought that you might be interested in a couple of websites I have bookmarked:
The first is The Digital Monochrome Forum, which is a UK-based forum hosted by Martin Henson, a much respected photographer from Yorkshire. There’s lots of interesting discussions and a host of good tips.
Secondly, a new site for me is Digital Black and White hosted by Ian Barber. Loads of stuff here relating to digital monochrome.
Just to let you know that I’ve rebranded my other blog as “I LOVE MY FUJIFILM X10”, which will showcase images and other interesting stuff from X10 users in cyberspace. I’m currently experimenting with images and layout so please bear with me while I sort it all out.
Caspar Claasenis a photographer based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He takes candid, unposed photographs of interactions between strangers and their everyday surroundings. With a very subtle eye he is capaturing situations with a nice sence of humour that just make us smile.