Posts tagged 2016
My Year In An Image Round Up

2016 has been a funny old year, it contained a whole lot of positive experiences but it also had a bit of negativity thrown into the mix but that being said I'm all for celebrating the little moments even if things are going sideways. Photography is something I'm still crazy passionate about and a goal of mine is to take more personal photographs in the new year (plus edit the backlog of videos that I've managed to accumulate) but this is a look at my year, favourite images and some more personal bits. What photos and memories has 2016 brought you?

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Classic Black & White Photographers To Love

In one of my monthly What I'm Watching posts (found here) I mentioned one program I was loving was a TV photographic competition, namely the Master Of Photography. It filled a visual hole but it also took me back to my photographic education days, the thought process, the methodology and the critique - yes they were incredibly cutting. Watching this program has helped reignite my love for black and white photography and the beauty of it, so I thought I'd discuss some of my favourite artists who shoot predominately if not exclusively with a lack of colour. Who are your most inspiring photographers? Well known or not.

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Being Inspired #4

Art is something I adore and appreciate in all it's forms, on occasion it may not be to our tastes but we can still admire the thought process, style and efforts behind a piece. I find inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere, so once in a while I like to share some imagery that piques my interest - keeping those creative juices flowing. In most places I genuinely don't know who the artist is but if you happen to please let me know so credit can be given*. What images are your current inspiration?

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Ways To 'See' Potential Photographs

Once in a while, especially if you're feeling a dip in creativity, you may feel something is lacking in your photography and you may feel a disconnection to your work. Having the ability to 'see' photographs is a hard skill to crack and could take time, practice, perseverance plus a bit of good luck but if something is worth doing then it's worth doing well. Falling back in love with your style can take time but there are some steps you can take to move you forward to getting back to the imagery you want to create, here are some ways to find the images to capture. How do you 'see' your potential photographs?

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Being Inspired #3

Once again I'm back, to bring you some of the various weird and wonderful artistic images from across the internet to help inspire you. If you're feeling a little stuck for both inspiration and motivation, one of the best ways to find your groove again is to take in fresh influences - ideas may come from the most surprising places. Before you click ahead I should note that not every image is suitable work as there are a few artistic nudes thrown in for good measure. Where I can I will link the relevant artists so hopefully it can lead you to discovering a whole new artistic love.

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The Book Tag

My younger self would be so upset with me, despite my undying love of reading and the feel of a book I never really got back to into reading after university (taking in all those expansive, in depth articles and books hurt my brain). I made the excuse that I never had the time and now use the excuse that every spare moment is spent blogging but that isn't the whole truth, one of my goals for the year was to read more and by hook or by crook I will get back on the reading train.

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Lessons From Film Photography

Film photography is a beautiful medium to work in however for some it may not be the preferred way to create art, during my time playing with analogue film and darkrooms I've learnt a few things that may (or may not) help you in your quest for innovative work. Here are a few lessons to take from film photography that could help your approach your art in new a way, what would take away from this medium?

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Favourite Photographers #15

Once again we're at the time of the month where we celebrate some great artists and their wonderful aesthetics, today we're featuring 2 artists that couldn't be anymore different: the older photographer offering is the ridiculously famous WeeGee, a master of black and white journalistic capture. The more modern visual artist is Melody Hansen, a talented lady who can do it all photography, music and illustration. What are your inspirational artists?

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Tips For Exploring Photo Composition

Composition is a big aspect of photography, so much so that it plays a part in how every image is put together, it can help you build a style you are not only comfortable with but allows you to test your boundaries. It can be a tough concept to master however depending on what you want; how you want your audience to see and feel about your work is dependent on how it is composed. Here are a few things to consider when constructing your pictures, there could be things to stick and other aspects where you can throw caution to the wind. 

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My Favourite Places & What They Mean To Me

I would not say I'm a big traveller but on occasion I have visited some places that have really resonated with me in a big and left sometimes a bitter sweet echo of the time spent there, these are some of my favourite places that I've had the pleasure of perusing. These places may seem on the outlook not up your street however try to forgo any intial judgement because you could find your best places when not even purposely looking for them. What are your favourite places?

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Exploring The Snapshot Aesthetic

Photography, like other art genres can be divided into many sub-categories, one such category that has inspired me for many years including my last university year is the Snapshot Aesthetic. It is an element of the Documentary style that has the ability to capture everyday life, for all its beauty and ugliness - it can show people at their most raw, making sure their emotions are paused in time for reflection. This is a brief look into the topic, how do you feel about the Snapshot Aesthetic?

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Favourite Photographers #13

After we reached a whole year's worth of favourite photographers (found here) I thought I'd dedicate a post to 2 artists who are some mighty fine manipulators of the subject, namely Lazslo Maholy-Nagy and Brooke Shaden. Whilst their approaches are completely different and focus on wildly contrasting subject matter these are stunning artists who are brilliant at what they do. Who are your favourite artists?

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Favourite Photographers #12

We made it! A whole year of favourite photographers we've had so many great artists, if you fancy a catch up with any all the links are featured below the break. This post is more about conceptual artists, the ones who consistently tried to break the status quo of things, we have the usual set up of both an older and more contemporary artist. This comes in the form of Man Ray and Nick Knight, both portraiture artists with very different aesthetics. 

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Alternative Editing Programs For Those Who Don't Have Photoshop

Some of you may have read your favourite bloggers or creatives talk about Photoshop, it's a brilliant tool that can subtly compliment your images or help push them to something wildly abstract and fun however what happens when you don't have this program in your arsenal? Whether you can't afford the software or it's simply not accessible to you there are a few alternatives that can help you on your quest for an image style you're happy with and here they are:

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Favourite Photographers #11

We're here in the new year and once again the time has come to bring you yet another edition of some more brilliant photographers. Today we're back (in part) comparing two artist one modern, the other who had a career during the 50s and 60s - both are portraiture artists using very different approaches. If you have any inspirational artists you'd like to share, please feel welcome to comment below.

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