These days, for some reason photographers prefer to just dump their photographs on a social media site, rather than take the time to build their own personal blog and space. On the other hand, I’ve seen many photographers create a “flashy” website filled with their photos once; and never update it with any other content for years (if any). Having said that, it is extremely rare to read a blogger’s article about another photographer’s work; which is very sad in my opinion. Who do you get your photographic inspiration from? Since there are very few photographers that actually blog on the net, I think it’s important to not just talk about “photography”, but also give good examples of other great photographer’s work. Photography is much more than just taking a bunch of pictures, and dumping them off on tumblr or flickr. A photograph is literally a record of an event, a moment frozen in time with one snapshot, a digital document that can be stored forever without fear of decay/oxidation. It’s more than just, “look at what I can do in Photoshop;” if that’s where your frame of mind is, I beg to disagree. It is important that we acknowledge other talented photographers so that we can not only inspire ourselves, but help inspire your readers to expand our perception of photography. In this section, I will share amazing photographs from other talented photographers; not necessarily beautiful ones, colorful ones, or overly processed ones, sharpened ones, or perfectly cropped ones, how old or how new. But photographers (be it living or dead) who managed to capture their subject’s story and emotion, through the lens of their camera; regardless of the quality or condition of the image. The images that tell stories, are the ones that are most remembered. – ShadesOfSepia.com
This beautiful photo was made by Lisa Holloway, here is her website. All her work is absolutely stunning! In my opinion, she knows what it means to be a true photographer, by being open minded and creative. In this particular photo, I was drawn to it by her ability to make the subjects eye pop and grab your attention. However, judging from her site, I get the sense she specializes in newborns, but her photographic skills in general are phenomenal! She is truly a photographic artist. I highly recommend going to her website
Here is another photographer on Deviant Art. The person calls themselves eXcer. You know, it really pisses me off that there are so many talented photographers that don’t have a website. What the hell is wrong with you guys? Anyway, This is what photography is all about! People who don’t understand photography think that its all about taking pictures of random people, but its not, its far from it. It’s about capturing that one magic moment that makes the shot a photograph. This is art, it is esoteric, it is emotional, it is heart, all the ingredients that make worthy of being called art. This is it. This photographer has done a beautiful job with minimal processing. Here is a link to the photographer’s Deviant Art profile here.
A beautifully exposed and processed photograph from a photographer that goes by the name of WWWest. The person is a member of Deviant Art. The color processing in this photograph speaks volumes. I am very inspired by this. I did not find a website for this photographer, but here is a link to their Deviant Art profile page here.
I consider this photograph from Sian Lewis to be outstanding! The background, lighting, overcast, everything is just perfect. A photograph that obviously tells the story of a dog that loves his master. Visit Sian Lewis website here.
This image is by Valerie Jardin, an extraordinary street photographer. I love this particular photograph because it is not easy to capture patterns while an moving object overlays that pattern. This photo was taken with perfect timing. Visit Valerrie’s blog here.
Another one I found from Valerie Jardin. I think this is an important photo for new photographers to see; because normally most photographers would turn and walk away from abandoned garbage. However, this photo clearly shows that there can be beautiful artistic value in everything, including garbage. It’s all about how you perceive your subjects. The composition, exposure, and blend of colors well thought. Not only does this photograph tell a story, but it shows that the subjects had a history too. Once again, her blog can be seen here.
Coretta Scott King and her daughter, Yolanda. This was photographed by Moneta Sleet. I love this photo because Moneta captured Coretta’s optimism during the most difficult era for people of color.
Madame Inferno by Aswirly. This is what I call photographic art! this photo is extraordinary. What is so interesting about this photo, fire is normally not used to depict beauty; however, she manages not only to capture the beautify, but keep the femininity too (which isn’t always easy to do when using fire). Aswirly’s photography is really inspiring. She has an awesome blog, here is a link. Check it out.
Here is a beautiful and yet simple B&W photo by Bob Towery. Come to think of it, this also breaks that “rule of thirds” I’ve talked about in a previous post. Many of today’s formally “school” photographers would probably say to blow it up and crop the two couples in 2/3. Because by the “rule of thirds” the focus is on the building, yet our human eyes move toward the couple. I seriously disagree, because esthetically, the extra building/street compliments the photo and adds to the mood (as well as the great exposure). Story wonderfully told. Here is a link to the photographer’s site. Unfortunately, his site appears incomplete, but It’s only right to share his link.