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    The forum should have a thread on Inspirational Photographers. So I'll start the ball rolling. For me Ralph Gibson is one of the most influential living photographer in the 21st C.

    This short 5 minute video is worth watching, it's guaranteed to get your mind thinking.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=2S9NkO8Jf-A
    Steve

    on flickr

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    Re: Inspirational Photographers

    Really enjoyed that Steve. Apart from the wisdom and brevity, no mention of awesome, cool, like, (as in I was like.....) and cool. That stuff drives me nuts. I'm going to think some more about influential photographers, Robert Doisneau is one of mine partly because his work often makes me smile.

    Knowing your chosen genre, perhaps have a look at Hugh Rawson's work here:
    http://www.hughrawson.com

    Hugh is based here in Surrey, nice guy and a talented photographer.

    Also, a pal of mine Mark Phillips whose work has more than a passing resemblance to that of Alex Webb: http://www.markaphillips.co.uk

    David
    The beauty of not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise and is not preceded by periods of anxiety

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    • #3
      Re: Inspirational Photographers

      Thanks Dave for linking these great photographers, both excellent .

      Had a quick look but will I spend a good deal more looking through their work.
      Steve

      on flickr

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      • #4
        Re: Inspirational Photographers

        Hugh Rawson’s blog is one of the good ones out there. Thoughtful and intelligent.

        David
        The beauty of not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise and is not preceded by periods of anxiety

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        • #5
          Re: Inspirational Photographers

          This quote from The Great Elliot Erwitt is worth taking on board:

          "Photography is an art of observation.
          It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."

          Isn't that profound
          Steve

          on flickr

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          • #6
            Re: Inspirational Photographers

            Interesting Steve that thee and me are the only people on this thread.

            Here's another tog that may interest you. Greg Simpson in Canada. AND, he uses a Pen F, another blog that I enjoy.

            http://www.ultrasomething.com

            David
            The beauty of not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise and is not preceded by periods of anxiety

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            • #7
              Re: Inspirational Photographers

              Hi Dave it doesn't surprise me greatly, but I'm glad that there's at least the two of us who recognise the great learning opportunities offered by studying the present and past greats in photography. I try to pick up one point of interest every day or so and somehow incorporate it into photography. I'm still interpreting the DL-RG 'Point of Departure'. Some days I think I have a clear insight, then, like today, I'm led to query my understanding. One thing I do recognise though is that if I go out looking for a particular photograph(s), crap happens. However if I divert my attention to other things then somehow the subconscious picks the photo opportunities for me. Here's an example: I was walking, heading in a certain direction with a task in hand and in the corner of my eye I spotted the light and something moving, and not worrying unduley about exposure or focus I just snapped the shot (I normally have f8 and about 4m, but on this day the light was poor so I opened to f5.6).

              Liverpool by -Steve Ricoh-


              Reading about Greg I see he has taken up the hybrid workflow much like myself. Like me he finds the lack of undesignated buttons and dials somewhat refreshing. Everything on an analogue has a purpose, clearly mapped without being a memory test. With my camera hanging around my neck, I can to take a plan view and know exactly what the settings are, aperture, shutter speed, focus and DoF. And with a certain camera I can move the focus point be feel, keeping my eye looking straight ahead for opportunities.
              Steve

              on flickr

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              • #8
                Re: Inspirational Photographers

                HEADS UP - National Portrait Gallery - Victorian Photographers - On Now

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                • #9
                  Re: Inspirational Photographers

                  https://www.theguardian.com/artandde...e_iOSApp_Other
                  Regards,
                  Mark

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                  Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Inspirational Photographers

                    Continuing with the Ralph Gibson theme, I recommend his book Dues Ex Machina. Over 700 page's worth of mind blowing, stunning photography. I picked up a second hand copy from a seller in Germany, via Amazon.
                    Steve

                    on flickr

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                    • #11
                      Re: Inspirational Photographers

                      I go for Bill Brandt, particularly his Halifax 1937 pictures.

                      I would say that, I went there 50 years later and accidentally took a moody mono of the same subject standing in exactly the same place. So we must share some photo DNA :-)

                      Pete
                      Look, I'm an old man. I shouldn't be expected to put up with this.


                      Pete's photoblog Misleading the public since 2010.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Inspirational Photographers

                        For those that like the "manipulated" pictures

                        http://www.johnwilhelm.ch/
                        Graham

                        We often repeat the mistakes we most enjoy...

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                        • #13
                          Re: Inspirational Photographers

                          Originally posted by snaarman View Post
                          I go for Bill Brandt, particularly his Halifax 1937 pictures.

                          I would say that, I went there 50 years later and accidentally took a moody mono of the same subject standing in exactly the same place. So we must share some photo DNA :-)

                          Pete
                          Let's see the side by side images.
                          Steve

                          on flickr

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                          • #14
                            Re: Inspirational Photographers

                            Originally posted by Ricoh View Post
                            Let's see the side by side images.
                            Here you go.

                            I was visiting folks in Halifax and on the prowl for a nice snap when I saw this cobbled pathway. It goes up the side of Dean Clough mill to where the old North Station used to be. Mill workers would have used it to catch trains or trams. I just saw it ans snapped it. Imagine my surprise years later when I saw Bill Brandt's version taken it turns out 60 years before.

                            Left, me, mono conversion from 35mm slide, 1997 - Right B.B probably plate camera? 1937. I was more concerned with the look of the cobbles and less with the building. My mate Bill clearly had moody lighting and rain on his side, plus the buildings would have been even blacker then.



                            Check out the match in the cobbles, I must have stood within a foot of his position, all by accident.
                            :-)
                            Look, I'm an old man. I shouldn't be expected to put up with this.


                            Pete's photoblog Misleading the public since 2010.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Inspirational Photographers

                              Excellent Pete, definitely something to do with Wrangler genes.
                              I wonder if the cobbled path still remains, I'd love to do a MK 3 version.

                              Edit. I would agree with you, Bill Brandt is another star, I have a Pintrest folder full of his work.
                              Steve

                              on flickr

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