Photography inspiration and appreciation
Great photographic works, past and present
Photography inspiration from some of the great photographers and film makers influencing our creative world today.
People of Jakarta.
The lighting, tone and sense of atmosphere in his images are cinematic but they are rural scenes of everyday life. He takes the mundane to the extraordinary Rarinda says of himself: “I am an ordinary man who live in Jakarta. I like taking photo of people. Ordinary people around me.” He is inspired himself by Water Spies, a german born artist who lived in Bali until 1940 when he was arrested as an enemy alien and subsequently died aboard a prisoner of war ship. you can see many similarities in their work.
Shake By Carli Davidson
Carli Davidson captures dogs in full motion of their shake resulting in hilarious and unusual expressions and drool slinging. Have a look at the slow motion shaking video below to see the full action that is so familiar to any pet owner. She has a book out filled with 61 of our shaking furry friends with ears flapping, fur twisting, jowl curling action. It’s aptly titled Shake. Guaranteed to make you smile!
Young by the Paper Kites
For those interested in portraiture; More than 4000 photos of over 350 people’s face were used to make the captivating stop-motion music video for the single “Young” by the Australia band The Paper Kites. Darcy Prendergast of the Melbourne-based production company Oh Yeah Wow directed the video which took seven days to shoot and ten days to assemble.
David Griffin of National Geographic: How photography connects us
David Griffen discusses documentary photography and how it transcends the capturing of a moment, also encapsulating the emotional connection to that moment and the evolving story. In his words ” every one of us has one or two great photographs in them, but to be a great photojournalist you have to be able to make them all the time.” Below you can see that in action.
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- Assembler by Kosmur
Carl Warner: “Lettuce Seascape”
Baked potatoes, lettuce and a whole lot of imagination. You can actually read about the creation of this whimsical piece of food art here. While you are there, check out Shoulder Hill Valley and The Desert of Sleeping Men!
David Gillanders: “The Neglected”
Sam Abell a documentary photographer from National Geographic talks about why he became a photographer and his process of making images below. On the atlanic.com he talks about his bison image above which is one of my favourites. See that short interview [responsive_vimeo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceJ0S5P-Ybc&feature=player_embedded norel]
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Tim Flach creates stylised conceptual images of animals, often in studio settings. This rooster is from his collection entitled “More Than Human”. He also has series focused on dogs (dogs gods) and horses (equus). He often depicts his subject using defamiliarization where by his unusual angles or extreme close ups make the viewer rethink their pre-determined viewpoint. Each image is beautifully lit, timed and composed & still possesses that spark of life that will make you look at each time and time again.
Don Quixote & Libreria Norma
This video is an ad but its a brilliantly executed and funny. Don Quixote / Quijote is a book heralded as one of the most influential novels of the Spanish Golden Age. It follows the tale of a man named Alonso who has read a few too many books on chivalry and knights quests and sets off as Don Quixote de la Mancha on a quest of his own. This ad is a very clever play on his indomitable spirit. The attention to detail in styling, mannerisms and movement really creates the characters perfectly.