Links I Like
The internet is full of wonderful material but often it is awash in inferior material and hard to find. As I search through the ‘net’ looking for photography and art I come across some neat sites and resources. I don’t want to lose them so I collect their URL’s. If you are interested in what I find fascinating, have a look below. These sites all have caught my eye and I feel there is something of value in them. The common thread through all of them is inspiration: they inspire me. I hope they do the same for you! Just a note of caution: most of these sites are far more sophisticated and beautiful than mine. Don’t wander off and forget me!
These sites are home to many styles and categories of photographers. It is the catch all for those who don’t fall into any particular category. That does not mean they are not interesting or creative. On the contrary, these are the traditional picture takers who do the bulk of the wonderful image making we are discussing.
I seem to be finding photographers who are following in the footsteps of the Dutch and Renaissance masters for style and subject material. Bill Gekas is from Australia and his portraits in a classical style have won him well deserved accolades from around the world. Do have a look at what he has been doing.
This is the site of William Long, a commercial photographer out of Australia. Take a look at the images on his website and learn lots. Just fantastic. I see several images that I want to emulate. That does not mean copy! But I want to learn techniques and to watch someone so accomplished is a great way to do it. That is the point of all of these links: places to go that you can see something of beauty and learn about the craft
Photography takes in such a wide variety of subject matter that people specialize. Eiko has done that and he has done it amazingly well. To quote his home page, “Eiko Jones Photography presents unique images of our world. Specializing in dramatic and surreal underwater photography, from freshwater lakes and rivers to the oceans of the world.”
The still life paintings of the old masters, and some not so old, have always been beautiful to me. In researching Photo Art Galleries such as Beetles+Huxley I came across the name of Paulette Tavormina and found my way to her website. Wow! This is a “Must See”! Stop what you are doing and go there now!
Denis Collette has photo skills that turn me green with envy. He has the eye to capture and the technique to transform his images into abstractions in color that you must look at. I study what he does but I have a long way to go to do it. The link here is to his Flickr account where you can view his work in generous sized images that let you into this marvelous photographer’s world.
Frank Odkenfels III is a commercial photographer who has his work used to promote TV and Movie productions. His website is interesting and it displays a wide selection of his work. It is a great source of ideas and inspiration. Some of the writing on his site very instructive and gives a glimpse into the world of high powered commercial photography. Highly recommended!
Joe McNally is a photographer of a different sort. He is a photo journalist and has had his work, taken in 50 countries around the world, in all of the world\’s great magazines. It is hard to find anyone with credentials such as his. His website is wonderful and offers galleries of his work. An excellent experience.
Artur is a Canadian photographer who specializes in landscape photography. His work is impressive and his website is pure art work. You will enjoy a few minutes here. I cam across his work at a Vancouver Home show and his prints are explosive. It is photography like this that makes finding the art really really easy!
Serge is a master of HDR and his site is worth visiting for that alone. He has a good eye for the cityscape, especially his night shots. But don’t take my word for it. Have a look for yourself! One word of criticism: he tries overly hard to sell you stuff. If you sign up for his newsletter you will be inundated!
I am not happy with this name. By “Experimental” I mean people who start with photography but heavily post process their images in an attempt to create something beyond photography. These are exciting people who are trying to take the craft to new and different artistic heights.
By commercial photography I mean photography for fashion or advertising purposes as opposed to artistic work. At first I thought this category would be uninteresting but I have learned that the contrary is true. Some of it is wonderful. Take a look at these people!
Commercial photographers are represented by agents, apparently, and Suzy represents several, among them Benjamin Von Wong. Her website has a large portfolio of commercial images. It is interesting. Maybe not helpful in ‘finding the art’ but it does educate you on how people earn a living in photography. It is worth your while to immerse yourself in these images for an hour or two.
I came across an interview with Dixie Dixon on KelbyOne and found it most enjoyable. So I went to her website. Here is another great photographer. Her thing is Fashion Photography. And she’s good at it. I’m not that interested in this kind of work per se but I very much enjoy the competence and excellent camera sense this woman shows. Another site worthy of study!
Wow! Another fashion photographer and I think I will withdraw the statement that I am not that interested in fashion photography. This woman rocks! I love her imagination and the technical brilliance she brings to her art. But it is so discouraging to look at this work and know how far I am from doing anything like this! I am in awe!
This Gallery is in Berlin, yes, that’s in Germany, and as you might expect, it is very avant garde. It is interesting to see what current photographic ‘artists’ are doing. Presumably their work sells or these galleries would not exist. But looking at some of this work, it is obvious I am not in touch with modern taste.
I believe we can all learn from each other. And especially, photographers can learn from artists in other disciplines. Now, I am probably telling you too much about my preferences in art by telling you about sites that inspire me. I am not expert and I am certainly not a critic. This is just my subjective listing of artists’ sites that grab my attention. Have a look and then start your own list.
I met Jenn at an art show in 2013 and was immediately taken by her work. I wish we photographers had the freedom she has in the use of form and color. Maybe we do. It is just really hard to learn. We are so easily seduced by the detail in our images to step back and look at the form and color. Visit Jenn’s site and see what I mean!
Cameras, Lenses and Equipment
I love camera gear. Maybe I am a bit weird (Susan definitely thinks so) but I can sit happily holding and stroking one of my cameras or lenses. I go to several websites for information about cameras and equipment. If you are like me, I sincerely hope you are not, you will find these sites helpful.
The name hides a wealth of information on Nikon, Canon and other camera brands. It seems a little chaotic to me but it is well worth taking the time to sort through it. It is massive!