'Land Of The Dead' by Alexandre Deschaumes
Here's the next inspiration post and this time with a photographer that truly has his own style in his photography art: Alexandre Deschaumes. He's a French landscape photography artist, with a focus especially on a dreamlike and mysterious, yet dramatic landscapes.
His style and sceneries are something I really love watching. He effortlessly mixes colour photographs and black & white work in his portfolios, the main focus being in majestic landscapes throughout his photo galleries.
Also, the locations are pretty much either some of the ones I've already tried to capture (to my best abilities, that is) myself, or places that I really wish to go someday. Overall, the grand mountain scenes and the dramatic ocean shores are exactly what gets me excited with photography. Here's some samples of his work, more behind these links: Website
'The light at the end of the World' by Alexandre Deschaumes
'Soulside Journey' by Alexandre Deschaumes
'The Eye Of The Vortex' by Alexandre Deschaumes
Some time has passed since my last inspiration post, so I'll share you more works of great photographers: Here's Joey L.
He's a young Canadian that has an amazing commercial portfolio
(you're most likely familiar with some of his work), but he also shoots personal projects in the most remote locations. He also offers tutorials
for photographers. Have a look.
I really like his fine art twisted style, a classy blend of technical craftsmanship and artistic creativity.
His full name is Joey Lawrence, by the way.
Killing Lincoln by Joey L.
Portrait of Jennifer Lawrence, Actress by Joey L.
In this video Joey describes his style and the way he works.
Protest The Hero by Joey L.
PORTRAIT OF RUFO by Joey L.
Nick Brandt: Lion Before Storm, Sitting Profile Masai Mara 2006
Nick Brandt's photography
work takes your breath away and just makes you stare, silent. He left his successful career in music video directing and commercial side to capture the wonders of wildlife of East Africa. How he became introduced to this area he later fell in love with? Nick Brandt directed Michael Jackson's music video for Earth Song
, after which, fittingly, he wanted to express himself by photography and make his effort for conservation and threatened wildlife in Africa. He now has his own non-profit organization for conservation work called Big Life Foundation
, which focuses on wildlife in the Amboseli ecosystem in Kenya and Tanzania.
Nick Brandt: ELEPHANT WITH EXPLODING DUST, AMBOSELI, 2004
Nick Brandt: Ranger with Tusks of Killed Elephant,Amboseli 2011
I wanted to share you one of the "new wave" photographers, who has his unique style of photography, but who also is eager to break some old school rules in the photography business. Free sharing, the active use of internet and social media, educating other photo enthusiasts and HDR (high dynamic range) photography are some of the things this man is well know for. He is Trey Ratcliff and I would recommend to look into his work, not just the great HDR images he creates, but also his versatile blog StuckInCustoms.com
in general and the tutorials and videos he has put out for everyone of us to enjoy. Trey also offers a Free HDR Tutorial
on his blog, so if you're interested in learning more about HDR shooting, this might be something you definitely want to have a look at.
Here's how Trey describes his work and himself: "I am known generally for the unique way in which I capture and process the world around me. I have my own “take” on HDR Photography, and you can see my free HDR Tutorial
right here. I grew up blind in one eye and this might have changed the way I view the world. I don’t know. It’s hard to be objective about the way one’s brain was wired. My background is in computer science and math, so I bring an algorithm-like process to capturing the scene in such a way that it evokes memories in a palpable manner. Whatever that means."
This is a short behind-the-scenes video about one of his HDR landscape images from Iceland, just to give you an idea:
This is a bit longer video where Trey Ratcliff visits Google's Mountain View headquarters for an Photographers/Authors@Google talk:
This is one of those videos I recommend watching. Yes, it's all the wonders of wildlife and photography, but photographer Paul Nicklen also has a bit deeper message behind his great speech which he held in TED Talks.
Diving under the Antarctic ice to get close to the much-feared leopard seal, photographer Paul Nicklen found an extraordinary new friend. Share his hilarious, passionate stories of the polar wonderlands, illustrated by glorious images of the animals who live on and under the ice."
Paul Nicklen Photography: www.paulnicklen.com
So, it's been a really long time since the last time I updated my photoblog. Not sure what's the main reason to that, but I've decided to pick things up again on this side as well. I've been updating my Facebook
photography page and also my Tumblr
photo feed, but for some reason this blog sort of fell behind. Anyway, many things have changed, one of the major changes being that I now live in Sydney, Australia. I dedicated a Tumblr photoblog, The Sydney Blog, for the general photography I've been shooting here Down Under.
I'll update more on the things that I've been doing during the past few months later, but in the meantime, here's a couple of new and not-so-new films I would recommend as an inspiration for everyone.
The first is 'Home'. Many of you might be familiar with Yann Arthus-Bertrand
and his 'Earth From Above'
series. His exceptional non-profit film 'Home' is something worth watching. Amazing footage from this globe.You can watch the whole film here, on YouTube (non-profit, free distribution film, mind you).
The next one is 'Oceans'. French nature documentary film by Jacques Perrin
. The film explores Earth's five oceans and it was filmed in over 50 different places and took four years to film. Oceans
is directed and produced by Jacques Perrin
, director Jacques Cluzaud with producer Nicolas Mauvernay, editors Catherine Mauchain and Vincent Schmitt, art director Arnaud Le Roch. The footage, again, is amazing with extraordinary cinematography and instead of focusing on spoken words it lets you just watch in awe. Here's a short clip from the movie, 'Weathering the Storm'.
The last recommendation might be a bit obvious, but still a must, nevertheless. It's Sir David Attenboroug's (BBC) Frozen Planet series
, which is currently running on TV here in Australia. No need for praising the quality more than just telling that you will not be dissapointed. The DVD will be a must buy for me. There you go.
Many of you may be familiar with Gregory Colbert's (a film-maker and photographer) Ashes and Snow installation
, but I wanted to share his inspiring work with you, nevertheless. It was a long time since I had watched this last time and it never fails to give you the shivers.
His photography portfolio and the Ashes and Snow project can be found from here
This is a short film from the bigger project, but the one part I like the most. The song is by amazing Lisa Gerrard
and the narrative voices feature Laurence Fishburne
(English version), Enrique Rocha
(Spanish version), Ken Watanabe
(Japanese version), and Jeanne Moreau
If you're in a hurry, save it for later...