I notice that I keep coming back to this beautifully shot short film (by Astray Films collective
) for inspiration, so here it is for inspiration. Although the film is about a photographer's thoughts and world, I think the things he says go a long way for many of us, regardless of the passion or lifestyle that one has.
The photographer/cinematographer/director that centers this film is Mickey Smith
. He's also part of Astray Films. Dark Side of the Lens
has won multiple awards for its cinematography (among others). Watch and enjoy!
Dark Side of the Lens - Directed by Mickey Smith, Produced by Helen Hayden, Line Producer Rivie Verran, DOP Allan Wilson.
‘Darkside of the Lens’ offers a surreal, ethereal, passionate and personal glimpse into the life and motivations of an ocean based photographer - working on a magical, yet isolated, frozen and dangerous stretch of the Irish coastline.
The story of the photographer is a tale seldom told. Through poignant, poetic narrative, the film eventually transcends itself as an abstract reflection of one photographer’s ideals, to become a voice for the artform.
Indeed, the film itself becomes a visual poem of sorts, set in a mindblowing environment of epic heavy waves, strange sealife and monolithic stunning clifflines. Land, sea and wavescapes illustrate the grandeur of this environment, and huge explosions of water bring it’s realities home, as the photographer swims through the epicentre of it all.
Through one mans translation of what it takes to create images that inspire, we also gain insight into the unheralded and misunderstood art form of ocean based photography.
The merits of the artform itself come into focus - how it is unique, the risks involved, the challenges faced, the highs and lows of the game. The narrative delves into the reasoning behind risking your life for a photograph when there are meagre financial rewards, and illustrates what it takes to succeed in a specialist niche that demands such a strange combination of photographic and physical prowess.
The result is a unique, moving, and inspirational understanding of the nomadic lifestyle involved, and the subsequent realities of living it in the brutally cold big wave environment of Ireland."
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...