Monday, 1 March 2010

New Photographers - Joni Sternbach

Joni Sternbach's is a photographer that does not use normal printing techniques such as colour negative or positive film, digital or Polaroid. Instead what his using is a very old technique called tintype wet-plate processing. This gives all his photographs a look that they have been around for years when in fact they have only been around for the past 10 or 15 years. Due to the fact that the process has to be done whilst at the scene all of Sternbach’s work is carefully composed, exposed and thought about and this is seen in all his work.

His series on the surfers is my favourite series he has done. All his work has water in the photograph somewhere, he does most of his photography work by the coast. With the surfer series, the collection of land, sea and air are nicely composed and with the surfer standing or sitting in the middle brings everything together nicely. The portraits themselves are very beautiful to look at as a series. You see when in as a series how many different people do surfing and how wide the age range is. Overall I just really like Sternbach’s work and think that the process he uses is something that helps with making the photographs so unique and different to what other people are doing.

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