Saturday, 29 May 2010

Favourite Photographers - James Mollison

Has been some time since I posted a favourite photographer, so I thought why not post one that has influenced me over the past few years and has influenced my thoughts for a future series I will be starting this September or October this year. So why is James Mollison one of my favourite photographers, I think it because of his series 'The Disciples' which James went from concert to concert over a three year period and photographed some of the most extreme fans that go along to see their idols. They love their hero so much they feel the need to scarily look like them. It is a great portrait series documenting the type of people who attend concerts by famous artists and how different each concert is, so the people are always different from the last but they all one thing in common, their love for their idol. This for me is a great social documentation on the music industry as well as a feel good series on fan and their love for their music and their favourite musician.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

New Photographers - Philip Lee Harvey

This is one of the many photographs found on travel photographer Philip Lee Harvey's website. I really like this photographer because of where he has been and what he has seen. Philip has been to over one hundred countries during his career and that has been a childhood dream to me. To travel all over the world photographing the unusual, different and exciting world that we do not all ways see. I really like his work because his photographic style is so broad such as landscape, portrait and wild life photography. Philip is doing something that he loves with a passion and I hope this will be the same for me what every photographic style I get into.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

New Photographers - Robin Friend

Robin Friend grabbed my attention with his series called "West Country". This series for me is a visually dramatic collection of landscape photographs that show the beauty of nature and how mankind is slowly destroying the world around us. By keeping it to a small area in England than doing hard hitting pieces on stories we all ready know, Friend still makes this series just as powerful as any other. Over all I enjoy looking at Robins Friends work as they are brilliantly composed and have a story and meaning to them.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Favourite Magazines - Creative Review

Creative Review is not just like other photography magazines that I normally read, such as F2 Freelance Photographer and 125 Magazine, which make CR a nice change of tone when I read it. The magazine has photography, illustration, graphic design, as well as changes in the industry. From companies changing over advertising agencies when they start a new campaign, to the last artistic trend that the industry is looking for and also a look at typography.

Another great thing about Creative Review is its annuals, over the year the magazine will release three annuals. One photographic, one illustration and finally the one I like the most, showing the best work to come out of the industry in the last year. This is a great way to see what other people do, mainly agencies and you also see what trends have really taken off in the last year.

This magazine is worth going out and buying for anyone looking into the industry as a whole and not just your main commercial talent.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Favourite Galleries - The National Portrait Gallery

This is by far one of my all time favourite galleries in London; this is due to my love for portrait photography. I think with the right portrait you can truly see and understand a lot about the person in question and I find going to the National Portrait Gallery a great way to see how other artists have achieved this. They have painters, photographers, sculptors and many other forms of great artistic mediums to show the portrait genre in all its glory. The bonus is that it is round the corner from the National Gallery and before the Photographers' Gallery moved it was up the road from that too. So when I was in London I could pop along and see three of my favourite galleries to get inspiration from as well as look at beautiful work from all over the world of art.