Photography, film and creative ideas

Peak District Morning on Flickr.Sometimes you find yourself in front of a great scene but without your favourite camera; like when you climb a remote hill in the Peak District to try and get phone signal. Luckily most of us now have high quality cameras on our phone so now there’s no excuse to miss that shot.
Peak District Morning on Flickr.Sometimes you find yourself in front of a great scene but without your favourite camera; like when you climb a remote hill in the Peak District to try and get phone signal. Luckily most of us now have high quality cameras on our phone so now there’s no excuse to miss that shot.

Peak District Morning on Flickr.

Sometimes you find yourself in front of a great scene but without your favourite camera; like when you climb a remote hill in the Peak District to try and get phone signal. Luckily most of us now have high quality cameras on our phone so now there’s no excuse to miss that shot.

Photo of the Week

Celebrating great photography past and present

Jonas Bendiksen, 2000

With the Sochi Winter Olympics in full swing now, my photo of the week this week comes from Russia (albeit nowhere near Sochi).

Taken by Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen in 2000, it shows villagers from the Altai Territory exploring a crashed spacecraft surrounded by white butterflies.

There is a lovely juxtaposition to the shot, between the industrial brute of the spacecraft, and the pure beauty of the nature surrounding it.

If you like the look of this shot, then it’s definitely worth taking a look at Jonas Bendiksen’s Magnum portfolio. Loads more great work to be found in there.

Why Photography is Like Making Music

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Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Newman

It was a dark, starry night, and I was driving in my beat up old car with the music up. In my head I was on an epic road trip through the wild Australian backcountry, miles from civilisation and on route to my next camp. The only thing that diverted my attention was the occasional glow of a kangaroo’s eyes in the headlights.

Back in reality I was actually on the M4 near Slough, and the kangaroos were really the blaring headlights of oncoming traffic. Exact location aside however, I had a small brainwave whilst enjoying the heartfelt songs of my (imaginary) road trip playlist – that great photography is a lot like great music.

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Photo of the Week

Celebrating great photography past and present

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London 1952-53, Robert Frank

With the London tube strikes looming, and threatening to throw the City into travel chaos yet again, this week’s Photo of the Week comes courtesy of legendary photographer Robert Frank. Not only does it feature what will to many Londoners, become a common sight tomorrow - the London bus - it is also a beautifully composed and executed photograph.

Before Frank’s groundbreaking road trip across America, from which the famous book The Americans was created, he travelled to a number of locations across Europe and beyond, hitting London in 1951.

Frank captured a moment in time with this shot, a time of growing affluence, when office jobs were booming, and there was an air of assertiveness in the city, which is mirrored in the photo.

The eye is immediately drawn to the figure in the foreground, noticeably darker than the drab grey of the surrounding environment, he stands out as a symbol of power, but possibly also condemnation. He comes across completely in-sync with himself, gliding smoothly through the streets with his cane perfectly in line with his trailing leg.

His crisp white socks and newspaper make it clear that he’s not a manual worker, and he conflicts with the drab mid tones of his surroundings, which reflect the world that he might have come from. 

Frank has perfectly captured a defining moment. Now let’s hope that London might be this quiet during the strike tomorrow.

Ocean View

Surf photography has always been a big thing in the surfing world. Flicking through surf magazines you’ll always be sure to see some amazing shots, giving you a glimpse of rugged landscapes and incredible athletes. Recently this area of photography has really started to inspire me and so I wanted to share some of the best bits I’ve seen lately (not my average shot above).

There was a fantastic portfolio published in Surfer’s Path magazine recently of a Cornish photographer Karl Mackie who uses mainly analog cameras and expired film to create some amazing and unique work such as this Holga shot

In a similar style, another awesome photographer and film maker Romain Juchereau is doing a great job of documenting surf culture in a really individual and interesting way; and on the topic of surf film makers I would strongly urge anyone who appreciates beautiful film making to check out the work of Mickey Smith. Particularly Darkside Of The Lens and Highland Drifting because they’re incredible. As is the work of Chris Burkard - well known and awarded for some of the technically and artistically brilliant shots he takes.

I could go on for ages, but I won’t, so I hope you enjoy.

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Among the millions of blogs on Tumblr, only a small number are contributors of original content: “the world’s creators”
And if you’ve ever looked at Tumblr’s Explore Page you might notice that Photography is oddly absent.
There’s #design, #art, #architecture and even #artists on tumblr — but no mention of anything related to the art of taking pictures with a camera. Even #film is a trap — it’s for movies, not analog photography!
We don’t think this situation is acceptable. So let’s Fight it.
We’d like to ask all original photographers on Tumblr to start putting the #photographers on tumblr tag on every single photo you post.
We also track that tag and reblog the best pictures on our blog.
Photographers deserve more recognition among the Creators on Tumblr. Hopefully, by using this tag we’ll help the entire community of Tumblr photographers get noticed — and maybe one day we will see that tag on the Tumblr Explore page too.
Reblog this post and spread the word.
Sincerely,Lensblr

Sincerely, 
The Photographers Directory
photographersdirectory:

lensblr-network:

Among the millions of blogs on Tumblr, only a small number are contributors of original content: “the world’s creators”
And if you’ve ever looked at Tumblr’s Explore Page you might notice that Photography is oddly absent.
There’s #design, #art, #architecture and even #artists on tumblr — but no mention of anything related to the art of taking pictures with a camera. Even #film is a trap — it’s for movies, not analog photography!
We don’t think this situation is acceptable. So let’s Fight it.
We’d like to ask all original photographers on Tumblr to start putting the #photographers on tumblr tag on every single photo you post.
We also track that tag and reblog the best pictures on our blog.
Photographers deserve more recognition among the Creators on Tumblr. Hopefully, by using this tag we’ll help the entire community of Tumblr photographers get noticed — and maybe one day we will see that tag on the Tumblr Explore page too.
Reblog this post and spread the word.
Sincerely,Lensblr

Sincerely, 
The Photographers Directory

photographersdirectory:

lensblr-network:

Among the millions of blogs on Tumblr, only a small number are contributors of original content: “the world’s creators”

And if you’ve ever looked at Tumblr’s Explore Page you might notice that Photography is oddly absent.

There’s #design, #art, #architecture and even #artists on tumblr — but no mention of anything related to the art of taking pictures with a camera. Even #film is a trap — it’s for movies, not analog photography!

We don’t think this situation is acceptable. So let’s Fight it.

We’d like to ask all original photographers on Tumblr to start putting the #photographers on tumblr tag on every single photo you post.

We also track that tag and reblog the best pictures on our blog.

Photographers deserve more recognition among the Creators on Tumblr. Hopefully, by using this tag we’ll help the entire community of Tumblr photographers get noticed — and maybe one day we will see that tag on the Tumblr Explore page too.

Reblog this post and spread the word.

Sincerely,
Lensblr

Sincerely, 

The Photographers Directory