Having other people forge a path ahead of us, showing us what’s possible and inspiring us to try to do the same, is something I find greatly valuable. Not just with photography, but with life in general.
So here are three people who have inspired me in recent times, and why.
Please check them out, they might inspire you and your photography too.
Wouter Brandsma – https://wouter28mm.wordpress.com/
I discovered Wouter whilst looking for reviews of Ricoh compact digital cameras, and he was a significant factor in why I bought a GRD III and a GX100. Both are fantastic cameras, and Wouter showed what was possible with them.
Following this, over the next few months I went back to the start and began reading through every post of his blog. Wouter’s words are often as interesting and thought provoking as his photographs, and the conversations that ensue in his comments section are the kind I aspire to have (and do have, thanks to you!) here on 35hunter.
In more recent times (I would say from 2016 onwards) Wouter seems to have used a smartphone almost exclusively, yet his style and the power of his photography hasn’t missed a beat.
This has encouraged me to try finding ways to slim down my photography arsenal even further and consider whether I might make pleasing photographs with nothing more than the phonecamera in my pocket and a couple of apps.
Christos Theofilogiannakos – https://www.flickr.com/photos/deafburglar/
I found Christos on Flickr years ago, then soon after by chance bought a camera from him on eBay without initially realising it was the same person.
When I was in the midst of film camera explorations, it seemed that every time I found a new camera and wondered what it was capable of, Christos had got there first and made a beautiful image with one.
He has a magic touch, and like any great photographer (in my view), his work is easy to distinguish amongst a sea of others, even though he’s used hundreds of different cameras.
Christos is also hugely knowledgable about the technique of photography and a vast breadth of different cameras and lenses, which he shares in the description and comments of his Flickr images. I’ve learned plenty of the years.
I would recommend Christos and his expansive Flickr archive especially if you’re curious about film photography can look like, and which camera to start with.
Anthony Ongaro – https://www.breakthetwitch.com/
Anthony is a much more recent discovery for me, and he’s not known primarily as a photographer.
But his writing at Break The Twitch about making conscious choices about what we do and why we do it, rather than going through life on autopilot, has got me right back on the simplicity track.
Some six or seven years ago I followed many of the leading lights of the simplicity and minimalist movement and absorbed many of their philosophies and practical techniques into my own life.
Antony for me is one of the most straightforward and direct. His ideas like “lifestyle experiments” seem to tap into what I’ve already been doing. They just help me hone and sharpen them a little further.
This extends to many parts of life, and certainly my photography where I continue to streamline and simplify, photograph with purpose, and get to the essence of what really matters.
I hope you gain something from one or all of the inspiring individuals. Please let us know in the comments below, and feel free to share your own recent inspirations.
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