My attempts at shooting in RAW this weekend failed (due to having to reformat card, and the camera being old and broken) and as I have to hand the dSLR back to my department this week I’m not sure I’m going to get another chance to play with it before then. So instead of sharing with you my work I thought I’d have a quick chat about the photographers that inspire me.
I have four particular favourites which I wanted to show you, but they are by no means exclusive. Photography, like art and beauty, is subjective, so what I like and find inspiring may not appeal to everyone, but I hope some of these appeal to you! If one day my work is half as good as any of these below, I shall be a very happy snapper! I have a long way to go…
I first became aware of Peter Lik whilst travelling. I found a gallery of his in Noosa, Australia (he is Australian by birth but has now relocated to the States) and I liked what I saw. Imagine my surprise then when I hit Vegas and found he has a number of permanent galleries there (Forum Shops, Venetian Shops, Mandalay Bay) and after having a really good look at his work I fell in love with it.
Not only are his landscapes stunning (especially those of the prairies with storms) and his images of the canyons just beautiful (like the one above), the way he displays his work is fairly unique – backlit images that bring out the best in these photos. I confess, as soon as I have enough money I fully intend to purchase at least one of his works.
Another Australian photographer based primarily on the East Coast (north New South Wales), Drew Hopper’s images really bring out the natural beauty of the country and ocean he is photographing. The above image is one of my favourites – stunning natural light used to the best effect. The rainforests of that area are some of my favourite places in the world and he really does them justice.
His work is all about nature, showing it off to its best advantage but without over-processing the images. I’m loathe to use the word ‘simple’ to describe them, as that might undermine the amazing work he does, but they are in a way. Nature does the talking – Drew provides a stunning window into its world.
I adore Philip Perold’s work on oceans and sunsets. A South African this time (I think I have a thing for southern hemisphere men!), his images of beaches and waves are just sublime. Going more for the long-exposure work, his images are bright, beautiful, and also surreal with a dreamlike quality to them.
He is a real inspiration for my work as I have a fascination with the ocean and the possibilities that filters and long-exposure can bring to an image.
Last but certainly not least is Nate Zeman, an American wildlife photographer whose work is in a word: incredible. The shots he manages to get of foxes, bears and other North American wildlife speak volumes to his dedication and patience. I love his compositions – especially the one above. The white of the snow contrasts so amazingly with beautiful red of the fox and the blue of the sky. It’s definitely one of my favourite photographs in the world.
And his landscapes aren’t half-bad either 😉
I’ve provided links to all their official websites (Hopper, Perold and Zeman are also on DeviantArt) so I really really encourage you to check out their work. Don’t take my word for it – see for yourself how amazing they are!