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The Best Photo Books of 2012

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The year is coming to a close. And the holiday season is in full swing. Time for that special gift for that special someone. Or perhaps for yourself. If you are not sure what to get this year, keeping in mind that some even believe this will be our last year…ever, this might be a good time for that special gift. Photo-Eye Magazine has published The Best Books of 2012. A selection of books chosen by a large group of experts, editors and photographers. Among them Martin Parr, Erik Kessels, Todd Hido and Alec Soth.

Find the list here!

 

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Today is a memorable day for me: Article number 100!

What started as a passion project, to share my passion of photography, has developed into a blog with many visitors. Just shy of 20.000. And from all around the world. I’d like to thank all you photography enthusiasts for coming to PforPHOTO!

I started this blog to see how it would turn out. And seeing that many others are intereseted in the art of photography I am planning to keep on going. I would also like to use this moment to ask for your input. If anyone has anything that they would like to see on PforPHOTO please let me know! I’m also looking for guest bloggers to create posts for PforPHOTO. So if you have a keen eye for wonderful photography and know how to write about it, please let me know. You can email me or just leave a comment.

Again thank you and I hope to see you again on PforPHOTO! 🙂

Cue the tune for Jaws

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Los Angeles based photographer Michael Muller is a big fan of the outdoors. And being a photographer with a great knowledge of lighting techniques he shot some extraordinary photos. Timeless as he puts it. We’ve all seen photographs or footage of the great white shark. But all shot with available light. Michael Muller went out there to shoot this majestic animal with strobes. And the resulting images are just amazing. Visit his website to see more of the photos Michael took of sharks. And other wild life. Below you’ll also find an inspirational video of Michael Muller talking about his work at the Luminance 2012 conference.

Michael Muller’s website: www.mullerphoto.com

Femke’s World

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Femke van Veen’s project 365 was featured earlier on PforPHOTO. Last month her 365 blog has reached over 10.000 visitors. On behalf of PforPHOTO I would like to congratulate Femke on this milestone! The project is still ongoing since the 365 days haven’t been reached. So many more wonderful photographs to come.  Please check it out if you can find the time. Femke really has a creative mind and knows how to transfer her ideas and experiences into wonderful photographs. Below both the link to her portfolio website and her blog.

365 blog: femkevanveen.blogspot.nl

Femke’s website: www.femkevanveen.com

The Art of Plate Photography

 

I Like the Way You Move

Nudes have always been and always will be an inspiration for artists. The photographs by Shinichi Maruyama shows us nudes in a totally new and abstract way. Pablo Picasso tried to show us faces from different angles in one painting. His cubism showed us an abstraction of time and place. Maruyama shows us a figure in different movements and from different sides, all at the same time, in what single shot. The figure on the image, which is formed into something similar to a sculpture, is created by combining 10,000 individual images of a dancer. This gives us a gracefulness of a moving, perhaps dancing figure. Nudes that have almost become fluid. In this series Nude Maruyama continues an ongoing body of work of gracefulness in movement. Before this it was paint and water, now the human figure. He might have stumbled upon a new style that we could call Fluidsism. But new style or not, the photographs are wonderful and make for something quite unique.

Shinichi Maruyama’s website: www.shinichimaruyama.com

The Road to the Olympics 2014

One way to cover an event is to do it with a bunch of photographers and film crews at the moment it all goes down. Typically this is called journalism. Another way to tell the story is not to tell what is happening, but more why it’s happening. Slow journalism. Dutch photographer Rob Hornstra and writer/filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen are currently working on a series in Sochi, Russia. To cover the events leading up to the Olympic games in 2014. The whole town of Sochi will change in many ways. This is their subject. You can follow their project on www.thesochiproject.org.

Rob Hornstra’s website: www.borotov.nl

A Slice Of Day

Henri Cartier-Bresson said; “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”  And this goes also for the black and white photographs by Dutch photographer Job Jonathan Schlingemann. He too tries to find the significance of an event. That moment of the day in which something special happens. What that is? Who knows. All he tries to capture is the emotion that clarifies that intersection of time, light and scene into one single photograph. To quote Job Jonathan Schlingemann:

In my work I am looking for subtle moments of beauty in everyday life. Ordinary occurrences that by play of light and manner of perception for ta brief time create something extra-ordinary. A photograph works for me if subject, light and surroundings merge in perfect harmony to form one whole and triggering one single emotion. 

The combination of the black and white, the long shadows and those wonderful compositions does make for an intriguing series. He manages to show us the ordinary in an extraordinary way. I truly feel what he is set out to do. Capturing the beauty in everyday life.

Job Jonathan Schlingemann’s website: www.splinter.tv

The Contrast in Being

The following series reminded me of a line from the song Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z: “…concrete jungle where dreams are made of…”. But this concrete jungle seems to overtake and isolate it’s creator. Let alone its dreams. The human beings stuck in between the dream and the reality. This wonderful photo series shot by Dutch photographer Job Jonathan Schlingemann gives us a glimpse into this contradicting world.  A world between beautiful geometrical shapes of the sky scraping buildings and the tiny, seemingly insignificant but nonetheless driven, people who walk among them. The artist is fascinated by the contrasts he sees:

I am fascinated by this business districts with all its concrete and geometric shapes and in between those huge buildings, the human being. This human being seems driven by a purpose; his function in this world. He seems isolated. The contrast between those two sometimes seems almost poetic.

The photographs are beautifully lit. The photographer really knows how to find that perfect moment to share his fascination. The light and the colors are just marvelous.

Job Jonathan Schlingemann’s website: www.splinter.tv

The World is Black and White

One way to approach photography could be using the Zone-System invented by Ansel Adams. When using this system one makes sure that the intended dynamic range is well-lit in your photograph. By using initially 10 steps from black to white the contrast of the image will look natural and all intended will be visible. A famous photograph of Adams was that of a small town shot by night, lit only by the moon.

Of course Ansel Adams’ work is wonderful and unique in its kind but it leaves not much to the imagination. But by blacking out areas in a photo, you can create a story and a tension that can only be filled in by the viewer. And that is exactly what Gabrielle Croppi did in his series Metaphysics of an Urban Landscape. In a way Gabrielle uses a 3 zone system. Using only black, gray and white he composes images with a high contrast. Images which are very open for interpretation. His high contrast photographs makes the usual suspects when it comes to recognizable landmarks into something that could have come straight out of a Hollywood film. Scenes loaded with drama. Scenes that reminds me of the works by the great American painter Edward Hopper.

Gabriel Croppi’s website: www.gabrielecroppi.com

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