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Top 5 – Routine
Stephen Shore is known as one of the first photographers to capture everyday scenes. By doing this he is able to make us think about the world in a different way. We often take for granted our immediate surroundings. I have often discussed with friends how nice it would be to live beside a lake but really if you are beside or look at that scenery every day – do you forget what a magical place it is? It’s so easy to walk on the same road everyday and pass by the same scenery that we forget and don’t look.
That’s why when we travel we get inspired and shoot! But if we want then photography can give us a great opportunity to take the obvious things we already know, freeze it and make a deeper sense of seeing. We can create our own stories.
It is easy to excuse yourself to not photograph by saying you do not have enough time. By including your routine into you photography life, you can create some interesting and personal images allowing the viewer to get to know you.
That’s one way to get you to start that blog!
Here we go!
1. Bob Mazzers – Underground
“Every day I travelled to King’s Cross and back. Coming home late at night, it was like a party and I felt like the tube was mine and I was there to take the pictures.” – Bob Mazzer. He used his own perspective over 40 years commuting to work and using a Leica M4 rangefinder camera.
Taking the tube in London (the city where LIoP is based) is common place for visitors and commuters and it’s a bit like Marmite you love it or hate it but Bob Mazzers captures the Underground with humour and humanity. The graininess and colour of his images are superb and he just gets some very special moments. With this extensive body of images he has curated a show where he exhibited in Howard Griffin Gallery London and you can find a carefully selected book of his work.
2. Rinko Kawauchi – Utatane
Rinko Kawauchi is a Japanese photographer who really started to be known in 2001. It is not just her fantastic images of the everyday- but the way she is able to create juxtaposition in her books. She leads your on a wonderful journey in her books. One image running into the other. Beautfiul compositions captured by her Rolliflex- her camera of choice when she photographed Utatane. She has a softness in her images, pastel colours, a routine or things we may take for granted like a wasp dead upside down on a window sill. Such beauty in the image. An image of a sewing machine. Again the colours and softness just make it meditative and thing of beauty.
3. Niki Boon – Family life
Niki Boon is a former physiotherapist, mother and a self taught photographer She lives with her family in on a farm in New Zealand. She photographs in a hard contrast black and white -her family and their story living wild and free. This shows us the childhood freedoms and adventures that we all want to have had and beauty of photographing those who you love and are close to you. With time they don’t even notice you taking pictures. Her children are unschooled and they live without tv or gadgets. They truly are living in nature and she is capturing this rawness. The images are really stunning.
4. Jessica Todd Harper – Self Portraits
She has been nominated by “O”Oprah and PDN plus shortlisted by NY Photo festival and won first place in the Lucie Award. You can see from her images that her inspiration has been taken from paintings and in her bio she as a young girl used to make sketches of Whistler and Vermeer for example. The environment is very important in her images along with psychological portraits.
5. Elinor Carucci – Relaxing
“Thecamera is a way to get close, and to break free. It is a testimony to independence as well as a new way to relate to my family. My work is a documentation of closeness, as well as a need to establish a boundary, a certain distance between them and myself, in a detached and related way.”
Carucci uses the camera is such an amazing way to be in touch with her family, her emotions, to understand her life and her connection with people. She used it understand a crisis that was happening with her relationship with her husband which then allowed her to reconnect with her husband as through the images he was able to say so much without speaking. As a professional belly dancer for over ten years , she wanted to take images of herself dancing but also understand. She never stayed in one place for long but understood scenes and people that were intense. She collaborated with her husband who then photographed her dancing. She says she shows universal intimacy rather than intimacy.