Wow, is it December already? Another year went by so quickly, it’s almost unreal. In retrospective, 2013 was a great year for The Phoblographer. We saw a couple of great new additions to our staff, while unfortunately we had to let go of others. But first and foremost, we saw our visitor numbers on the site as well as our facebook following grow exponentially, and for that we’re super thankful to you, our readers. Because without you, this site wouldn’t be what it is. And without you, what we do here at The Phoblographer wouldn’t have any meaning. So let’s take a look back at our ten most popular posts of 2013, which were in part responsible for our great visitor numbers this year. And if you haven’t already read them all, then we recommend you grab a cup of coffe, lean back, and enjoy!
All photos by Adrian Klein. Used with permission
Adrian Klein is a photographer hailing from the Pacific Northwest of the USA. His love affair with nature spurred on a love of photography early on when he first shot an image with a Kodak 1MP camera. Now he is not only a landscape photographer, but also a portrait/wedding shooter. He first started out in P (for professional) mode and then moved into working with all of the more advanced modes.
But like everyone that wants to progress, he eventually turned his photography into something more.
2013 is nearly over and we’ve seen a slew of new products this year. Some may even say that this year is the one that the Photo Industry came back to full swing since the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. And for that, I think that we all have something to be thankful for. What it means in the end for the consumer is that we end up getting better products due to stronger competition.
And this year, much of what the big two have offered did not make our compilation of Editor’s Choice Award products.
All images by Danny Schaefer. Used with permission
Danny Schaefer, more than many other current young street photographers out there, is someone that we consider to be a well kept secret of a shooter. When I met Danny earlier this year on a photo walk with Eric Kim, I discovered a very humble, smart, and artistic man that would soon be leaving the New York area to go all the way to the west coast. We’ve chatted a bit since until he recently showed off his latest portfolio of work to me on Facebook.
Danny possesses a special skill that is tough for others to attain: he can not only capture excellent images but also carefully select and curate them for a portfolio that he keeps on Tumblr. And did we mention he is only 20 years old? Not many people have this much clarity at an age like that. In fact, Danny is now the West Coast Social Media Consultant for Leica.
Daniel Sawyer Schaefer is a photographer and cinematographer, born and raised in Los Angeles surrounded by a family of writers and filmmakers. His interest in photography began while documenting live theater and moved to street photography, documentary, and portraiture, where his drive to create images that capture narrative naturally unfolded. Featured at 18 by the LA times Framework photoblog, now twenty, Schaefer has studied in New York City at Parsons school of design, and now SACI Florence as the recipient of the International Consortium Scholarship. Schaefer works as a freelance photographer and cinematographer, studio lighting specialist, on top of being the social media consultant for Leica Los Angeles.
Danny had the time to answer a couple of questions about street photography and about having a vision.
All images by George Pantoulas. Used with permission.
George Pantoulas is a photography enthusiast that has been a Creative Art Director, designer and illustrator for much of his professional career. He recently finished a project called, “Walking London” featuring lots of stylized street photography shot in the streets of England’s capital. The images look a bit something like what Daido Moriyama might have done in his early stages; and the series has been in fact recently featured in a gallery in Greece.
The images, when internalized, portray a gritty sense of the city combined with interesting geometry and emotions from the photographer that are clearly conveyed in the framing and distance to the subjects. We chatted a bit with George about the series and about what makes for a great street photo.