10 Lifehacks For Staying Motivated and Inspired In Your Photography

Featured Image screenshot from video. All credit to Jessica Whitaker. 

We all remember what it was like when we found our wings in photography when you could actually take a picture based on something you saw in your head and have it come out on the back of the camera. It’s motivating, but just like the actual adrenaline rush you get when you see it, this motivation and inspiration always fade over time.

This is especially the case with professional photographers when you are constantly doing the same things over and over it can be hard to stay motivated about them and inspired to push the envelope. But keeping yourself sharp and always motivated to strive for better is a key for those who want to do more with their photography. So how can one stay inspired and motivated in their work? Continue reading…

Tim Wolcott’s Painterly Landscapes are an Ode to Monet and Others

All images by Timothy Wolcott. Used with permission.

Landscape photographer Timothy Wolcott is a 7th generation photographer. “My grandfather told me how my forefather Alexander Wolcott invented the camera and created the first photo exhibit. I always love history,” Tim tells us in our interview. Indeed, the art has stuck within his family and Tim’s work shines.

 

Born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1965, Tim was exposed to the photographic process at an early age, including time spent in his father’s darkroom at his childhood home. At six, Tim started making his own images and, in high school, honed his photographic interests to include fine art images. Using a ​4×5 Zone VI Camera,​ ​Tim exposed the wind-swept countryside circling his home, winning two Kodak Photography contests.

So when you consider his artistic process and the way his mind works, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

 

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10 Tips on How to Get Your Photography Exhibited

Featured image pulled from video featured below. Credit to Shutterbug and Jordan Matter

When you are getting into photography there are some things that many aspiring photographers dream about accomplishing; for some that something is like getting published in a big name magazine; for others, that something is like having their work exhibited at a gallery. Both are lofty goals, but today we are going to take a look at the latter. Jordan Matter recently teamed up with Shutterbug to put together this great video featuring 10 tips on how to get your photography exhibited, and it offers some great advice!

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Canton Vander Built’s Beautiful Classical Take on Black and White Photography

All images by Canton Vander Built. Used with permission.

Photographer Canton Vander Built describes himself as a photographer who is more interested in light, form, movement, color, perspective, and shutter speed than in any particular genre of photography. To that end, he says that his favorite subjects are those that are present before him at the time. At the other end of the spectrum, CVB’s work explores the boundaries between recognizable imagery and the most minimal aspects of shadow and light that comprise an “image.”

Canton draws influence form Anne W. Brigman, Martin Munkacsi, Seydou Keita, Daido Moriyama, and Francesca Woodman. When he shoots, he’s most likely toting around his Lecia SL with Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f2.8-4. But don’t scoff just yet, because he’s also a fan of the Nikon D810 with Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G and a few other pieces.

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Manuel Sechi Photographs the Silent Gardens of London

All images by Manuel Sechi. Used with permission.

“I initially thought Street Photography was the style I had an aptitude for, so I studied the work of the masters (Bresson, Winogrand, Friedlander, Doisneau, Klein, just to mention some) but after a while I released it doesn’t work for me: street photography pushes me to shoot without thinking too much in the attempt to catch the ‘decisive moment’.” Photographer Manuel Sechi describes to us in an email. “Now I prefer a more thoughtful approach so I started working on cityscapes and abstract photography in urban environment, often using long exposure to make disappear the human presence from my pictures. I love to take pictures outdoors.” These days, Manuel idolizes Josef Koudelka, Robert Frank, Salgado, Meyerowitz, Eggleston, Moriyama and in recent times he fell in love with the work of Michael Kenna.

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Una Salimovic’s Messing With Hay Plays With Silhouettes in Black and White

All images by Una Salimovic. Used with permission.

Photographer Una Salimovic hails from Bosnia and presented to us her special black and white photo project called “Messing with Hay.” The project showcases and plays with shapes, tones, and people as they go about working with hay to maintain a village stable.

Check out the series and words from Una after the jump.

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Dan Grove: Photographic Perfection in the Reimagination of the Mundane

All images and text from Dan Grove. Used with permission.

Hi! I’m Dan – I’m 19 and from Gloucester in the UK. I’ve just finished my Photography A2 course and I’ll be setting up my exhibition for it at school soon! I shoot with a Canon 60D and 18-135mm STM or occasionally my iPhone for quick snaps.

My photography is all about reimagining the mundane – the bit of England I live in is reaaalllly dull so taking decent photos can be quite a challenge at times. I love to notice the things that other people might miss and I’m always looking to get the shot that makes people look twice or wonder how/where I’ve taken it. I tend to switch across a few different styles in my work – I either shoot bold and clean architectural stuff or gritty, documentary-style street work when I’m out and about. I’ve also spent some time in the studio at school as part of my A Level course.

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Irving Penn: The Creation of an Iconic Photographer

Irving Penn paved the way for modern photography by seamlessly crossing borders between high fashion and fine art. During the course of his career, Penn produced images that would grace the covers of Vogue while simultaneously appearing on the walls of galleries. As one of the most influential photographers of his time, he earned respect among the elite and established members of both the fashion and art worlds.

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