John Dykstra: Developing a Dark and Expressive Creative Vision


All images by John Dykstra. Used with permission.

“When I finally picked up photography, I knew well my intentions to be an artist, and that if I were to ever get into photography, I would never be doing commercial or documentary work: the aim was to develop the craft into my own artistic ambitions.” says photographer John Dykstra about his photography. “What I didn’t know was how quickly my love for photography would develop.” Earlier on this year, I found John’s work on Reddit and talked to him about the series that you see here. It isn’t complete, but he’s been working on it and it’s developed into one that touches on how people see the world around them.


John started out in the creative world drawing and then got into photography. And as he explains, it’s not a simple art form to master.

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New Report Points to Photokina Announcement For Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art Lens

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Could this finally be the year? The year we get what has become Sigma fan’s unicorn, an 85mm F/1.4 Art lens? A new report from Canon Rumors pegs the long requested lens for an announcement at Photokina later this year–a move that would no doubt send the greater DSLR community into a frenzy.

But this is not the first time that we have heard of an 85mm F/1.4 art lens, so could this just be another false start? It’s always possible when dealing with potential announcements, but in this case the signs seem to point to this actually happening this year. One of the biggest excuses that Sigma always gave in regards to why they had not done an 85mm Art lens was that they already had a great 85mm lens. By all accounts it was/is a great lens too, but it just had the unfortunate problem of having been released just before the Global Vision changes and the introduction of the Art series.

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Zlatko Vickovic: On the Specific Use of Color in a Photo

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All images by Zlatko Vickovic. Used with permission.

Color is an element of photography that can be distracting or used effective: just ask Zlatko Vickovic. “And I think that all serious photography must carry some meaning or it is just colorful tapestry.” he states. “If you shot color, it must not be for the sake of it only.” Zlatko’s creative vision stems from Bresson and his studies of various photographers have greatly influenced the scenes he captures that many folks otherwise just wouldn’t care for.

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An Argument for Photographers to Specialize

Pro Tip: We recommend that you communicate with the person that you're photographing first to get insight as to what they want. Some headshots are more corporate oriented while others are for comp cards, actor profiles, and dating websites.

Despite what a few folks may say on the web whilst contracting themselves, the absolute smartest thing that a Photographer can do is specialize. Just because many photographers don’t want to, doesn’t mean that it’s not the best thing to do and that they necessarily have to. But if Photographers really care about the way that they’re perceived online and potentially want to make income from their work, then there are extremely valid reasons why.

Part of this, has to specifically do with the nomenclature used in this article.

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Are You Actually Into Photography? An Argument Against Pixel Peeping

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“I really like photography” is a statement that you probably hear from a lot of people. Depending on who the person is, what that statement means can vary greatly. It can be about “photography” which means literally just taking “pics” of stuff; which isn’t really what we’re talking about here. It can also be about looking at images as a whole and having a genuine appreciation for the moment or what the little slice of life actually represents.

Then there are the people who like to pixel peep every image that they see.

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Love: Exploring A Relationship in Monochrome

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“I wanted to show the relationship dynamic of a blue collar man and his white collar girl.” says photographer Nathan Hostetter when he emailed La Noir Image to showcase his project. This relationship isn’t a typical one though.

“The male subject comes from the working class and is adjusting to his new upscale life, and the woman is used to getting her way. The series reflects on the man alone, and the thoughts and emotions of two people that love each other, even if they don’t always understand one another.”

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Ed Fetahovic: Abstract Black and White Street Photography


All images by Ed Fetahovic. Used with permission.

“I’m predominantly an abstract urban landscape photographer and sideline street photographer and am wondering if theres anything interesting on my website that you guys would like to feature.” says photographer Ed Fetahovic in an email to the Phoblographer.

Ed describes his approach to the medium as one of modernist art. He doesn’t only shoot black and white, but some of his strongest work is monochrome. If you consider his thought process, it makes sense. “I think people interact with geometric shapes and negative spaces on a deep and ethereal space beyond their conscious limitation which pushes me to bring more and more abstract urbanist photos to view.” says Ed about his work.

For Ed, photography is an artistic release.

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The Street Photography of C. Stephen Hurst

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All images by C. Stephen Hurst. Used with permission.

If you think about some of the best places for street photography, New York City automatically comes up on the list. For years now C. Stephen Hurst has been shooting street. Besides his wedding photography, you can probably argue that his best work is done on the streets or in public. His fashion on the subway work was extremely popular with readers, and it’s a post that I still go back to look at in earnest.

But more than that, Stephen finds ways to document NYC in its most raw, real format and pays attention to the things that most others just walk past.

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