Monday’s photography Inspiration – Frances Benjamin Johnston

Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952) was born during the American Civil War. Her  career as a photographer began with portrait, news, and documentary work then turned to a focus on contemporary architecture and gardens, culminating in a survey of historic buildings in the southern United States. In the 1880s, Johnston studied art in Paris and then…

Mondays’s Photography Inspiration – Mathew B. BRADY

Mathew B. Brady was a well-known 19th-century American photographer who was celebrated for his portraits of politicians and his photographs of the American Civil War. Brady came to New York City at age sixteen; by age seventeen he became a student of photography. After training with the artist William Page and the artist and inventor Samuel F.B. Morse, Brady…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Auguste and Louis Lumiere

As sons of a photographic equipment manufacturer and supplier, Auguste and Louis were constantly surrounded by photography and art and developed an intelligence for technology at an early age. Born in Besançon, France, Auguste (born October 19, 1862) and Louis (born October 5, 1864) moved to Lyon, France in 1870 and attended La Martiniere, the…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Clarence H. White

A self-taught photographer from rural Ohio, Clarence H. White first became famous for his delicate, idealised images of rural family life. He was also known for his subtle portraits of women and children and also as an influential teacher of photography. White had from his early years an appetite for artistic and intellectual pursuits. After finishing high school in Newark, Ohio,…

The magic of unpredictability in photography

As far as I could remember, I've had everything planned. From what I studied, where I would go to school and so on............... The only problem was that life gave me a rude awakening and taught me that things don't always go according to plan. It took me a long time to admit this. For…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Eduard Spelterini

Eduard Spelterini was a Swiss pioneer of ballooning and of aerial photography. Spelterini was very talented musically and had such a beautiful voice that he enrolled at the Paris Conservatorium for three years of singing tuition, where he was one of the top students. Then he fell ill with Tuberculosis and the young man was…

Are you telling your story through your photography?

"When forced to work within a strict framework, the imagination is taxed to its utmost and will produce its richest ideas" - T.S.Eliot     Choices, choices... We are overrun with choices. The choice of camera, which lens to use, which camera is the best at this and that and we forget the fundamentals of…