Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Anne Brigman

Anne Brigman was an American photographer born in Hawaii on the 3rd of December 1869. At the age of sixteen, her family moved to Los Gatos, California, and nothing is known about why they moved or what they did after arriving in California. In 1894 she married a sea captain, Martin Brigman. She accompanied her husband on…

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…

The modern obsession with being a specialist in photography

When asked what sort of photography we enjoy or do, many of us in photography tend to want to narrow the field. The automatic answer is either portrait photographer, landscape photographer or street photographer etc.... This is all well and good, but the tendency with all of us is that when we find what we…

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 – 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…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Ruth Orkin

Ruth Orkin was an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker. She grew up in Hollywood in the heyday of the 1920s and 1930s. At the age of 10, she received her first camera, a 39 cent Univex. She began by photographing her friends and teachers at school. At 17 years old she took a monumental bicycle trip…