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I've been meaning to write the 2nd part of my Photographer Bookmark series for a while now and having just read an interview in OnLandscape Magazine with one particular photographer who was on my list to feature I thought now was as good a time as any.
Lee Acaster (http://www.leeacaster.com)
I'm actually really happy that Lee was featured in the latest OnLandscape magazine as not only was it a really enjoyable read, but it also reminded me to spend time browsing through his portfolio on his website. A very enjoyable 2 hours later I'm ready to write this post.
Lee's work has been an ongoing inspiration for myself for a number of years, and while he puts down part of his success in multiple competitions to luck, I'd argue that his ability to create that something special and indeed different from arguably an ordinary scene plays a huge part. I take this image as a perfect example of this. Many of us would simply walk on by without a second glance, and even if we had spotted potential, struggle to finish with an image of such intricate beauty.
Seemingly at home both by the coast or in the woods, his work with Infrared adds an extra beautiful dimension to his portfolio. I've seen a lot of IR work over the past 6 months and it would seem (a bit like long exposure) is overused in situations not particularly suited, ultimately resulting in a weaker image. Lee however seems to pick and choose his IR to subjects and scenes carefully and this results in a beautiful, almost haunting, series of images.
Mark Littlejohn (http://markljphotography.co.uk)
Now I need to be very careful when choosing what to write over these next few lines. You see I could quite easily get carried away and it may read as some kind of weird love letter to Mark.
Unlike many, I wasn't initially made aware of Mark's work through his winning LPotY (2014) image, but rather through his daily 'this mornings phone shot' typically taken on his commute to/from work on the Ullswater Steamers. Proof, if any was needed, that hardware is irrelevant when you have the vision.
By the way Mark if you ever produce a book using your phone images I think it should be called "This Mornings Phone Shot"
I think we all strive, as photographers, to be recognised as having a certain style and Marks is unmistakably recognisable. I think I recently commented on one of his images that I was transported back to sitting in my Nan's lounge, glass of sarsaparilla in hand, dreaming of wandering through the woodland scene she had hanging on her wall above the sofa. Images should make you stop and let you eye wander through the scene and his quite regularly do.
Interestingly, on his website, two of my favourite images are actually not of a landscape, but rather The Farrier and The Summer House - his unmistakable style shining through it would seem irrespective of subject. (you will have to head over to his portfolio to check those out).
Recently, planning for his 2017 workshops, he posted an image from The Pyrenees which literally stopped me in my tracks (or whatever the equivalent stopping ones endless scrolling on the iPhone would be) . This image, along with a few others posted from that trip has myself (as I'm sure a lot of others) looking forward to seeing more of his work from this region next year.
Two fantastic photographers which I hope you will take the time to check out.