I decided to check up with one of my favorite photographers Matthias to see what he has been up to. The above are some of his favorites from the recent Reflexionen/Reflexiones series shot in Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam, and Hamburg. I asked him a few questions that he was kind enough to answer:
Where are you from?
I just moved from Berlin to Hamburg.
How did you get into photography?
In 2008, I was 26 then, I bought my first camera, this was shortly after I had moved to Berlin to write my thesis in computational linguistics. Photography has never been of great interest to me before that point, but I quickly became obsessed photographing Berlin’s architecture. I’m completely self-taught and I’m still learning new things about photography on a daily basis.
Who/what inspires you?
Mainly the work of other visual artists, for example Franco Fontana, Josef Schulz, Ward Roberts, Matthias Hoch.
Do you have any other passions/hobbies besides awesome photography?
I’m a hobby musician and I’m DJing from time to time. I also enjoy hiking and riding my bike.
Do you have a favorite city to explore?
There are too many to mention and there are so many cities I haven’t been to so far. I really enjoy exploring, so maybe it’s not too important which city it is. But well, I guess it’s not a secret I like Berlin a lot…
Is there a specific place that you would love to photograph in the future?
A roadtrip through Japan would be great.
Any albums or artists on repeat?
Currently on repeat: Morgan Delt, Group Rhoda, PVT, Raime, E.R.P. / Convextion
Love this track from Young Summer
Post by Pope Saint Victor.
Yosemite HD II from Project Yosemite on Vimeo.
Photographers Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill have created an absolutely stunning piece of time lapse photography of Yosemite National Park. I’m always a sucker for these kind of videos because you can get an idea of how nature works and they’re beautiful. Colin and Sheldon worked for two years together to create this piece and trekked over 200 plus miles of rugged, burly terrain in the High Sierras of Yosemite National Park. It’s projects like these that keep me inspired to keep trekking outdoors.
Check out the website for Project Yosemite and from there you can get an in depth break down of frequently asked questions and gear used to create this video:
Here’s a nice change of pace for this blog… wildlife photography! These are not your run of the mill animal mug shots. These, in my opinion, are quite special as photographer Nick Brandt is able to connect with his animal subjects on a level I’ve never quite seen before in wildlife photography. I have a hard enough time getting small dogs to love me so I couldn’t imagine being that intimate with a lion. Nick uses a Pentax 6×7 medium format camera and, if I were to guess, uses a 300-400 mm lens for some of his images. In 6×7 format, that’s roughly the equivalent of 150-200mm. Check out his book On This Earth, A Shadow Falls in person. Then you’ll get a sense of the true quality put into the images. He’s able to achieve a depth of field that I can’t quite figure out on few of the pictures. Maybe he utilizes the old vaseline on a lens method?
Hopefully these images will make those who are locked down in winter-freeze mode feel a little warmer. Spring is right around the corner folks.
Check out Mr. Brandt’s work on his website: http://www.nickbrandt.com
Sifting through Rüdiger Nehmzow’s work I find it refreshing, its his clean approach to the coloring keeps him from being trendy. It rides that thin line of just being commercial but this calmness sneaks in and adds this inviting creative touch.
Photographer: David Ryle
Art Director: Gem Fletcher
Prop Builder: Studio Boo
Just in time to remind you there’s no snow in Tahoe this year, it’s Capa in Color. Above are some selections from Robert Capa’s postwar photography of Europena alpine resorts.
More photos from Capa in Color
If you are in the Chicago area, make sure to stop by the Schneider Gallery for blog favorite Reuben Wu’s latest exhibition titled Distant Suns. Opening reception night is this Friday, January 10th, and will run through March 1st 2014, alongside Lynn Saville.
Some words from the gallery on Reuben’s work:
Somewhere between 1970s concept album art, expeditionary imagery, and Surrealist painting is where Reuben Wu’s photographs steadfastly sit. His are pictures made in the real world, however, through collapsing time and merging processes, the real is transformed into the surreal, evoking a response simultaneously familiar and foreign. The photographs amplify the strangeness of place and speak to Wu’s individual experience within it.
230 West Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Christmas in America: Happy Birthday Jesus is an on going photo project by photographer Jesse Rieser. This project of Jesse’s has to be one of my all time favorite projects because deep, deep down I am a Christmas fanatic (I’ll just never show it). This series captures a wide array of Christmas traditions across America. Everything from families who seem to never have enough Christmas decorations for their front lawn to an obscure gas station’s simple approach to the holiday season you would never bat an eye at. My favorite is the first image because I’m a sucker for weird, slightly dilapidated, isolated Americana imagery.
Check out the rest of Jesse’s series here: Jesse Rieser: Christmas in America.
Happy Holidays to all of our readers! We wish you a safe and joyful holiday season!