This week I’m starting another weekly column here at Digital Photography School – Photoblog of the Week. Photoblogs are a wonderful source of inspiration for photographic ideas and techniques – I’ve subscribed to many of them off and on over the past few years and though it would be a good idea to feature a few good ones. Each week I’ll feature a different photoblog with an image or two and asking them a couple of questions about their photography.
Some of those featured work exclusively in Digital – others use Film – but all could teach us a thing or two about photographic technique.
This week’s Photoblog of the Week is Terror Kitten – the photoblog of Phil Bebbington. Here’s one of the shots that Phil submitted:
What Camera Kit do You Use?
It’s difficult to be brief but here you have it….and in no particular order.
Nikon F4, Nikon F5, Leica M2, Hasselblad SWC/M, Hasselblad 500C/M, Holga, Diana, Polaroid SX-70, Polaroid 101 Land Camera, Rolleicord TLR.
I have probably forgotten stuff. I never use a tripod unless it’s night, I know I should but I prefer to be mobile.
I usually shoot with a standard lens or as wide as possible.
I have been taking photographs since about 1976 and all that time was 35mm it is only in the last 6 months that I have embraced medium format and in particular 6 X 6. So I would say over the past 6 months 99% of my work has been with the 2 Hasselblads and the Holga and my favorite is the Hasselblad SWC/M with it’s super wide and super sharp lens…I love it, but the Holga is always with me.
What Photography Tip Can You Share with DPS Readers?
I guess the one thing that liberated me a few years ago from what I saw then as boring photographs was the realization that I needed to get in close. I was wandering through places and out the other side saying no shots there! Then I decided I needed to make major changes so armed with a wide lens I started stopping and looking…looking close, looking for the texture and the colour that exists in everything around us from rusting metal to peeling paint to plain shadows.
Only when I started seeing the beauty in the detail did everything fall into place. Then when I stepped back those places were no longer boring. So stop and look…get in close….find the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Check out Phil’s photoblog – Terror Kitten. Here’s one more of his shots for a little more inspiration.