TAOP: Photographer Research – Podcasts and Nevada Weir
January 4, 2012
So on Monday evening I decided to Google for some photography-related podcasts to listen to in the car and to watch at home. I was most interested in podcasts about photographers – so I could look for inspiration and expand my horizons in terms of understanding what I like, why and what I don’t like.
I listened to the first audio podcast I found – The Candid Frame – on Tuesday morning on the way to work. The podcast features conversations with established photographers about their work and the photography ‘industry’ as a whole. The first one I listened to featured Nevada Wier, a travel photographer specialising in the remote corners of the world.
It was a fascinating interview and started with a discussion about her beginning with large format, black-and-white photography and then her transition to colour. It seemed particular relevant to the current part of the course I’m on. She talked about how shooting in black-and-white taught her to identify the contrast and ‘skeleton’ of an image – before then looking at how colour worked in the image.
Another point of interest was talking about avoiding simply ‘documenting’ places as a travel photographer. The temptation is to simply ‘shoot what’s there’, but she’s taught herself to look for something unique and artistic in the locations she visits.
I’ve taken a look at the images on her main site and on her blog and there are some beautiful images. The seventh image on her ‘color’ page struck me as a really nice, subtle, use of colour. It’s almost monochrome except for the slight tint of beige on the fur and then the red and blue clothing (and red and yellow hat). Compositionally it’s set up along the rule of thirds, using diagonal and horizontal lines to guide the eye from the cracked wall on right foreground of the frame towards the figure walking away from camera. It’s a simple but effective image.
At the end Nevada Wier makes recommendations on a couple of photographers to look at, particularly for being ‘masters’ of high contrast colour photography, so I’m going to check them out in the future – they are David Alan Harvey and Alex Webb.