For photographers, the winter months may signal less time in the field. As the light levels dwindle to only a few hours per day, getting to the right place at the right time becomes more difficult. It perhaps seems obvious, however for some this just isn't the case. For Michael Streckbein, the night time offers a fascinating world of shadows and gloom to be captured by his trusted camera.
In his second series of shots, Nightland II, Streckbein has taken his lens to deserted city scenes during the little hours when all the mystery of the dark comes out to play. Utilising silhouettes and lighting to contrast against the grainy and often abstract depth of the night, the photographs examine a sensual and quiet world at rest.
When lighting isn't an issue and all the vibrancy of day can be given its place on the image, getting out the colour and interesting shapes offers a way to creating unique and exciting photographs. Elise Mesner has taken to her Los Angeles studio to capture interesting and creative portraits that make use of colours and posture in iconic and thought provoking ways.
A far stretch from the original portraits from when photography first became accessible to the masses. The original pioneers of portrait artists in photography can always been rested upon for clarity and exceptional value for inspiration.
When capturing people, getting the natural side of the individual is often difficult. People like to pose, and when having a picture taken, we consciously position ourselves, and hold our smiles as if by clockwork. Finding the right moment to catch human expression in its raw and untampered form is about getting to those places where the mood is electric and people stop concerning themselves about the minor issue of a photo.
The recent same sex marriage legislation in Australia indeed was one of those times, with several photographers finding the time to encapsulate the day with memorable and empathic images of joy and elation.
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