In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | The Timekeeper

“I think there are a lot of ways to define “mood”, and it differs from image to image. It can be the action in your subject, or the location, or simply your use of light and shadow. I like to combine several of these elements in my images to add depth and emotion.We couldn’t agree more with this sentiment by Holly Awwad. While us as a collective navigate more towards a specific type of “mood” for our story-telling, we recognize this can be achieved in many ways. We love how Holly always manages to find that extra bit of depth and emotion to pull us in.

Please join us in getting to know more from the beautiful work of The Timekeeper.

 

Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

I love to break the rules. I think it’s  so you can artfully and purposefully break them to fulfill your vision. Personally, I am drawn to images that stand out and are unique. Since it is so common to have bright, vibrant, colorful lifestyle images, I enjoy introducing moody black and whites filled with light and shadow to help draw people into my work and tell a story.

 

For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images. How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?

I think there are a lot of ways to define “mood”, and it differs from image to image. It can be the action in your subject, or the location, or simply your use of light and shadow. I like to combine several of these elements in my images to add depth and emotion. Basically, I like to take a visual image and transform it into something you can feel.

  

Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way? What draws you to this style of photography?

I have always liked black and whites for lifestyle photography because I think it adds a documentary feel to the images. But I also think that using light and shadow and dramatic contrast can make an ordinary image extraordinary.

 

When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it?

I think they go hand in hand. You can’t have a shadow without light. I love seeing light in many forms and seeing how I can manipulate the light and shadows to create something beautiful.

  

What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?

My muses are my girls. They are three of my favorite people in the entire world. I am driven to capture their childhood and childhood in general because of how quickly it goes by. I want to freeze time so I can return to these fleeting moments over and over. Childhood is full of innocence and nostalgia, which to me makes it a gorgeous time to capture.

  

Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?

When shooting in low light, I like to expose for the highlights and also slightly over expose in camera. I can then bring down exposure in post processing to minimize noise and create dramatic shadows and highlights.

  

What keeps you going when you feel uninspired?


My girls, for sure. They are always doing something that motivates me to pick up my camera. Also, if I’m really in a rut, scouting for new locations can help get the creative juices flowing again.

  

 What is your favorite time of day to photograph? And why?


Golden hour for sure due to the gorgeous light and long shadows. 

  

What’s in your camera bag?

Nikon D610, Sigma 70-200 2.8, Sigma Art 35, 85 1.8, 50 1.8

  

JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?

Raw all the way and both LR an LR and PS… Although I process all my black and whites in Lightroom.

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April Featured Photographer – Helen Whittle

April Featured Photographer – Helen Whittle

We are so excited to announce our April feature photographer – Helen Whittle Photography. Helen’s work is captivating. There is a soulfulness and a quiet intensity that speaks to the heart of the viewer. Please enjoy getting to know Helen and her work!

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  1. Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

I really wish I was better at making colourful and joyful photos! I have honestly never thought of my images as breaking rules, I see them more as just a different style of child photography. I really love black and white images, they can be so filled with mood and emotion. In my experience, childhood, and parenthood especially, is not always filled with colour and joy, but is always filled with drama and emotion.

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  1. For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images. How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?

I define mood in my images by using light to create drama but also my children’s facial expressions and poses help to create emotive pictures.

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  1. Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way?    What draws you to this style of photography?

I’m colourblind, so I actually find making colourful images much harder so I’m naturally drawn towards black and white. It’s hard to describe what draws me to this type of imagery… I guess it’s the way they make me feel when I look at them. I like to see emotive images so I want the viewer to feel the emotion in my images. Simply by using light, you can change the story of an image.

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  1. When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it?

I think they both come hand in hand. I shoot mainly indoors, so I guess I look for pockets of light and with that come the wonderful shapes that light and shadows can make.

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  1. What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?

Childhood is so innocent. I love the fun, the drama, and the learning that comes with childhood. It was the need to capture this for my children to be able to look back on, that started my photography journey.

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  1. Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?

I like to shoot in contrasting light, usually where there is light and dark in the same frame, so I would say, make sure you expose for the highlighted areas so they don’t end up over exposed and blown out, otherwise they are impossible to bring back in post production.

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  1. What keeps you going when you feel uninspired?

When I’m feeling uninspired I usually put my camera down and spend time looking at photos from other artists….i just love looking at photos, especially from photographers I admire! And sometimes I ask my children if they’d like to come up with a photo for the day and we often end up with an image we all like. And other times, if I’m feeling really uninspired, I force myself to pick up my camera and shoot what I see around me. There is definitely beauty in your everyday!!

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  1. What is your favorite time of day to photograph? And why?

I usually shoot in the evenings, that’s when the kids are home from school and the light is doing crazy things coming into the house through doors and windows. Mornings are always way too hectic!!!

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  1. What’s in your camera bag?

I think I’ve got the smallest camera bag in the world. It just about squeezes in my D750 and my 24-70mm f2.8 lens. There’s a little bit of space for my new lens baby, or my 35mm f2 if I’m going far from home, and I always have a spare memory cards. Nothing more frustrating than seeing a wonderful photography moment and not being able to capture it because I’ve left the memory card in my computer!!

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  1. JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?

I always shoot in raw, gives more flexibility in post processing which is my favourite part of creating an image. I’m in love with Lightroom. It’s got everything I need for my photography at the moment. If I ever get to have more hours in my day, I’d love to get photoshop and to learn how it works!

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In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | January 2016

In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | January 2016

Solas Images

“For me, mood is any image that evokes emotion and makes the viewer “feel” something when he or she is taking a look at that particular picture.”

Our collaboration came together in a love of embracing mood, low light, deep shadows, and perfect imperfections.  We are so excited to start off a new year with this amazing photographer who embraces all of those ideas. She captures life and childhood in a beautiful and memorable way.

When you see one of Solas Images photos you know right away. You are drawn in with a richness and depth  that you can feel down to your bones.

Enjoy getting to know Lisa of Solas Images and her beautiful work!

Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

Dark and moody images are truly what inspire me as both a person and photographer. Creating these photographs that are (hopefully) memorable to those who see them. My desire is that if they move me, they will move others as well. To make that connection so that a person will still be thinking about a picture, long after that individual has seen it. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why they linger in people’s minds… because they do break the rules of lots of colors, kids looking at the camera and smiling/posing, etc. They are not what one typically finds in every day photos, but I love that.

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For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images. How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?

For me, mood is any image that evokes emotion and makes the viewer “feel” something when he or she is taking a look at that particular picture. I find that mood is most profound when a photographer embraces the given shadows.

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Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way? What draws you to this style of photography?

This style speaks to me on the greatest level possible as far as photography. I find myself appreciating the depth and drama to the fullest extent. There is an honesty about it that I revel in. The irony, is that I’m not a very solemn person. If anything, quite the contrary. I’m about as Type A as they come, but I don’t take myself too seriously, as I figure life is short. I joke A LOT and our house is full of laughter and silliness on a daily basis. It’s interesting, because I don’t necessarily feel like my style represents my personality, but for some reason it works. If you had asked me when I was starting out if this would be my trait one day, I wouldn’t have said yes! Mainly, because it feels “so unlike Lisa”, but it’s such a natural process on my end now. It’s fulfills me and therefore I run with it. Opposites attract, I suppose!

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When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it?

The shadows. My light source is secondary. I have no idea why, but my brain naturally processes dark quicker than light, both while shooting and in post processing. I’m 100% drawn to the low lights situations over the evenly/well lit settings.

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What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?

The innocence, the wonder, the frankness. Children have these untainted souls and such an amazing way of viewing themselves and the world around them. Unfortunately, I think we lose many of these honorable qualities as we grow into adulthood. Experiences, both positive and negative, seem to often drain the characteristics that kids hold. It often feels that as adults, we tend to discount the fact that the emotions a child has are just as valid as someone who has additional years of life. This simply is not the case. Every feeling that a little one holds is just as real as that of an adult, and in some cases, may be even more relevant as there isn’t such a strong feeling of needing to hide one’s sentiment. There’s an openness and vulnerability that is beautiful, and to be able to capture that affirmation with my camera is a blessing.

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Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?

Take the time to stop and seek out shadows, even if you don’t think they’ll initially work. The more you shoot in dark environments, the more comfortable and confident you’ll become. Try various angles, as those can make a world of difference. Don’t let the lack of light scare you.

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What keeps you going when you feel uninspired? Creative blocks are the worst, aren’t they?

Honestly, I just live through them and understand that they’re temporary. The first one I encountered was the hardest and felt like it lasted FOREVER. Once I got over that hump though, I had a better idea of what to expect and was more prepared for the next one (yes, I’ve had multiple!). I don’t have a great solution other than the guidance to give yourself time and patience. As artists, it’s impossible for us to be “on” every single day. We’re humans, not machines. There will be times where we just need to temporarily step away, and that’s fine. Pushing too hard can lead to frustration, which can then lead to a decrease in passion. None of us want that.

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What is your favorite time of day to photograph? And why?

Early morning and late afternoon as they tend to give off the most shadows and contrast.

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What’s in your camera bag?

Nikon D750 + 35 1.4 lens. I also have a 70 – 200, which I rarely shoot with.

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JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?

JPEG and Lightroom.

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In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | October

“To be honest, I don´t think I am breaking any rule. It´s true that many people prefer colorful images of their smiling children, and that´s perfect… but not me. I consider photography an artistic expression…”

The words of Charo Diez keep echoing through my mind. Sometimes it is hard to lose track of why we are doing this. And you question yourself as to why you are doing it “this way” and shouldn’t it be “that way”. It is always important to remember that we are part of this photographic journey as much as our children are. It is through our eyes that their memories are being captured. And they will see and appreciate this when they are older.

Charo has a magnificent way of capturing childhood. Her eye, her vision, are truly unique. And captivating to say the least. Every image is full of questions. Selective with her information, she invites the viewer to fill in the gaps, which is in in big part an additive effect to the wonderful, magical word of childhood she portrays, in which anything is possible.

Please enjoy our featured photographer this month, Charo Diez.

 Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

To be honest, I don´t think I am breaking any rule. It´s true that many people prefer colorful images of their smiling children, and that´s perfect… but not me. I consider photography an artistic expression, so my photographs show the way I am, and the most important thing to me: I feel I am connected to them somehow.

 For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images. How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?

Photography is not only capturing just one moment, it´s also about showing how the photographer lived that very moment. So to me, “mood” is about whatever feeling, – sadness, fear, happiness..-, the photographer aims to capture and what the viewer may perceive by looking at the photograph. That’s the magic of photography.

 Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way? What draws you to this style of photography?

I have been taking photographs for many years now. I started developing and printing my own black and white copies in the darkroom, and for this reason I learned  to see in monochrome more easily. When my oldest son was born, I admit I got lost: the images I used to take before becoming a mum were not “nice” or adequate for capturing his childhood (well, that´s what I thought at some point), so I tried to imitate everyone else´s “nice” photos: colorful, or soft matte greys photos with everything in its right place… Photos I didn´t like that much…and little by little, I began to take the kind of images I always loved; but this time, photographing my kids` childhood. I think it was a matter of adapting the way I loved to photograph to this new lifestyle images of my kids.

 When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it?

Both equally. I love playing with the deep shadows that are given by the light, and also emphasizing that tiny spot of light in the dark.

 

 What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?

This is my life right now: my children’s childhood, and I want to leave as many images of it as possible for their future, so that they can remember it. When they grow up, my photography will likely focus on another subject.

Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?

Never miss the chance to photograph a stormy sky: you will get amazing photos full of drama.

 What keeps you going when you feel uninspired?

I have gone through those uninspiring days, and I have found out that the best thing is to keep the camera in its bag as many days as necessary. I don´t want to feel the urge to take photos I can not picture at that moment.

And looking at many, many photos. Really great ones.

 

What is your favorite time of day to photograph? And why?

Those two hours right before sunset through the year, and in winter time, early in the morning, because I love that soft moody light. Though I also like the harsh light at noon for more contrasted images.

What’s in your camera bag?

Just my camera, with a couple of lenses (depending on what I am going to photograph or where I am going), and an extra battery (never leave without an extra one!). A bottle of water for my kids (they are always running up and down and too thirsty), the mobile and nothing more… I don´t like carrying too many things, as light and simple as possible.

 JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?

Always RAW, and Lightroom, I would use Photoshop occasionally for special effects, such as textures.

In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | September

“I think it’s the light that tells the story, and the shadows that hold the beautiful secrets.” This month we are ecstatic to share with you the beautiful artist that is Martha Schuster of i see the moon photography.

Just reading her words gives you an insight into her sensitivity, and viewing her images transfers that sensitivity into some other magical world that really portrays the human soul.

Please enjoy childhood through the eyes of Martha Schuster….

 

Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

I have always felt that there is an unnamed magic in childhood. As much as I love the color images, I think that some of the mysteries fall within the colorless shadows. Perhaps they allow you to look a little deeper. I never thought I was breaking the rules…I’ve never been good with rules.

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 For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images. How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?
It is important to me that my images convey emotion to the viewer. I want to be able to tell a story in just one image, or at least have the viewer drawn into their own imaginations from the image. I want you to be able to feel something from what I’ve made, whether it be movement of wind, nostalgia, and even sometimes the feeling of being slightly disturbed.
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 Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way? What draws you to this style of photography?
My family has always described me as “intense” since I was a child. I live a lot in my
imagination, even now. I think this is what I see in others, and my way of leaving pieces of myself behind as well. I’m not sure I could do it any other way. I can also be described as uncomfortable in my own skin a lot of the time. I think I’ve always hidden in shadows and moodiness. I’m drawn to photography like this as I think I find comfort and authenticity in it.
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 When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it?
Oh this is hard to say…I know that certain beautiful light will create those beautiful shadows, so initially I think i seek the light. I think it’s the light that tells the story, and the shadows that hold the beautiful secrets.
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 What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?
Most definitely the fleeting aspect. The desperate need to hold on to the moments, to keep them, come back to them, be a part of them again myself. I think children are very open with their souls and willing to share the pieces of what makes us uniquely human. These mysteries become closed off and harder to find as we age I think.
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 Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?
I always look for that slight illuminating “shadowed light” – something that will result in depth and mystery in the background, but give you a start at finding the story in the image. I like to shoot with a wide open aperture most of the time, but experiment with pushing the boundaries with the shutter speed. I’m a huge fan of blur and slower shutter speeds. I think the best tip is to just keep experimenting. Learn to expose correctly, but then push it.
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 What keeps you going when you feel uninspired?
I have a collection of vintage cameras that I have been given or picked up along the way. I love to test them out, or research their history. One of my new goals is to go back to developing my own film and learning to manipulate it in the darkroom. I’m TERRIBLE at getting my film developed, so when I finally get it back, I’m usually spurred on to keep going and try new things – either to expand on what I’ve already done, or more often…to improve. lol! I would like to not have to rely on others to create my images.
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What is your favorite time of day to photograph? And why?
My absolute favorite time of day is dawn on a foggy morning. I don’t get to do this very often, so when it happens, I hold on to every moment. Much like childhood, there is an ethereal magic in morning fog. You can’t quite put your finger on it, you’d love to see further, and it almost whispers to you. There are so many sub stories in morning fog that you have to really look for, and the results of shooting in it never fail to amaze me. Morning fog is a gift.
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What’s in your camera bag?
Canon 5D MkIII, 35mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.2, 70-200 mm 2.8, Tilt shift 45mm 2.8,  Lensbaby and a pile of accessory lenses, Hasselblad 500cm with 80mm planar 2.8 lens, speed graphic 4×5, 120 film (across 100) and 4×5 film (tri-x 320), manfrotto tripod.
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JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?
I shoot all in RAW and I use both Photoshop and Lightroom.
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In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | August

 “I am aware of technical facts in photography but I care much more about mood. Depending on the situation or depending on my emotional state I can try to evoque joy, nostalgia, loneliness…”

This month we are sharing with you the captivating work of Raquel Chicheri. Raquel’s intriguing documentary style lifestyle work is one you can never get tired of exploring. There is spontaneity and truth to her stories, mixed with  a sense of mystery and intrigue. The results are truly beautiful portraits that capture the real essence of childhood. Please come share with us childhood through the eyes of Raquel!

Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

I think it is only a matter of how I feel about the color and the b&w. It is easier for me to see in b&w, this way I am more aware about the light and the shadows , I can focus the subject better without the distraction of color.  Sometimes it is hard to shoot in color, they just don´t work well all together; sometimes when the colors work well and contribute to the image then I shoot in color but this only happens a few times.

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 For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images.  How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?

I am not aware there is a special mood in my photos but I suppose it is inevitable to transmit a specific mood because I always try to capture an emotion, it is the feeling that I try to materialize. I am aware of technical facts in photography but I care much more about mood. Depending on the situation or depending on my emotional state  I can try to evoque joy, nostalgia, loneliness…

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  Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way?  What draws you to this style of photography?

I believe I am very influenced by documentary photography and iconic images, I think I make a mix of both most of the times with my lifestyle images.

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  When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it?

In my opinion light and shadows go together so for them to work better they have to go hand by hand, they are complementary and both attract me the same way.

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 What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?

I have my kids around all the time, as I like documentary photography and I also like my kids , this is an opportunity  to capture life. It doesn´t mean that I don´t want to photograph other stuff , in fact I am looking forward to exploring other universes.

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 Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?

I normally take the exposure on the highlights. This way the photo is always darker than if I do it on shadows.

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  What keeps you going when you feel uninspired?

To see the work of good photographers always inspires me.

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  What is your favorite time of day to photograph? And why?

I think the sunset is the best for me. All the photos look great at this hour, but you really never know when a good photo can be made , and that´s the magic about it. My best photos are most of the time a surprise.

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  What’s in your camera bag?

My mark 5D II, and a few lenses, the 50mm, the 28mm, a lensbaby and a regular zoom.

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 JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?

Always RAW and Photoshop.

In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | July

This month we are featuring the amazing talent of Hengki Lee Photography

“For me to elaborate a story in artwork is not like telling common story to our friends or family in daily basis. I like to portray it in symbolic way, just like to make a poetry.” Poetry in the form of photographs is exactly what Hengki Lee creates. His work is like a faded memory; leaving the details undefined but the feelings overwhelming. It is hard not to have the sense that you are in a dream when you look at Hengki Lee’s work;it is truly captivating.

Please enjoy getting to know this artist and his wonderful work!

Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

In my opinion, portraying childhood and life style in an artwork doesn’t have to be always like most people think and perceive.  Because for me to elaborate a story in artwork is not like telling common story to our friends or family in daily basis. I like to portray it in symbolic way, just like to make a poetry. And to achieve that intention  I often break the rules of photography, because by doing that I can elaborate the story  in such an unique way.

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For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images. How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?

For me mood is a strong feeling that I feel when I see or hear something that has a relation to my precious memory, my obsessions and my inner fantasy. And those elements in my life always strongly influence me in expressing mood in my artwork.

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Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way? What draws you to this style of photography?

I love to read and write poetry, and I want to express that kind of obsession in the work I create with my camera. Choosing silhouettes and unfocused photography allows me to create kind of an undefined story, since the details in the frame are unclear except for the subject’s gesture and composition. It’s a symbolic way to tell a story, just like poetry. This type of photography lets the audience’s mind guess what the story is behind my work or the image allows them to create their own story.

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When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it? 

The shadow that go with it. Because shadow is a tool for me in making symbolic story in my artwork.

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What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?

The genuine, unconditional love that I had received from my mother. As you can see I often portray parental love in my artwork.

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Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?

Just sharpen your sense when you are in that kind of place, look the opportunity to capture some shadows or silhouettes, manage a good balance composition in your frame and only capture the strong gesture of your subject, and that will create a deep and strong mood and story in your frame.

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What keeps you going when you feel uninspired?

When in that condition, I usually go to a new place to look for an opportunity to make a strong moody work. And I also listen to a poetic music which can generate my inner obsessions and fantasy.

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What is your favorite time of day to photograph? And why?

2pm until 5 pm. That’s the time that I can make some moody shots with my Lensbaby. When the sun still shine so bright (2pm-4pm), I usually put my pinhole optic on my Lensbaby composer lens to make some old/vintage look silhouette shots. And when 4pm – 5pm, I  put my single glass optic shot on my Lensbaby composer lens to make some blurry silhouette shots.

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What’s in your camera bag?

Lensbaby composer with several optic kits, Sony Alpha 7r, 24-70mm f/2.8 Sony lens, 50mm f1.4 lens, lens cleaner and some memory cards.

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JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?

RAW and Photoshop

In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | May

 

     This month we are sharing with you the talent of Courtney Maltman, the artist behind Momentologie Photography.

“Whenever I convert an image to black and white, I am conscious about the mood I want to portray. Darker images often convey more soul, and my lighter ones can be free and spirited.” Courtney is especially able to connect the viewer with the soul of her photographs by her close attention to details. She is able to infuse the little details that make up childhood, such as the wispiness of a little girl’s hair, or the busy hands of a little boy, with a certain sense of nostalgia that seems very timeless and emotional. Which is exactly why you can’t help but feel attracted to and curious about her work.

Please enjoy the beauty of childhood as seen through Courtney’s eyes.

 

 

Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

It feels right. It makes me feel…something. I think that’s the point, to actually have work make the artist and the viewer feel something. There are definitely times when I think color is necessary to an image, but for the most part, I think it distracts from the subject. I process 95% of my personal work in black and white.

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For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images. How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?

Whenever I convert an image to black and white, I am conscious about the mood I want to portray. Darker images often convey more soul, and my lighter ones can be free and spirited.

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Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way? What draws you to this style of photography?

Because with black and white imagery, there are no distractions. Without color, you must focus on the subject and mood of the photograph.

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When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it?

Light. It is always about the light. There can’t be shadows without the light.

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What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?

What I try to capture is the rawness of their emotions and the beauty of their innocence, in simple moments and details. Adults tend to be clouded by distractions and being perfect; children are passionate, pure, unadulterated, and beautiful!

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Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?

My tip would be to find the best light for the moment, and don’t be afraid to crank up your ISO. Grain can add so much emotion to an image.

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What keeps you going when you feel uninspired?

Three things: 1. My children, hands down, always inspire me. 2. I am very inspired by golden hour light and freelensing. The two together bring such a beautiful harmony. 3. Unplug! Stop looking at what everyone else is doing and just take your camera out and use it. When I was feeling uninspired this winter I did both of those things. Freelensed a ton indoors and played with double exposure. It was a soulful way to get me out of a creative funk.

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What is your favorite time of day to photograph? And why?

Late afternoon through the golden hour. I love dramatic rim light and backlit images.

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What’s in your camera bag?

Nikon D7100, Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art, Nikon 50mm 1.8 for freelensing. I am clearly a minimalist. 😉

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JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?

I always shoot RAW, edit mostly in LR and finish in PS with anything I can’t do in LR.

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In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | April

“I  truly believe as an artist, an image is created from within.” We are so excited to share this artist with you this month. It is so obvious she creates from within. Her images portray such powerful connections, delivered with a punch of intimacy and closeness like no other. She leaves no other option to us as viewers than to be immediately captured and mesmerized. Please journey with us into the world of Catchnkiss Photography.

 

 

Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

I truly believe as an artist, an image is created from within, if I feel good about my art and it speaks to me then nothing else matters, I’m happy to portray art the way I perceive it.

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For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images.  How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?
Mood for me is created through the use of light. How much light I allow in sets the mood for my images.

 

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Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way?  What draws you to this style of photography?
I love portraying my images this way because it creates reaction, if i get a real excitement about an image then i know its right for me. Light draws me in. I get super excited to play with light and I know when there is light, the use of shadow and tone come alive.

 

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  When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it?
I’m obsessed with light and shadow, they work so well together and it just creates magic.

 

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  What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?
The rawness, innocence and natural beauty.

 

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  Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?
Wide aperture, high ISO.

 

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 What keeps you going when you feel uninspired?
Natural light and the way light appears in ways.

 

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  What is your favorite time of day to photograph? And why?
Afternoon, soft light is just incredible to photograph especially when it’s a child.

 

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  What’s in your camera bag?
Canon 5dMk2
Canon 50mm 1.4
Canon 125mm
Canon 200mm
Canon Speedlight flash

 

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 JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?
Both JPEG and RAW, Lightroom

 

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In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | February

“Deep connections and deep emotions are beautifully highlighted by the light and the shadows. I am looking for emotion and connection in all my images.” Connections and emotions is right. Those are definitely the two words that come to mind when we think of Kelly Tyak’s work. Kelly has a way to especially create a deep connection that is formed between the viewer and the subject. Her images are always intriguing, always leaving the viewer asking questions, wanting to know more, eyes roaming around and around the image and always coming back to that point of impact. We are so very proud that she is here sharing a little bit of her time, words and strikingly beautiful images with us. Please continue along to get to know the very talented Kelly from kelly m photography.

 

 

1. Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

Proud. I think it is easy to interpret emotions and mood through colour. To interpret in black and white is challenging – but when done right, is oh so beautiful.

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2. For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images. How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?

‘mood’ – the connection between the light and the shadows – the interpretation of this light and the shadows to create the overall emotional tone of the image.

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3. Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way? What draws you to this style of photography?

Deep connections and deep emotions are beautifully highlighted by the light and the shadows. I am looking for emotion and connection in all my images.

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4. When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it?

The connection. The connection between the light and the shadows and how this connection can be used to interpret the emotion.

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5. What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?

Curiosity, strength, weakness, leadership, love, protection, innocence, independent – the connection between these is pure art.

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6. Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?

Tip – use the connection between the light and shadows to your advantage.

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7. What keeps you going when you feel uninspired?

Children are amazing. Their ability to react or not react to any given scenario is beautiful. Uninspired ? watch, observe, follow children. The connection that they have with their emotions and their surroundings is always inspirational.

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8. What is your favorite time of day to photograph ? And why?

Any. I am interested in photographing the connections.

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9. What’s in your camera bag?

Nikon D600, 50mm 1.4 and a some blue tac for freelensing.

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10. JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?

RAW, Lightroom with a little bit of this and a little bit of that in PS.

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