this past weekend i was having a discussion with friends about how great our parents and grandparents family photos were, compared to the endless and often crappy iPhone photos we haphazardly churn out these days. when i look back at photos i took pre-digital days (i still used a film camera when i was at university in the early 2000s) they were more considered, and certainly keepsakes in comparison to the thousands of pics on my camera roll.
i was lucky to discover Elize Strydom just as she was about to embark on the South African chapter of her ongoing photography project Small Town Girl – thanks to Jessica for tagging me in her first post. Elize is Australian, but has roots in SA (as you can probably tell by her name 😉) so i was really interested to see the stories that would unfold.
when looking through the photography of William James Broadhurst all i could think was the light! THE LIGHT! they really are extraordinarily beautiful photos, even though the subject matter is seemingly pretty mundane (actually my favourite kind of photography, and the mark of a great photographer). William is Australian, and very talented at only 23 years old. looking forward to seeing more from this guy. you can follow him on Flickr, Instagram & Tumblr.
Andrew Jacona spent a month in India in 2012, just exploring and pursuing his passion: photography. he took these photos with a Contax 645 camera using Kodak Portra 400 film. they are SO BEAUTIFUL that they actually make me psychically ache to visit India. Andrew lives in Sydney with his wife Paveena and their two kids. you can see more beautiful photos of Andrew’s family, and his travels, at his Flickr and portfolio website.
i discovered the work of Carlota Guerrero when i featured those awesome backpacks by Ölend a few weeks back (she photographed their beautiful lookbook). Carlota is a 24 year old photographer from Barcelona who has been taking photos since she was a teenager. one of her best friends gave her a Praktica reflex camera from 1989 before she briefly moved to Paris a few years ago, and she has been shooting on film ever since. see more at her portfolio & diary.
i’m doing this thing now where i’m picking random dates in my archives and looking up people i posted about years ago. Missy Prince is a Portland based photographer, originally from Mississippi, who i have followed on flickr since, well, i discovered flickr. i posted about her 3 years ago – and her work still amazes me. in between her more personal work and some beautiful landscape imagery she also captures a world that, in my head, i only know through american road trip movies, or shows like friday night lights. bits and pieces of middle america, vignettes that remind me of the work of Stephen Shore or William Eggleston.
we are going on our honeymoon to NYC in October, and i am beyond excited to travel again! i haven’t been overseas since 2010, which felt like an absolute lifetime ago (but honestly i am very lucky to be able to travel every few years). even started collecting a bunch of stuff that we need to see while we’re there – 99% food related – so i tend to be a a bit of an obsessive researcher in that way. actually i’m pretty sure that i’m quite irritating to travel with, always consulting a map and making sure that we hit all the museums and get to our trains on time (my poor husband-to-be). well, i will try to relax a bit this time round, especially since we will be on h-o-n-e-y-m-o-o-n.