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Simon Says -- SimonSawSunlight Photo Technique From time to time its been suggested that RFF have a mentor Photography help section in terms of Technique - how to shoot this or that. 1st of all I had to find someone whose work I really like. 2ndly that photog had to be willing help others. That's the catch: so many excellent photogs just are not wiling to make the time for that, or just as likely, simply don't give a damn about helping others. SimonSawSunlight is an excellent up and coming photog whose work seems to go well beyond his 24 years.

You can view Simon's work at http://www.simonbephotography.com/  and www.facebook.com/simonbphotography Simon has been published in in FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), LFI (Leica Fotografie International) and more recently in Radiate Magazine. He also recently had a large solo-exhibition in Berlin. Not too Shabby! So, let us begin this adventure and see where it goes. Thank for taking this on Simon!


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What Picture Series SURPRISED you the MOST?
Old 05-03-2013   #1
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What Picture Series SURPRISED you the MOST?

I have a hunch our biggest limitations as photographers is our own imaginations.

What photo series (stills) surprised you the most ? WHAT WAS THE SERIES ABOUT? WHY DID IT SURPRISE YOU ?

For me, it was something I had never imagined or expected to see.

At a camera show in Oakland California, a beautiful twenty something girl showed me a series that flat out astonished me, and still does. Its one of those things, you had see it to understand it.

1st of all, her camera (s) were hand made pinhole cameras shooting B/W film. Not earth shattering, but for sure less commercial than the Leica M240.

The subject choice was brilliant, the pics spectacularly beautiful.

Of all things, she was photographing fast moving (LOL)
GARDEN SNAILS with a PINHOLE camera!

The thought never would have occurred to me.

But the pics, WOW.

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Several series at Arles, every year...

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The work of Rimaldas Viksritis few years ago - the one he won the Discovery award in Arles.

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One afternoon a couple of years ago...2 shows in neighboring galleries.
Richard Learoyd and Doug Rickard.
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interesting question, have to think about it.
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Francesca Woodman's photographs, herself disappearing from roomscapes.
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i'm not sure if they were really the most surprising i've seen, but igor posner's "seconds thoughts"and "no such records" series definitely stunned me a little. erwin olaf's book also had some things i didn't quite expect.
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This is a challenging question. The first series that springs to mind is the Tarkovsky Polaroids. Each photo like a painting in light; simple subjects rendered with great beauty. He changed the way I see.
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Yes, Tarkovsky's polaroids are really something special. And so very much "his".

Mario Giacomelli's aerial landscapes. They astounded me and quite likely changed how I looked at photography as an art form.
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