I consider this image to be my first definite 'keeper', rather than merely an image that acts as an aid to memory. It was a chance business encounter on the street of some nondescript Romanian town, the name now forgotten, swapping a few Lei notes for a few clicks. If, anonymous model, you are reading this, please accept huge thanks.
It's became special for me because the same day I got the prints back from the processor I was in a hotel bar in the far north-west Highlands of Scotland when, by chance, I got chatting to a professional landscape photographer. I can't remember his name (it definitely wasn't Colin Baxter, who seemed to have the monopoly on local postcards in those days) but he used a large format camera and, as I had never seen one before, he kindly fetched it from his room upstairs. After I'd had the demonstration he asked if I'd like him to take a look at some of my images and give some advice. After telling me I had a good eye for composition, which I took to be his way of salvaging some constructive critique from my mess of photographic potage, he got to this image. His face lit up a little and he asked if it had been captured in Turkey because it reminded him of the work of Ara Güler.
I'd never heard of Güler, nor been to Turkey at that time, both deficits since rectified largely because of that chance encounter. If, anonymous landscape photographer, you are reading this, please accept huge thanks. It was your encouragement, likening one of my images to the work of a photographer I now admire greatly, that made me look at street photography in another light, and gave me many more 'keepers'.
It's Latin for 'image of the day'. OK, images don't quite appear every day, but they are randomly selected images from my eclectic archive, so surely they're worth a look? They're even accompanied by a few words..... Depicting whatever from wherever until whenever since November 2019. A sister site to my more static portfolio: telltaleimages.com
"Everywhere I look, and most of the time I look, I see photographs."
Bert Hardy (1913-1995)
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To my mind, probably the finest documentary photographer
working in the UK today. Except he doesn't do this for a living; all the people whose lives he chronicles are known to him personally. Strikingly honest photography.
British documentary and news photographer who had a gift for capturing the gritty streets and no-frill lives of people living in the poorest districts of post-war Britain.
The respected Armenian-Turkish documentary and portrait photographer, who denied photography was an art form, travelled the world photographing celebrities. But his monochrome images depicting the working class people of mid-20th century Istanbul are the images that stand out for me.
British newspaper photographer who photographed many ordinary folk, but mainly famous people, especially those associated with the arts. For many years she used only a simple camera, an Olympus OM1, a standard 50mm lens and available light.
German professional photographer. It's not his commercial work that works for me but his street-honest personal photojournalism projects. 'Wee Muckers', his depictions of Belfast teenagers is downright saddening and inspiring.