Other Tumblrs you should check out
The lazy stretch between Christmas and New Years seems like as good a time as any to point out a handful of other Tumblrs I’ve followed closely for much of the last year. If you enjoy my work I’m certain you’ll like these other photographers’ work. A few months ago I wrote about some artists I am lucky enough to know, but the artists linked in today’s post are all photographers whose work I’ve discovered through Tumblr.
My Pen World
I doubt you’ll find a more consistent body of work on Tumblr than what you’ll find on My Pen World. Though all of the images are perfectly gorgeous on their own, together they piece together a picture of an Istanbul caught between the past and present, east and west, optimism and melancholy. It may seem like I’m wringing out more hyperbolic praise than any one collection of photos should deserve, but there’s really no overstating the quality of what you’ll find, every day, at My Pen World.
One of my favourites.
NYC on Film, Some Digital
Shawn Hoke’s photos of New York’s neighbourhoods can be alternately funny, poignant or mysterious. Whatever the subject, they’re all unified by his eye for the mundane details that distinguish life in one city from another. New York is a photographer’s paradise, the stewing pot for many of my favourite 20th century artists. Shawn’s photos prove that even after decades of gentrification and Giulianization, big box incursion and security paranoia, New York is still the fiercely unique world of bricks and people unmatched by any other metropolis.
Have a look at this.
Photos by Alexis Allison
Alexis seems to shy away from the title “photographer”; she describes herself as somebody who takes pictures, simple as that. Semantics aside, she has a photographer’s intuition. Using her iPhone as often as one of her DSLRs, she manages, like the two artists above, to find inspiration in the everyday. Her style is fully-formed and confident; somewhat personal but knowingly universal.
Check this out.
While all of these artists earned their spot on this list by possessing a distinct visual style, Tokyo Ras’ work belongs to the same school as My Pen World’s. Both are piecing together a back-alley collage of their cities, both produce work that seems more intent on creating mystery than answering questions. While it would be easy to simply fall back on worn-out photographic tropes like inky shadows and turned-away faces, Tokyo Ras’ work deserves special attention because a very formal and muscular sense of composition dominates the work, even more than the intriguing scenes depicted.
Have a look.
Tumblr is a friendly place for analogue refugees. About half of my work is shot on film, and several of the above artists obviously reach for a film camera as often as anything else. Still, while we might feel pretty cool for dropping a roll off at the lab now and then, Kip puts us all to shame. Using everything from 35mm and 120 TLRs to old press cameras and even an enormous Mamiya RB67, Kip is obviously steeped in the history and vernacular of all the street photographers who came before him. Working in Duluth, Minnesota, his intuition for capturing the unexpected is matched only by his clear affection for the city where he works. I especially like his nighttime winter photography, so I feel only a little bit cruel for hoping that the midwest is buried by a long, dark winter this year.
This is why.