Influencing Me – Mabry Campbell
If you love architecture and especially photographing it, then today’s Influencing Me photographer should be someone you know or need to know. I don’t remember when I first learned of Mabry Campbell, but I do know when I go into the city I often have his images swimming around in my head and I’m looking for great architecture to photograph.
This is a perfect example of what I mean. Of course I know it is highly processed, I am sure it is, which you all know I don’t have a problem with. I love the way he uses the lights and the darks, the monotone image, gives the impression of isolation. That is the best word I can think of. I need to get into the city and look for some great buildings, we have some here, I’m sure we do.
It was also a very lovely surprise to discover all his wonder seascapes and waterscapes on his blog. They are given the same attention to detail as the architectural shots. The way he plays with the lights and darks, I know I could learn a lot from looking at these images. The contrast is just amazing.
This image was a bit of a shock, after seeing so many black and white images to come across one with colour was really surprising, but then as you look more in Mabry’s work you start to see that he does do a lot of colour. Nice to see. Nice to see that he doesn’t feel everything has to be black and white and that sometimes colour can be important.
There is an abstract quality about many of the architecture shots, and it is something I am finding that I like more and more, you will get what I mean when you see my MM image this week. I do like images that twist your brain around, and this is an image that does that I think. At first it is hard to tell which way the image goes, but when you take a good look you see which is the right way.
You’ve heard me saying it about my own work, that there is a quietness to it, and I think Mabry’s images has that same quietness. I am sure when he has exhibitions, people are quiet when they are looking at them. There is a stillness, that quiet atmosphere. I love it.
I am going to leave it there for you today, and leave you with a gallery of some of his work. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mabry for giving me permission to feature his work here on my blog today. I would invite you all to go and take a look at his website, Mabry Campbell Fine Art | Architectural Photography, and he also has a blog for his image, which is MABRY CAMPBELL PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG.