The Introduction this week is from someone I found in the reader, I kept noticing his work and I liked it, so I thought I would like to introduce you to Exploratorius and the photographer behind it, Mitch. He has some wonderful images on his blog and I really want to show you those images. Mitch has given me permission to show you his work and I hope at the end of this post you will follow the link back to his blog
There is a lot of architecture on Mitch’s blog, and I guess that is something that I am quite attracted to. His work reminds me of how I photograph it, well the angles, I know we work differently, I think I do more digital.
I asked Mitch where in the world he was?
My wife and I live in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, within Maryland — a state dominated by the Chesapeake Bay, which was formed by the seventh largest meteor impact crater in the world (http://exploratorius.us/2013/07/07/chesapeake-bay-impact-crater/). We live just 27 miles (43km) from the White House, but you would never know it based upon the tiny rural community that we call home.
Then there are the black and white images landscape images, now this is an area I really want to get better at. I like the landscapes he takes and when I look at them I realise there is no reason why I couldn’t do similar images.
I asked him how long he had been taking photos for and why?
My earliest attributed image was one I took of my mother when I was three and a half years old (March 1965), though it was only later — around the age of nine — when I discovered this thing called “composition” and began to take image creation seriously. Eventually I was able to become a professional photographer and graphic designer in the late 1970s, before changing my career to computer support in the early 1990s (it is quite easy to starve as a professional photographer, less so as an IT guy). Photography for me is a way to share my specific vision of the world; it can be an actual record of reality from a specific point in space and time, or it can be how I think it ought to look, with natural beauty being the primary focus.
You could be mistaken to think that Mitch only took monochrome images, but it is good to see that he does do some colour, but they often aren’t the normal colour shots and you can expect something a little different with his.
I always ask about inspiration.
Ansel Adams is my primary photographic inspiration, but I believe I learned more about the importance of composition, lighting, and textures from the great painting and illustration masters — Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Charles Russell, and N.C. Wyeth.
It was nice to see some close up work in his portfolio as well. This is so soft and the colour is wonderful. He has some other close ups too, but I don’t know that it is something that he specialises in, or does much of.
As usual I asked Mitch if there was anything special about the way he worked.
Compared to the greats? No. As I state in the tagline of my site, I am a photo hack; I may be a very good one, but I am still just a hack. However, I continually strive to improve my work and I learn something new everyday.
The familiar colours we see at either end of the day, something we all try and get. This is a great one, it is something I find hard to get, there never seems to be any when I try.
I always ask about gear.
I have shot images with just about every major brand of camera gear out there, both as a pro and as a prosumer. The smallest camera I have ever used was the Kodak Disc (truly tiny negatives and awful image quality), while the largest was a 20 foot (6m) long 20×24″ (500x600mm) NuArc horizontal process camera. My favorite cameras have always been the small ones, the cameras that no one takes seriously — so at present I am shooting with a Leica M7 (35mm film), a Sony NEX-5N (APS-C digital), Olympus Stylus Epic (35mm film point-and-shoot), and whatever iPhone I am currently carrying.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mitch for allowing me to showcase his work. I would invite you all to go and take a look at his blog, Exploratorius and maybe say hello. I have a gallery for you now of some of my favourite images, it is just some, as there were too many to choose from.