I look at a fair number of photographers’ work. Always on the lookout for someone that has their own powerfully unique way of translating the world, with a special place in my heart for those who focus on the natural world. I like to check in on the photograpy group at burnmagazine.org, which is a great mix of established and amateur photographers. It is fun to be humbled and inspired by others there.
For a look at one of the coolest sets of images we’ve ever come across, click here.
Wildlife photography ain’t easy, and Mr. Nichols shows some very serious chops in this set. The charging elephant, the swimming croc, the swooping spotted owl! Wow.
There’s no doubt that the photograph faces some stiff competition from other art media, but these images show that photography can do some things that video can’t–they invite you into this fraction of a moment, let you explore all the intimate detail in frozen time, and beg you to develop your own narrative for the action based on the mood and motion in the shot. I mean, one can imagine the actual context for that owl shot as it swoops down just over the photographer’s head, and it probably involves some clumsy form of retreat, a few expletives, and some serious celebration to follow (if I got that shot I would not be able to play it cool). The image, however, just presents a nice, quiet swoop and a brief flash of engagement. Perfect.