Two discoveries that come to us via readers over the last couple of posts:
By _xST on Instagram (real name Shawn Theodore), who does street portraits. He shoots in a highly distinctive style yet finds an impressive and and lively range of creativity and inventiveness within that style. The pictures all look like they're his, and like they belong together, but there's little "sameyness."
It looks to me like _xST blends cooperative pictures in which people model for him with true "found" street photography, meaning the subjects don't know they're being photographed. Not sure of that. In any case, beautiful work and an exciting find.
By Chris Dorley-Brown, who has a light touch with both color and tone, via Lenscratch. Chris, who is well established as a photographer, was one of the winners of Lenscratch's "Foreign Exchange" contest, on exhibit until April 30th at 2731 Prospect Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio. Scroll down at the link for a full explanation of what Chris's work is all about, and to see a selection. Well worth the look.
Chris posted in the thread, which was nice of him. As far as color is concerned he says he's made an effort to portray the "thin watery feel" of London light. Very different from the light on the street in _xST's work.
Two color photographers who are very different from each other but are both the real deal, I think. Both new and welcome discoveries for me.
(Thanks to John Krumm and Michael)
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Eric Perlberg: "Having walked and photographed in many of the same East London locations as Chris Dorley-Brown I was blown away by his ability to create and/or capture a magical lighting that for me transforms his photos from good to special. I'm not sure how much of this is down to in-camera settings or how much is down to the compositing techniques he talks about in his interview here, nor do I know if I care. I haven't yet thought it through but while I found the NYTimes photos of Cuba you linked to the other day rather clichéd and Flickerised I find Chris's work transcendent. One of my definitions of important photography (important to me of course) is that I can only stand to look at a certain number of images before I'd rather go out and shoot to see how I can incorporate something of the magic into my own work. I wish I didn't have things to do today because I'm itching to get my camera out, lace up my trainers and start walking."
Dflanaganphoto: "I've been following _xST since I listened to his interview with Ibarionex Perello on the excellent The Candid Frame podcast. Here's a direct link to that episode."