Wednesday, 1 of April of 2015

Profiles in Photography: Joel Rhodin

Profiles in Photography: Joel Rhodin

This week’s photography profile focuses on Joel Rhodin, an up-and-coming fashion photographer who is currently based out of Sweden. Rhodin got his start working with some of the most high-end fashion photographers in New York, giving him a chance to learn his trade and make contacts within the fashion industry while he assisted his more experienced bosses in capturing photos that graced the covers of many different fashion and popular magazines over his eight year stint.

Following that, he moved to Sweden where he began dialing in his own particular style of fashion photography. His work is constantly evolving but mixes crude, rough, and harsh with warm and beautiful in a very interesting and unique way. Most notable is the way he uses colors and muted backgrounds in his fashion shoots while switching easily to vivid backgrounds for his portrait work. So far, his work has been featured in advertisements for Burberry, H&M, Max Factor, Absolut Vodka, NK, Whyred, The Local Firm, L’Ecole National, Tiger of Sweden, MQ, Åhléns, Mini Rodini, Elle, Café, Plaza Magazine, Vogue Nippon, and Rodeo.

Rhodin is most definitely one to keep an eye on over the next few years. His work and signature style will no doubt have you wishing you kept some of his ads and covers further down the road.

— da Bird


Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s been another fun and interesting week in the photography world as spring arrives and photographers around the globe get out to capture the change in seasons and the various celebrations taking place in different countries. This week has also seen a lot of stories featuring new gear, accessories, and interviews from key leaders in the camera manufacturing world discussing their philosophy in everything from size to feature range.

All of these stories and more were featured in our Twitter feed this week. However, if you’re not following us on Twitter, we’ll recap the highlights for you below!


That’s all for this week, folks! Have a great weekend and we’ll see you again next week!

— da Bird


Profiles in Photography: Timothy Hogan

Profiles in Photography: Timothy Hogan

This week our photography profile focuses on American photographer Timothy Hogan. Hogan is best known for his award-winning advertising work and his mastery of lighting and craftsmanship in photography. He has worked for an array of international luxury brands and advertising agencies in the beauty, fashion, beverage and design industries including Budweiser, Tommy Hilfiger, BeatsAudio, Chanel, Calvin Klein, and Target.

When shooting work for his clients, Hogan keeps things creative but takes a craftsman’s approach to setting up the shoot. His work can be very dramatic and his images filled with a wealth of symbols and a vivid play of colors and lighting. However, his clients most enjoy his collaborative and easy-going approach and find him a joy to work with which makes him very valuable in the high-pressure advertising world.

Hogan’s work is very memorable and engaging and, based on his clients’ testimonials and several interviews, he seems to be a very approachable fellow. If you get the chance to meet or work with him or to see his work, I say go for it!

— da Bird


Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s Friday again and it’s been another great week for the photography world. This week has been filled to the brim with advice from photographers around the world as everyone shakes off the shackles of winter with the arrival of warm weather, clearer skies, and the first real hints of spring. The leaves are beginning to show up on trees, the dogwoods are blooming, and allergies are kicking off — not to mention the equinox is a’comin’ this weekend! Our Twitter feed has been filled with stories on how to capture the change in seasons as well as advice and cautions for professional photographers (especially wedding photographers) in dealing with clients and fellow photographers.

All of these stories and more were up for our Twitter followers. However, if you’re not following us on Twitter, we’ll recap the top stories for you below.


That’s it for this week, folks! Have a great weekend and we’ll see you again next week!

— da Bird


Profiles in Photography: Andrew G. Hobbs

Profiles in Photography: Andrew G. Hobbs

This week our photography profile focuses on New Zealand born portrait and fashion photographer Andrew G. Hobbs. Hobbs currently resides in London and has had his work featured in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, Rolling Stone, i-D, The Sunday Times Style, and Esquire. He has done portraits of some of the biggest names in show business including Kylie Minogue, Eminem, Monica Bellucci, and even members of the British royal family.

Hobbs’ photography style is very interesting. He works mostly in black-and-white. When shooting in color, he takes a very minimalist approach. Though he is shooting celebrities and some of the most famous and beautiful people in the world, he seems to shy away from using the normal photographer’s elaborate posing or costuming for portraits or celebrity shots. He keeps his colors toned down as well, evoking a nostalgic feel in his color photography that reminds one of the kinds of scenes and color schemes that were common in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Over all, his work is very interesting and very different from most other fashion or celebrity photographers. If you get the chance to see it, definitely check it out!

— da Bird


Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s been another busy week in the world of photography this past week with photographers from all over the world offering plenty of advice on how to make the adjustment from winter to spring. As the seasons change, settings, styles, and photography needs change as well. In addition to all of the helpful advice on everything from settings to time-lapses, there have been plenty of announcements rolling out about new photography equipment and accessories coming off the assembly lines to complement the big reveals showcased back at CES 2015.

All of these stories and more were covered on our Twitter feed this week. However, if you’re not following us on Twitter, we’ll recap the highlights for you below!


That’s all for this week, everyone! Have a great weekend and we’ll see you again next week!

— da Bird


Profiles in Photography: Luigi Bussolati

Profiles in Photography: Luigi Bussolati

This week our photography profile focuses on Italian photographer Luigi Bussolati, an architecture and design photographer based in both Parma and Milan where he studied at the Centro Riccardo Bauer. He has also worked in Rome where his work focused on social reporting and set photography for film, television, and theater productions.

Bussolati’s work focuses on ways of representing and expressing light. He conducted his first experiments in his project “Akh-Verso la luce” and “Genius Lucis” by researching and experimenting with artifical light and its potential for redrawing space and the landscape. His projects tend to follow an evolutionary direction as well. In Akh, he photographed places where there were no people but there were very visible signs of human intervention. In Genius Lucis, he used archeological artifacts to observe how he believed the ancients drew energy and inspiration from the link between life and death — an exploration which he continues in his work S-chiusi.

Bussolati’s work is very interesting and thought-provoking. His exhibits leave one with plenty of things to ponder. If you get the chance to see his work, it is well worth the trip!

— da Bird


Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s been another busy week in the world of photography this week with a major emphasis on gear. However, exactly one week ago, the world lost a major figure who had been a guiding light in sci-fi and tech due to his role as Spock in Star Trek when Leonard Nimoy passed away on Friday, February 27. This past week has been full of memorials dedicated to him and to his role as Spock and to the inspirational part he played in getting many people to go into the sciences, particularly fields such as physics, astronomy, and engineering.

All of these stories and more were covered in our Twitter feed this week. However, if you’re not following us on Twitter, we’ll recap the highlights for you below!


That’s all for this week, folks! Remember to set your clocks forward tomorrow night, have a great weekend, and we’ll see you again next week!

— da Bird


Profiles in Photography: Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Profiles in Photography: Philip-Lorca diCorcia

This week we’re focusing our photography profile on American photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia. His style has changed over the years he’s been practicing and he likes to alternate between informal snapshots and iconic quality staged compositions that have a baroque theatricality. He tries to inspire his viewers to move beyond the everyday world of the banal and to view the psychology and emotional drama contained in real-life situations within his photos. In a way, his work could be considered documentary photography in that he tries to evoke a sense of the hidden reality or even the fantastical when he mixes his work within the fictional world of cinema and advertising.

Early in his career, he posed his friends and family in fictional interior tableaus which were carefully staged to look like snapshots. He later moved to taking photos of random people in urban spaces around the world, often hiding lights so that when someone passed in front of a place, the light would illuminate that person, isolating them from the others in his photo.

diCorcia’s work has been featured in galleries such as the Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Tate Gallery (London). He has won numerous awards for his work and has been featured in many publications. Should you get the chance to visit one of his exhibits, it is well worth the effort!

– da Bird


Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s been another fun yet busy week in the world of photography as more gear gets announced and tested in the hands of reviewers and photography pros during the run-up to spring. The major headlines for this past week have been the continuing coverage of Carnival and Mardi Gras festivals in the French and Spanish-speaking quarters of the hemisphere along with the winter storms that hit over this past week. Drones have been in the news again with the FAA pondering laws and regulations on them and considering requiring pilot licenses for using them, even for ones that can barely clear one-hundred feet.

All of these stories and more were mentioned on our Twitter feed this week. However, if you’re not following us on Twitter, we’ll recap the highlights for you below.


That’s all for this week, everyone! Have a great weekend and see you again next week!

— da Bird