My Favorite Photographers 2018

My Favorite Photographers 2018

There’s a learning curve to most things. Some endeavors have a steeper slope than others. Photography is one of those. However, with the advent of digital cameras, affordable DSLRs and lenses, single click editing, and huge platforms to disseminate your work the curve for this hobby is probably the flattest ever. Anyone who can learn basic frame composition can take great pictures.

I suggest the rule of thirds as a jump off point. After that it’s up to you, but if you really want to up your game I suggest finding a few photographers whose work you respect and emulate them. I wrote about my favorite photographers for 2017. As you can see, Chin, Gregson, and Smetana all work in outdoor sports (climbing, fly fishing, and hunting respectively). I love that about them. Although I would love that lifestyle of travel and adventuring, there’s not a chance I’d give up home time with my families. I worked way too hard to get a family and I want to enjoy this time before it’s over. But we all need an outlet right?

This year I chose just two photographers. Here they are.

Amanda Monthei

I’ve been following Amanda’s blog for some time. She does a lot of cool stuff. Beyond fly fishing, she’s also a wild land firefighter and outdoor writer. She first came to my attention on a very powerful piece she wrote roasting the fly-fishing industry for its take on women fly fishers at the New Jersey Fly Fishing Show (one of the industry’s largest). She has a real point and I hope those of us in this sport who are male can accept that women can be treated with a little more respect than what was shown.

Check out her blog for more of her work.

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi is the first artistic photographer I’ve ever profiled on my blog. I came across his work at the Cincinnati Art Museum. I love his series on old cinemas. I am really into places and spaces, the details of them, and their history and significance especially if forgotten. I’m also a budding fan of art. Not so much in terms of a work’s place in the art world or its interpretation, but rather the process. I love process.

One aspect I like about his cinema series is the focus on the screen as a white, glowing, otherworldly rectangle. My work, for whatever reason, focuses on circles instead, but I like his focus on the shape. I also love his black and white images of museum wildlife exhibits. I love photographing museums (it’s harder than you think). For more on Sugimoto, check out his website.