Photography :: Thinking outside of the viewfinder

21 Feb

I’m in love with photographs that go the extra step. It’s hard for me to like point and shoot photography that gives off a sickly aura of an artist that didn’t think about cropping the image, the exposure setting, did I take a black and white photo with d-max black, does it portray content thats never been seen before, etc. Suffice to say, I have a very critical eye when it comes to reviewing photo submissions.

As photo artists we have to set the mood for our contemporary culture. We need to create photos that show skill and an expertise.

Dan Mountford is a 19 year old Graphic Design student who has the “outside of the viewfinder” mentality. His double exposure photographs are modern and beautiful. There isn’t a point and shoot aura that radiates from them. You may be thinking, “He probably did all of this in photoshop.” You would be completely wrong. Dan creates his double exposure photographs in the dark room. The labor alone of creating these images is astounding!

The next time you’re thinking of going out in nature and taking photos, think to yourself, “What can I do with this photograph that no one else has ever thought of before?”

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