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Influential Photographers

Two British photographers have particularly influenced my approach to landscape photography: Joe Cornish and David Ward. Both are based in the north of England where the landscape is more subtle than the grand scenes from the American West yet their photography is highly compelling and imparts a clear sense of place. David’s thinking and writing about the intimate landscape has been especially influential in motivating my recent work. Each has published several books that are readily available in the U.S..

I know of no photographer more thoughtful about the art and approach to landscape photography than Guy Tal. Based in southern Utah just outside of Capitol Reef National Park, Guy’s photography conveys a deep connection to the incredible landscapes of the Colorado Plateau. His writings in his blog, published eBooks, and column in recent issues of “LensWork” are must reads for me and continue to motivate my approach to photography.

The writings and work of Canadian physician (vocation) and photographer (avocation) George Barr have done much to convince me of importance of expressive post processing and its role in overcoming limitations of our lenses, cameras and materials to impart the photographer’s response to the scene in the final print. George’s three books continue to be resources for me.

Brooks Jensen, the highly prolific of “LensWork,” is a fine photographer in his own right. His emphasis on project-based photography has done much to improve my productivity and the caliber of my work.

Living Photographic Masters

Do not pass up an opportunity to see or purchase Christopher Burkett’s prints. I felt the same awe for the range of tonality and clarity in his large-format color prints as I did when I first saw an Ansel Adams print.

Michael Kenna is the master of clarity through simplification.

Study any collection of John Sexton’s work and you are first struck by his command of tonality. Study his images some more and you come away understanding that he is also a master of composition.

Enjoy Charles Cramer’s work. He is a master of subtle north (or reflected) light.

Not yet well known in the United States, Scottish photographer Bruce Percy‘s images are composed with great care and convey a strong sense of the quiet beauty of the locations he visits around the world.

Photography Resources

Publications: LensWork both print and extended editions. If you read only one photography periodical, there is no question that LensWork should be the one. Don’t miss Brooks Jensen’s book, “Looking at Images.”

Photography Workshops: Brenda Tharp. I’ve taken two workshops with Brenda and much appreciated her thoughtful coaching and critique.

Technology of digital photography. Sean McHugh‘s Cambridge in Colour website is the single best resource that I’ve seen. Sean takes us into technically well grounded (though thoroughly approachable) discussion of topics like sharpness, diffraction, and so on, to help us understand the performance limits of our technology and thus ways to operate close to the edge of the envelope.

Other Artists

Susan Field a source of steady encouragement in my learning as a photographer, an accomplished artist whose opinion I value, and my wife.