Nobuyuki Taguchi

Nobuyuki Taguchi is a Japanese photographer living in England who travels to different cities to take unique street photographs. Taguchi has a very unique style running throughout many of his photographs, he always works with black and white at a high contrast; he often works with movement using low shutter speed and his photo all seem to be snapshots.

The vast majority of Taguchi’s work is taken on the streets of large European cities such as London and Venice, he takes large cityscapes but his best work is taken on the streets of the inhabitants and objects found on the street.  He uses a range of techniques and lenses to produce his work but my favourite is his work with a fisheye lens, he only uses it inside making the spaces seem huge and confuses the sense of space. His best fisheye photo was taken inside the natural history museum for this photo he has used a low shutter speed combined with HDR toning the shutter speed makes the museum seem busier and the HDR toning makes the image more striking because of the extra detail, all of this combined with the black and white used makes a normally dull photo seem unique and interesting.

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His street photos are also very good; they seem to tell the stories of the people rather than just show the landscapes of the city. His street images all seem like snapshots and show people doing normal things these images should be boring but the way they are taken makes them seem personal almost like your taking the photo, I hope to capture the everyday in my photos.

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Romain Jacquet Lagreze

Romain Jacquet Lagreze is a French Photographer and Visual Artist currently living in Hong Kong. He first began his photography in 2009 when he moved to Hong Kong and used it to document his new home. He has worked on two major projects while living in Hong Kong; Vertical Horizon and Wild Concrete these two books have been publish world wide including France, America and the UK.

His first project focuses on the high rises of Hong Kong, he shows the scale of these buildings by taking the images from either high or low angles this gives the images a point of view feel, the way these images are taken distorts the way the we look at them as even though we know they are vertical buildings they seem like the are landscapes which cleverly ties in with the vertical horizon name. The image ‘Vertical Horizon #17’ is interesting as it seems to have a religious feel to it, the building he has photographed looks as if it is a tunnel with the white clouds at the end which almost looks like a light, this is what many people see as the die this makes the photo seem like its a tunnel to heaven. My favourite photo from this series of images is ‘Vertical Horizon #86’ as it so perfectly shot is seems like it is horizontal, the more you look at the image the more your view of it changes.

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His second major project ‘Wild Concrete’ focuses on trees and plants that are growing wildly on buildings in the middle of the busiest districts of Hong Kong. Romain see these trees as unexpected sprout of life redefining the relationship between man and the nature in an urban environment. Personally I am not a fan of this project as it seems a bit dull, however there are a couple of stand out images such as ‘Wild Concrete #27’ which shows pipes growing around tree roots, I like this images a the pipes and tree trunks are so similar each trying to fight for space.

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James Cannon

James Cannon is a sports English photographer currently living in London he has worked with many professional sports companies including Nike and Redbull. His portrait work is some of his best and he works with athletes from a range of different sports like Cycling, Racing and Basketball. His portrait photos for the London Lions basketball team are unique as they are taken on location at the team court. Cannon took the team photograph at the court and use flashes to light the foreground of the photo and darken the background. This effect is pulled off really well and focuses our attention on the subjects in the foreground whilst also making us curious to see what is happening behind them. The lighting he has used is just right as the subjects are not too bright, the result is a clean looking shine on the players as well as the floor of the court. The positioning of the players as well as their facial expressions makes them seem intimidating and aggressive, they are looking directly at the camera like they are challenging us.

Cannon has also used a studio for his portraits; his best studio work is with professional skydivers. The lighting used in these photos is very clean and balanced, it makes everything seem like fashion photographs rather the sports portraits but it works well. He uses a purple background that matches the skydivers jumpsuit he does that to create a neutral photo and keep the viewer focusing on the subject. I like Cannon’s unique use of lighting and use of location but i won’t be able to use them in my own photos.

Bruce Ely

Bruce Ely is sports photographer from Oregon, USA who works with many pro sports teams including the NBA team the Portland Trail Blazers. He states: ‘my passion is to show the quiet story telling moments of sport’’ you can see this in his portrait photos. His team portraits for the Trail Blazers are technically well shot the lighting is very flat making the images seem very clean, I like the way the bright lighting contrast the use of a black background, this gives the image a sense of depth. The light its self is set up at an angle which creates a small shadow across the subjects faces, I like the effect this gives and would like to use this in my own portrait images.

The way the subjects are positioned makes the images different to the average sports portraits, The photos of Damien Lillard are his best. The first image of Lillard shows him looking directly at the camera making the image personal to the viewer, his positioning makes him look powerful and aggressive, intimidating the viewer almost like he is asking us to challenge him. The second photo of Lillard is my personal favourite he is looking away from the camera at his basketball; this is strange as the other portraits are all directly addressed. He is also hugging his basketball like it’s his life and he doesn’t want to see it gone, unlike the other portraits he looks venerable. I hope to use the expressions and positioning of the subjects in my portraits.