Photography Monthly Interview

A few months back Photography Monthly expressed an interest in featuring my Triptychs project, after a little of back and forth we finally came up with this interview. It’s always a bit odd doing these kind of things but enjoyable at the same time, so for those who want to see the piece here you are.

 

Photography Monthly Interview Mark Ivkovic, Leica photographer Triptychs project

Photography Monthly Interview
Mark Ivkovic, Leica photographer Triptychs project

Photography Monthly Interview Mark Ivkovic, Leica photographer Triptychs project

Photography Monthly Interview
Mark Ivkovic, Leica photographer Triptychs project

Photography Monthly Interview Mark Ivkovic, Leica photographer Triptychs project

Photography Monthly Interview
Mark Ivkovic, Leica photographer Triptychs project

Photography Monthly Interview Mark Ivkovic, Leica photographer Triptychs project

Photography Monthly Interview
Mark Ivkovic, Leica photographer Triptychs project

Photography Monthly Interview Mark Ivkovic, Leica photographer Triptychs project

Photography Monthly Interview
Mark Ivkovic, Leica photographer Triptychs project

 

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Chiaroscuro – aka the importance of knowing light.

Apparently in the Chinese language, the coinage of the characters Shoot, Shadow, and Master form the word Photographer. Light is what will make or break a photograph. So what the bloody hell is Chiaroscuro? well photography hasn’t really been around … Continue reading

Moments of fictional reality

Late Winter, that time of year where I spend a little too much time in my head. Time considering where to head this year, how to create something different, projects I want to work on and others I really want to drop. Time to think about business and time to think about my creative process. Usually around this time of year I end up considering the tools I use and whether it’s time for a new piece of equipment or time to simplify everything. I seem most connected with my M9 50mm combination, there are other cameras I really want to love that way but they simply don’t do it for me. Trust me I’ve tried. Simplify then ??

I’m drawn to the beauty of the imperfect, the delicate tiny flaws, the nuanced variations. I’ve been told to go shoot with my heart and everything will start falling into place.
All I can say is I’m trying, I still have some bridges to burn as such but I’m trying.

The photographs with this post are some that I feel are starting towards my appreciation of the imperfect reality in the moments of fiction we create on set.

Photography Monthly Interview

Photography MonthlyJust a quick note to let you know I’m one of the contributors for the March issue of Photography Monthly. So if you want to read a little interview and listen to me bash current photography trends then go check it out (well it’s out this coming Wednesday). Also love that Ben Folds is right there with me, to me that’s awesome.

Triptych Portrait series #54 – Daniel Milnor

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Triptych Portrait Series #54 – Daniel Milnor

The series is still ongoing just a little more focused.

A selection from the full set can be found here – www.bangphoto.co.uk/triptychs.
Along with in a certain monthly photography magazine very soon . . . . . . .

I present to you a man I now call a friend and someone I can reach out to from time to time (or a mentor if you will) – Daniel Milnor AKA Blurbs “Photographer at large” AKA Smogranch.

DRM has been on my hit list for at least a year, I first came across his work through the Leica network. Something about his style and creativity drew me in. After a year reading his blog, following his journey and numerous email correspondences I knew this was one guy I really had to meet up with. Luckily earlier this year he was over in London doing a workshop for Blurb books so we arranged to meet up for the afternoon. He sure has a way of cutting right through the crap and getting to the nub of things, his opinions on photography and “art” in general seem to echo a lot of my own feelings so it only seemed natural that I added him to my triptych “Inspirations” series.

Find more of Daniel here;
www.smogranch.com/
www.blog.leica-camera.com/photographers/interviews/daniel…
www.blurb.co.uk/newsletters/1405-2

Realisation . . . .or “When your style creeps up on you”

 

Leica M2 | Zeiss 35mm Biogon-C | Kodak Tri-X

Leica M2 | Zeiss 35mm Biogon-C | Kodak Tri-X

 

Not enough sway is given to developing ones style these days. The current trend appears more equipment driven and not learning the craft, art and soul of photography. Style can not be bought, faked, copied or forced. It comes through practise, dedication to your craft and natural development through spending time learning to understand what photography means to you personally.

I would personally say that I’m only just beginning to notice my style surface, I’ve learnt the more I try to concentrate on it the further away I end up from it.