Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Could John Turner Be The Next Undiscovered Vivian Maier?

If you're not familiar with Vivian Maier you can check her story out here. I have some of her books and they are wonderful.

But here is a new discovery and, while Turner certainly doesn't match Maier in terms of being prolific, he does, in my opinion, match in terms of, shall we say, 'wonderfulness'! The video is on CNN so I can't embed it, but it is definitely worth a watch. I particularly like the irony of the image where the 'beggar' is asking the woman who is collecting money herself for a donation. He really had an eye for irony and for catching 'the moment'.

Have a look at the short video: entitled "Photos Found In Suitcase Show A Different Time". A very enjoyable few minutes! 

Simple Graphic Lines

I enjoy images that have simple, graphic lines that make up the composition.  I was carrying my little Olympus camera when I was walking in Barcelona on vacation this last summer. I was immediately attracted to this scene near Park Guell.


Street Corner, Barcelona, Spain    © Howard Grill


The photo is not really about the corner or the staircase (well, OK, it's about that a little bit). It is really more about the straight lines made by the staircase, banister, corner, and lightpost in contrast to the sweeping curve of stone at the top of the image.

James Maher: Street Photographer

I don't do much 'street photography' myself, but it is a genre that I appreciate and have great respect for.   I happen to run across the street photography of James Mahr, whose work is mostly centered on New York City.  I guess it didn't hurt that I had just recently spent a long weekend there and lamented the fact that I didn't have my camera with me. At any rate, his is a site that is well worth digging into, and not just for the photography (which is great).  There are a host of informative articles, a very worthwhile eBook (which I purchased), and an interesting newsletter that you can sign up for.  So check out the photography of James Maher!