There is an element of research when it comes to planning a photography project. Looking at the work of others helps gather elements of ideas, avoid cliches and attempt to build on what has come before. Some comparison to the scientific method can be made here. The work of others can also be appreciated in its own right, of course, aside from as a source of learning or inspiration. I'm looking to take images of Houston that uncover its many hidden corners, and there are others doing the same.
I'm sure there are many local commercial and wedding/portrait photographers who produce exceptional work, but I wanted to make note of some photographers who are specifically making the scapes of Houston part of their stories. I've selected a few photographers to make a of note here for my own reference - these are the photographers I'd most like to talk shop with.
- Mabry Campbell - Mabry's portfolio is full of technically well-executed architectural photography with moody black and whites that capture subtle tones and textures.
- Katya Horner - Landscape and fine art photos with a processed and colour saturated style.
- Michael Joseph - Interesting black and white architectural photographs of downtown Houston with a theme of internal framing.
- Aisha Khan - A portfolio full of portraits and wedding images that hold a sense of place. She makes Houston look good. These images that make me want to include people in my city shots.
- Khanh Nguyen. Great use of Houston's backstreets and portraits with a lot of movement.
- Matt Nielson - This is a one page photo essay about Houston with some brilliant pictures to illustrate. Matt nailed an image of the Gus Wortham fountain - an interesting art-piece I've been working on for a while, but can't seem to get a satisfactory interpretation of it.
- Jim Olive - Oil and gas are Houston's meat and potatoes (medical is probably the veg). Jim is a commercial photographer who covers, among many other things, Houston's industrial side. He has also published a photography book on Houston covering a range of his work over his career.
- Joseph West - Joseph knows how to work shadow and light against each other, adding both atmosphere and subject emphasis within an image. His blog is mainly engagements and weddings, but he is one of those photographers that incorporates urban landscapes with his portraits where either alone would stand well as a photograph.