XLI. Ricardo Ramos

Ricardo Ramos is a fashion photographer who I found recently and fell in love with his work instantly. He captures the model inside the clothing so elegantly and it is extremely pleasing to look at.

Images that inspire me are ones often within anyone inside the photograph. There are still life objects in the desert that blow me away simply because someone had to put that together.

He also captures very intimate moments as well with clothing whether that’s showing a bare chest or focusing on the undergarment. I believe he is an expert at portraying feeling just by how he photographs the skin and the clothes with them.

Ramos keep his images very minimal with color blocking and beautiful backdrops that don’t create too much of a distraction. Overall, Ramos creates breathtaking photos that capture the human essence along with the fashion.

XL. Brian Schindler

Next photographer is actually my mentor back home. He was my church group leader for four years and now he’s like an older brother to me. My favorite thing about him is that I can always go to him for question about running a photography business or just photography in general.

I don’t think now I’ll be asking many questions now.

Photo of Schindler.

Photo of Schindler.

Funny thing is, is that I took that photo above a while back.

He also specializes in wedding photography, but also does lifestyle sessions or engagement sessions. It was great to be under his wing for awhile because I discovered the love for photography, then ended up discovering which side of photography I loved.

His images are beautifully natural. The subjects look so at ease in the photos and he is so great at making them comfortable in their own skin. I think the most important part of being a photographer is connecting to the people in front so it’s almost a transaction. You can give so much as a photographer and that will transfer to the subjects.

XXXIX. Josh Morehouse

Josh Morehouse is pretty lesser known. I actually met him because he was looking for a roommate and we had an open room. Unfortunately that didn’t work out, but I still met up with Josh to just discuss photography.

Photo of Morehouse.

Photo of Morehouse.

Josh shoots with a Contax 645 which is a medium format camera. His images are so beautifully edited the film gives a light and airy feel to his images. His style is definitely more lovey dovey than any of the photographers on this list.

Since he specializes in wedding photography, he is able to charge a lot more especially if he’s shooting on film. My favorite part about the images are the colors and tones though. Each image is very consistent and has a great feeling of love. He does a great job matching the editing with the meaning of the photos he’s shooting.

XXXVIII. Platon

I first found Platon from a Netflix series called, “Abstract”, where they featured many different artists from all sorts of industries.

His photos are famous for the people that are within them. Obama, John McCain, and Stephen Hawking were some to grace the camera for Platon.

Photo of Platon.

Photo of Platon.

Platon moved to NYC after getting invited by John Kennedy Jr to photograph for his political magazine, “George.” As time went on he started growing a relationship with Time magazine and the New Yorker where he photographed over 10 covers.

He developed his sense of style after photographing many world leaders, specifically Vladimir Putin. Platon won first place in the World Press Photo Contest for his photo of Putin for the 2007 cover of Time.

His photographs are so iconic because they literally only focus in the subject in the photo. The subjects personality and notoriety create the photos for the audience.

His harsh black and white and deeply contrasted images create a feeling of deification.

XXXVII. Jared Hogan

SCAD Grad numero I don’t know!

Jared Hogan graduated SCAD some years back and has been creating moody surreal films ever since.

I don’t know him personally, but Hogan was on the creative team at my church for a long period of time in Charlotte, NC.

Photo of Hogan.

Photo of Hogan.

When I think of Hogan, I think of the group he was surrounded by at my church along with the people he works with now. He worked with very talented group at my church and they all left to pursue other creative endeavors.

Hogan continuously woks with artists like, John Mark McMillan, Joji, and NeedtoBreathe.

I feel like looking back, like transcendentalists, there will be a period in the film history books defined by moody surreal films. Many dive into the topics of death and show abstract images and how they affect the subject.

XXXVI. Salomon Ligthelm

Salomon Ligthelm is a filmmaker and DP who create beautiful work on film. His films are not only interesting, but visually intriguing. I find myself looking at his stills for inspiration for my film photography.

Photo of Ligthelm.

Photo of Ligthelm.

When it comes to his films, they are pushing the envelop when it comes to the topics of the films and the colors are beautiful His use of films gives the story a moody feel and the colors blend together. Although a lot of the colors aren’t natural, they perfectly blind the colors onto the face of the subjects and the environment they’re in.

There is a group of filmmakers who have a very similar style and I see the way they work from each other. Many of them work together so its easy for them to get constant inspiration from each other.

In his black and white films, there is a lot of atmospheric perceptive that gets caught in the air and is beautiful to look at during the film.

Here’s my favorite of his films.

XXXV. Robert Capa

One of the greatest photojournalists, Robert Capa, is on this list.

So many iconic photographs from the beginning of the 1900s come from Robert Capa. Photos like the soldiers storming the beach of Normandy on D-Day and “The Falling Soldier” are some that will last forever.

Photo of Capa.

Photo of Capa.

For a long time on my website I had a quote from Capa that always motivated me in my ursuit for an image.

If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough.”

Whenever I’m shooting, this stays with me. Capa’s images show motion and distraught so well.

Capa went on to help found the agency Magnum where now hundreds of photographers are apart of. It is very prestigious especially with someone like Capa founding.

Capa’s image of the Falling Soldier has been controversial and historians have tried to debunk it for years. People have wondered if it was staged or not.. they even go into analyzing the way he’s falling to determine whether its real or not.

XXXIV. Miller Mobley

Miller Mobley’s photographs stand out to me because of how vintage they look. I guess vintage can be taken many ways.. but I mean his colors make you feel like the subject is in the past and they give you a feeling of nostalgia.

I’ve brought up the topic of nostalgia a lot in this project, so I guess that’s what attracts me to photos. Photos that are warmer in tone and provoke our emotions.

Photo of Mobley.

Photo of Mobley.

Even in his black and white photos, which he takes a lot of, there is a warmth. I’m not sure if it is the grain coming out in the black and white, but it portrays a sense or familiarity.

His studio photography is very minimal. From what it looks like, it might just be a soft box and some fill. I always respect photographers that can take a great portrait with just one light just because it could be taken so simply and then the photo comes out so unique.

Mobley is based in NYC like most photographers and specializes in celebrity portraiture.

Here’s an interesting interview with Mobley about building relationships with clients.

XXXIII. Eric Ryan Anderson

Eric Ryan Anderson is my biggest inspiration right now.

The way he implements color into his highlights is gorgeous. There is always a flat or hint of color that gives the photo a vintage, yet authentic look.

Photo of Anderson.

Photo of Anderson.

I really love how he uses graphics also. A lot of times hell include borders on the film and overlap them onto other photos and create borders using different textures. Just the idea of having the border be so simple and containing such complex images of color and content blow me away.

Anderson’s work is the epitome of clean and classic in my mind. I have a hard time thinking of somebody else right now that inspires me in the portraiture/commercial world right now.

Sorry to be blunt, but I just shit my pants. John Legend in Foley prison.. the photo of three negatives on top of each other is so beautiful I can't. I just had to take a moment. The colors are so light and the blacks are so rich and the whites are so off white.

XXXII. Daimon Xanthopoulos

Daimon Xanthopoulos has taken some of my favorite documentary photos ever. He has a series called Secret Societies where he photographed a tribe in Africa. The images are so raw and show us something we wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise.

The film he shoots on is very nostalgic and warm and it makes you wonder about the past.

Photo of Xanthopoulos.

Photo of Xanthopoulos.

I wonder if these locations and series of photos are truly uniquely special. What I mean by that is if I were to go and photograph could I get those photos too? OR is it just the location that lends to great photos? Anywhere you look could be great for photos right?

Nonetheless, I love the photos and how they display motion and emotion in the tribe doing their everyday activities.