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Chloe Dewe Matthews photographer

The ever eagle eyed Norman McBeath took time out from his hectic schedule of cornering the market in portraits of poets to recommend this photographer he had unearthed. As the last post was about rising stars in photography I thought we should add our own views and although I knew nothing about Chloe I was very pleased to see she once was at college in our home town of Oxford. This link for The Ruskin School of Art heralds her as one to watch, so maybe we are onto something.

Her images fit perfectly into a way of seeing that I find absorbing and beguiling, she reminds me of Nadav Kander in her approach although I do feel she is much more about people than atmosphere as many of Kander’s work exhibit.

The Telegraph featured Chloe as one of The five most promising new artists of 2011: in pictures

and The Guardian had this to say

“The 29-year-old documentary photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews was a few months into an overland trip from China to the UK in 2010 when she stopped in Naftalan, Azerbaijan. She had heard about a sanatorium where locals – since the days of Marco Polo in the 13th century – have sworn by the therapeutic benefits of bathing in sludgy crude oil heated to 37C and she thought it might make a diverting subject for a portfolio of pictures. Dewe Mathews says, “I remember thinking, ‘Would this interest anyone at all? Well, I might as well just do it anyway.'”

Validation was not long in coming: in June last year, she was signed to the photo agency Panos Pictures; then, in November, her series Caspian, including images from Naftalan, won the 2011 international photography award run by the British Journal of Photography. More enduringly, she now had a blueprint for a lifetime’s work: “I was away for nine months, but I realised it could be a long-term thing, almost a recce for my career.”

Dewe Mathews is smart and assured, and her approach is fearlessly single-minded: for example, she crossed Asia and Europe entirely by hitchhiking. “If you’re on a bus the whole time, you have that lovely staring-out-of-the-window thing,” she says, “but it’s not the same as going from one person’s car with all sorts of funny things hanging from the mirror and them telling you their stories. It makes for a much more fertile atmosphere.”

She returns to Russia this month to continue the Caspian series and will exhibit the new photographs next October at the 1508 Gallery in London. This time, however, she has been forced to make arrangements for the transport. “It will be too cold to stand out on the road,” she sighs, genuinely disappointed. “But I’m going to do couch surfing, so hopefully I will hear stories that way.”

I suggest you go to her website and see a selection of remarkable images, here is the link

The New Stars of Photography

“In a camera-phone world, serious photography matters more than ever. To capture the medium’s vitality, Smithsonian asked 13 acknowledged masters to choose one emerging photographer who reflects the promise of a new generation. Their selections show that it’s not about the camera but the eye behind it.”

Here is one for you to savour, go here to see who else is considered to be a rising star

Lisa K. Blatt
Shooting Stars: Cindy Sherman presents Lisa K. Blatt

 “My original response to Lisa’s work was visceral. I was intrigued by her minimalist compositions and use of subtle or brilliant color. I found something mysterious in them, as if they were so carefully composed as to be hiding some relevant content that one has to discern. Gorgeous nature photographs tend to seem like documentation and rarely transcend the surface of their loveliness. But while Lisa’s photographs clearly have a simple majestic beauty that has traces of natural or scientific photography, they are transcendent because of what I perceive as this element of an imbued narrative.

Her commitment to rediscovering the mystery and beauty of the hot and cold deserts of the earth, her true passion for these places, makes this work so resounding. It ultimately is a documentation of sorts—of her passion for these places that come alive in her eyes, in her camera.” — Cindy Sherman

Robin Maddock

Shooting Stars: Martin Parr presents Robin Maddock

 “Maddock’s work clearly demonstrates that he is a force to be reckoned with within the tradition of British documentary photography. In his second book, God Forgotten Face, he builds a narrative around the city of Plymouth that just seems to work; the project is heightened by being “for and against” his now ex-girlfriend. Maddock’s views and snatches of life are both surreal and individual. He has the enviable ability to turn nothing much into something quite profound”.Martin Parr

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/The-New-Stars-of-Photography.html#ixzz1nxkyOrS0

Photography Links and Tutorials of the week

From Toad Hollow via Lightstalking.

Many great photographs and posts have been made this week online in the field of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy compiling a list of the very best pieces. This weeks list contains some of the most outstanding tutorials, photography and interesting blogs as found by the Toad. We really hope you enjoy seeing some of these works as much as the Toad did in bringing them to you.”

Check out the Toad’s photoblog featuring Canadian landscapes and historical artifacts, and his Canadian Fine Art Photography website.

Here is a taste of some of the links


Studio Photography Insights G+ hangout – an awesome post straight from the studios of Alex Koloskov that shares the results of a series exercise from a participating group, as well as some of the great details and tips that went into making the shots.  Alex puts on some great presentations and this is definitely one of them!

Quick Photo Tip: Kids and Dogs – a brief but highly informative post outlining a few simple tips and tricks on how to capture great shots of dogs and kids.  Joe Baraban always delivers great posts full of useful details to help all levels of photography fans improve their craft.

Image Processing Tutorial – Mark Blundell delivers a brief but detailed tutorial post, discussing his actions and processes for creating a specific image.  The image he presents to work with is really wonderful and the sharing of the steps taken to achieve these results really gives a lot of depth to the entire process, overall.


Treasures on the Farm – grungy, gritty and captivating are a few of the words that jump to mind when you visit Renée M. Besta’s latest post featuring a shot of a forlorn and decrepit Mustang that now forms the perfect subject for photography.  Incredible details, textures and tones all await the viewer, producing a wonderful piece that is a must-see shot in this weeks list.

Winter’s Effort To Maintain It’s Grasp – you have simply got to see this shot!  This has to be one of the most dramatic and incredible winter scene photographs I have ever seen.  Straight from the studio of Mike Victorino we get a winter scene that really tells a full story, a story of a lonely tree standing tall and proud in the midst of a serious snowstorm.  A very beautiful photograph, well worth the time to visit and view.

Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral – oh my word, what a WONDERFUL series of photographs from Anne McKinnell!  I just can’t take my eyes off these incredible shots of what has to be the cutest owls I have ever seen in my life!  This series is absolutely exquisite, with perfect depth of focus and compositions that really bring all the wonder and character of these little feathered friends to life for all to enjoy.  If you only have time to follow up on one post in this weeks list, this has to be considered.

Closeup with a Chicken – just because it’s a chicken doesn’t mean it’s not photogenic.  Kristi Hines grabs a photograph of a really interesting chicken, capturing all the spirit and character that this particular bird seems to possess.  A wonderful shot that is sure to delight everyone!

There is lots more to be found here
©Keith Barnes

Canon EOS 5D Mk3

Following hot on the heels of the Nikon release of the D800 comes Canon’s updated 5D Mk3.

Key 5D3 features

  • 22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor
  • DiG!C 5+ Image Processor
  • ISO 100-25600 (expandable to L:50 H1:51200, H2: 102400
  • Full HD Movie (ISO 100-12800 (H:25600)
  • 61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 crosstype points)
  • 6.0 fps for high continuous shooting
  • Intelligent viewfinder with approx. 100% coverage
  • 3.2″, approx.1.04m dot (3:2 wide) Clear View LCD II
  • iFCL metering with 63-zone dual-layer sensor
  • Shutter durability of 150,000 cycles
  • Silent & low vibration modes
  • Dual card slots (CF & SD)
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode
  • Multiple Exposures
  • Comparative Playback function

    Inside the new 5D Mk 3

  • The Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR is a camera that’s been much anticipated and eagerly awaited by both professional and amateur photographers. It builds on technologies first seen in Canon’s flagship EOS-1D X DSLR. With a full-frame 22.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor, up to six frames per second (fps) shooting speed, a 61-point AF system and the same movie features as the EOS-1D X, it is a camera that will appeal to all photographers and filmmakers. CPN takes an in-depth look inside the EOS 5D Mark III to reveal its technologies, specifications, and still and movie shooting capabilities. ……MORE
  • Keith Cooper over at Northlight Images has lots of information and links on this new camera, go here to access his site