other photographers

kesler tran

I came across Kesler Tran's work about two years ago, I can't even remember how. I've been following him ever since, on Tumblr and Instagram. His shit is incredible. I can't even begin to explain how good it is, really. As most photographers and artists do, I was having a slight creative block at the time, I had zero confidence after finishing my diploma in photography at uni, had just had a baby so couldn't afford gear or film, and had almost written of myself as a photographer for good. I started slowly rediscovering my love of it, not by taking photos but just looking at other people's work. In some ways this probably made me feel worse about my own abilities for a while but it became almost like a creative release. I began to take everything I'd learnt and pretty much critiqued everything I looked at. So when I began following Kesler Tran I found I couldn't fault it. At all. Like every single image was so raw and full of emotion and yet he uses minimal gear, mostly natural or available light, and rarely uses makeup artists or a stylist (well you don't really need one when your models are mostly naked). 

He's based in LA and from what I can tell, he runs workshops every so often, probably not here though. It's a bit far. 

Check out his shit, follow his Tumblr, Instagram doesn't allow boobs and shit so it's not as good on there. 

street etiquette

These are two guys, Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs, from The Bronx, NY. They have a lifestyle/fashion/photography website called Street Etiquette. Ok, so I do realise it's aimed at men, but it's ok because their shit is amazing. Seriously. They have wicked style and I not-so-secretly really want to be their mate but I'd probably fan-girl out and make a dick of myself.

Anyway take a look, they've just released a book, Slumflower, to coincide with an exhibition all based on a short film they made (yeah that make short films too, really rad ones). They also collaborated with VSCO and released a couple of free filters within the VSCO CAM app. I've ordered a copy of the book but it hasn't arrived yet, I'll post when it does and let you know how awesome it is.

They also travel a lot, not sure how and why, probably because they have a blog, that seems to get people around a lot. They call this section of the site Travel Etiquette and basically take heaps of awesome photos of where they go, make a short film, and write about it. Seems fairly simple but they do all three things well and look good while they do it.

Ok I'm gushing, you don't know me that well yet. Have a look at their site and check out their Instagram. Let me know if you agree with me.