Inspired Eye is an online magazine written by photographers for photographers. Unlike most other photography magazines, Don Springer and Olivier Duong’s creation focuses, not on the famous masters of an era long gone, but on working photographers today, the unsung heroes who are shooting, developing, creating, imagining and living out their photographic dreams as we speak. As they state, Inspired Eye is the “photography magazine that [they] wished [they’d] had” back in the day.
The magazine has been designed for photographers of various levels, from beginners looking for inspiration to professional photographers, curious to learn about the techniques of others in their field. Packed with a series of beautiful and very diverse images taken mostly in the street or documentary style, Inspired Eye and the photographers interviewed within its pages will teach you that there is no right way to approach photography. Rather, it shows us that each and every one of us has a unique path to follow in the hunt for personal photographic satisfaction and a distinctive style.
A Summary of Inspired Eye: Issue 10
They say that you’ve mastered the art of photography once you manage to create a style that people can recognise even without seeing your name on the photograph. The tenth edition of Inspired Eye introduces us to a handful of photographers who have done just that – found a unique style, a personal project, and reoccurring theme that spurs them forward on their photographic journey.
One such example is Fuji X100s and Sony Nex 6 user Treve Kneebone from Cornwall, UK. Though he grew up by the seaside, he now finds himself commuting two hours every day through the busy city of London. Suffering from depression and a sense of emptiness, Treve turned to photography to brighten up the daily commute. Anyone trapped by the daily grind will easily be able to relate to Treve’s story, and will find that it provides hope, as it demonstrates that creative outlets can be found even in the most mundane of places or situations.
Another story I was inspired by was that featuring an interview with Mark L. Vicente and his images from his trip to India. His use of grungy tones instead of the bright colours we are used to seeing forces us to imagine the country in a different light. They transmit the heat, the sweat, the filth of certain areas of the slums, and the overwhelming scents in the air. I find it amazing what just a few small adjustments in colour can do to transform the atmosphere of an image. All I can say is that India is now higher on my bucket list of places to visit than it ever was thanks to Mark!
Finally, I fell in love with the black and white images by Tamas Andok who uses the iPhone 4 for much of his street photography, though from the quality of his work, you’d never guess. The most astonishing thing is that this Hungarian master of light and shadow is only 26 years old. I am particularly fond of his abstract and gritty images from the streets, as they look as they have been dug out of a 100-year-old archive.
Of course, I can only give away so much in this blog post. If you are interested in reading more, be sure to download the full edition of Inspired Eye: Edition 10. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂