Feeling disenchanted and uninspired by the front page of 500px? I certainly am. We are inundated with the flashy, often over the top images from the hot spot locations that find their way to the ‘top’. They are beautiful and addicting, but they do not speak to the soul. Is there any meaning to these images? Rather than blindly trying to re-create this style of imagery, open your eyes to new genres. Close 500px and put down Outdoor Photographer. Here is a list of publications that I believe will help you find the soul of your photography.
Lenswork is centered around fine art black and white photography which has a beautiful print edition. Even if you do not appreciate the subtly of black and white you must at least listen to Brooks Jensen on the Lenswork podcast or read one of the books. Inspiration pours from Brooks, his writing and speaking is masterful. My favorite book is Looking at Images, in which Brooks analyzes a variety of images from many different photographers and muses on the meaning of the photograph, it has depth that will make you completely rethink photography.
A truly inspirational digital magazine filled with some of the best writers in the photography world. From the likes of David duChemin, Guy Tal, John Paul Caponigro, Chris Orwig and more. If you do not recognize these names then you must download a copy, this is the first step to expanding your photographic vocabulary and literacy.
A collaborative book of 26 photographers showcasing exceptional landscape photography.
This symposium is filled with presentations from the best teachers of vision in the photography world. Chuck Kimmerle, Guy Tal, Charles Kramer, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, Michael Gordon, and Bruce Hucko.
If you are looking for an alternative to 500px that has more depth, this is the site you have been waiting for.
A relatively new digital magazine that is continually improving. The articles from Guy Tal and Ian Plant are worth the price alone.
I used to follow a plethora of photography blogs, which quickly became information overload. I wiped out my reading list with the exception of these blogs that inspire me on a regular basis.
Ron and Sarah