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We write a lot of in-depth articles about composition techniques like – Natural Framing, Negative Space – and Leading Lines. But today we want to give you just the essential meaning of how you can use Leading Lines in your photos. This is a potted guide! Leading Lines can: Take your eye on a journey – […]
Incredible food…. Italy is known for its delicious food. I know this to be true because I have travelled all over the country and eaten food that is embedded in my ‘best food memory bank’. (All of my family has this memory bank, including my kids; we love food.) Fifteen years ago I had some […]
“Ask yourself what is really important. Have the wisdom and the courage to build your life around your answer.” Lee Jampolsky Today I want to share some of my thoughts as well as some cool quotes I’ve collected that capture why Havana and the country of Cuba is one of my favourite places to photograph. […]
7 years ago this month Di and I went to Paris with our baby daughter and our 6 year old son. We left our house, we took our son out of his school to try homeschooling and we looked forward to our baby’s first foods being in the land of gastronomy. It was the beginning […]
Today I leave Istanbul. Saying goodbye to this beautiful city after 2 weeks of photographing, exploring and running a wonderful workshop. One of the most exciting things for me to see in Istanbul in the spring is the tulip festival, where an incredible 30 million tulips are planted all over the city in different displays. […]
I love the work of Jonas Bediksen. He is an extraordinary photographer. In part I love the ideas he has for his projects, but he has a pretty unique angle to him. Plenty of photographers have brilliant, clever ideas for photo projects – but the execution of their ventures is not necessarily very interesting. Or […]
“Without the cat, Istanbul would lose a part of its soul.” from Kedi One thing you notice when you arrive in Istanbul is the abundance of stray cats and dogs. This might sound a little off putting, but in fact these are some of the friendliest animals you will meet. Locals feed and look after […]
The team behind Anthony Epes Photography and Cities at Dawn Publishing is husband and wife Diana Bird and Anthony Epes. Get to know us a little better in our occasional series of Q&A’s. Let’s start at the beginning. Where did you meet Anthony? Anthony and I met in the eponymous year of 1999. We were […]
I love to photograph reflections. They are a very cool way to create abstraction, fun, mystery, intrigue, patterns, complexity and symmetry in your images. Diana and I just wrote this piece for Digital Photography School, with lots of simple tips you can use to bring reflections into your images: 10 Ways to Use the Beauty […]
Sometimes photography can bring you in touch with the worlds and life beyond our mere small planet. As someone already fascinated about space and the possible life in the galaxies far far away, I love Jaxson Pohlman photography. Pohlman has become well known with his Astrophotography, and creating beautiful images of star speckled skies and […]
It might sound strange to suggest that writers can teach us anything about photography. I believe, though, that any creative pursuit springs from the same space within us – whether it’s photography, writing, painting or even making exquisitely beautiful cakes. Creativity comes from a desire to express ourselves, to verbalize our experiences, thoughts, ideas and […]
I had the pleasure of sitting with John Berger (1926-2017) while on an editorial assignment in London.
I recently read about an exhibition in Arkansas called Photographing Frida: Portraits of Frida Kahlo/Fotografiando Frida: Retratos de Frida Kahlo, and I was immediately inspired to write this article. The image of the artist Frida Kahlo is iconic. Her famous self-portraits adorn posters and products, as well a lovely tote bag Anthony recently bought me […]
Everywhere we travel – from Havana to Venice, Istanbul to deep into the mountains of Morocco – we are witnessing stories. Stories of the lives of people in places that over hundreds and thousands of years, have created unique cultures, histories, cuisines and ways of living. As a photographer / writer couple we are grateful […]
In this fun, fast moving 12-minute video we get a potted history of the art movement of Realism in painting and how it was affected by the advent of photography. It starts with the assertion that “when photography was invented many people thought painting would die.”
Evocative black and white video composed of moments of life in Istanbul accompanying a wonderful piece of music. Music: Çiğdem Borucu Video Footage: Elif Gülen
“No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time, no such thing as down time. All you got is lifetime. Go.” Henry Rollins I was out walking and shooting this morning. I got up around 5.30am and after drinking coffee I headed straight out. It was cold and dark as I closed […]
David Katz’s story of photography is truly wonderful. Give it a watch and be inspired!
One thing I never fail to see, at least once, on one of my workshops is someone holding their camera upside down. What I didn’t realise was that 90% of the people I was correcting were women. I may be a really good observer but sometimes I am as blind as those mice.
Last week I found myself once again in beautiful Venice having a wonderful time teaching fellow photographers all about the way I do photography.