Pass It Forward: 3 Extraordinary Photographers

Friday 24 May 2013
I once had a conversation with a talented artist where I disputed the fact that photography could be categorized as art. She insisted I was wrong saying that it takes a creative mind to produce images using light and the ability to visualize the scene in front of a person into a picture that evokes emotion. And combine all this with the technical know-how of using a camera. She was right.

Talented photographers are often asked what equipment they own. I know many who use iPhones or not so fancy cameras.  The difference lies in their ability to "see" and convey an image.

Still Life


I've featured Alice Gao on 2 other occasions but her talent is extraordinary and needs another mention. I can't help but be inspired when I view her work. Her strength lies in creating the most aesthetically pleasing images out of mundane ordinary objects and making us see them differently. Here's her Tumblr account, After The Cups. Congratulations to Alice for being featured in Club Monaco Tumblr campaign.


I came across Jon Sargisson's breathtaking photos while googling for bluebell fields in England. I was rendered speechless after seeing one beautiful picture after another. It was enough to convince me that England is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Head over to his website and be prepared to be blown away.


Steve McCurry's famous photo of the Afghan girl with the startling blue eyes is permanently imprinted on most people's retina. In fact, it was him who inspired me to pick up a camera when I headed off to China in search of the elusive Long Horned Miao ethnic minority group. The National Geographic superstar is a legend and whose name is whispered by many in reverential tones.


  1. Beautiful post marlene! we recetly saw that photo in _ of all places - Las Vegas in an exhibition - its as haunting as it ever was. They found the women as she is today and were able to give her some of the money earned from the photo (or maybe they built something in the village to make everyone's life easier...)

    1. Me again. Just to say your "What would you do..." post inspired me to write one of my own, linking to you. have a lovely weekend my friend.

  2. Thank you for your recommendations! I have loved Steve McCurry's work for some time now and am glad to have found his Tumblr. Joanne's work is also interesting and fun. Have a lovely weekend!

  3. Pssst - just wondering if you're around in London at 3pm on Wednesday? It's my birthday trip but I'm trying to dump hubs for an hour or so to meet up with a few folk. (

  4. Such captivating photographs! What a brilliant feature. All three have such skill in capturing the moments put before them. It's definitely a gift.

    - Mandi
    Find Me A Muse

  5. Glad to hear you now see photography as art :) Don't forget the incredibly talented fashion photographers who practically create other worlds with their photos-- Tim Walker, Stephen Meisel, and Anna Leibovitz to name a few!

    Mili from call me, Maeby

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