Each Monday, we’ll highlight one indie photographer whose body of work deserves special recognition. Please enjoy their photography here, and make it a point to enjoy the rest of their work on their website.
This week’s Indie Spotlight shines on a talented photographer from Oslo, Norway who shoots B&W as a matter of course. Sigrid Thorbjørnsen has a strong passion for B&W photos, as she believes that a photo should reveal feelings and not just an image.
To produce a great images, one needs capable equipment (let’s not talk about other factors here for now) and Sigrid choses Canon EOS 7D coupled with a 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. The kit lens might not be one of the greatest lenses available but it does the job well in the Sigrid’s capable hands. She also carries one of Canon’s macro lenses, the 60mm f/2.8 EF-S for that special macro occasion that might just pop-up.
Although Sigrid’s final images are usually B&W, they are all captured in full color RAW format as so she could still produce a colored shots in the future if she finds the need to do so. After a day of shooting, those RAW images would then be imported into Adobe Photoshop CS5 to go through the necessary processing procedure to convert it to B&W.
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Sigrid’s passion towards photography runs deep through her veins. She loves to experiment with different styles of shooting with special attention given to elements such as lines, lights, weather, and fog. Her favourite city is New York City (NYC) where she enjoys walking around the streets shooting random subjects ranging from people walking, surrounding buildings, subways and food. She believes that camera captures and freezes the moment in time for her to keep and cherish.
Sigrid looks up to two specific photographers and their style of shooting; the father of modern photojournalism himself, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Desiree Dolron. Henri Cartier-Bresson was a french photographer, master of candid photography who helped developed “street photography” or “real-life reportage” style that has influenced generations of photographers who followed, including Sigrid. Desiree Dolron is one of the leading contemporary artist and her work is a mash-up between traditional reportage photography style fusioned together with computer enhancements in order to create that unique and richer version of the genre.
She would love to experiment in a theme similar to that of Desiree Dolron not in terms of her style as per say, but to set a still-life scene, in an abandoned building and work the object and the light settings.