The Online Photographer

Check out our new site at!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Random Excellence

Evren Sahin, Glance

In Evren Sahin's India gallery, notice how he often partitions the frames, dividing the visual space up into completely separate stages, and how skillfully he places central subjects at the edges of pictures—sometimes, as here, mirroring the edges. He has a great knack of shaping radically cropped elements. I can't remember the last time I've seen new work that uses the frame so energetically.



Blogger Andy Smith said...

There's something about the way he captures the faces that is amazing. Whatever "it" is, I also see it in Steve McCurry's work.

I'm amazed at what a great photographer can do in the studio with controlled lighting, backgrounds, etc., but getting into the soul of his subjects in their natural environments is even more of a feat, I think.

10:15 AM  
Blogger George Barr said...

Wonderful work, thanks for leading us to it.

3:21 PM  
Blogger dasmb said...

Another thing to notice here -- this guy's obviously using an image stabilizing lens here. The end result is that some shots have a LOT of motion blur which I think adds to the theme. At the very least it gives everything a very modern look (enhanced by the way he's "developed" these shots) which is quite surprising, given the traditional subject. Andy smith writes about finding the soul of his subjects -- McCurry does that for sure, but I think Evren's really injected himself into his subjects and their environment. Notice how everybody looks a bit uneasy about his presence while feeling at comfort with their environment, hugging close to the walls?

Good work. It's stylish and offers new perspective.

3:25 PM  
Blogger plabby said...

I think the bigger picture is that a professional photographer shooting India has no chance of making money from his images when self-described 'amatuers' (pbase profile), who haul canon 5d, USM/IS lenses, d2x, d70, 12-24, 17-55, 35-70, 18-70, 50 1.2, into the field are giving away their shots for free.

Not many amatuers bring 15k worth of gear on their trips (but my point is the barrier of entry to publish worthy images is dropping everyday), and only a seasoned pro could possibly compete with this guy shot for shot.

This amatuer represents the death knell for professional shooters of exotic locations (as if we weren't already castigated to PJ work, studio portraiture, and event coverage).

Since there is little distinction in my eyes from the photos I saw here vs what National Geographic prints, what can possibly save the professional location shooter?

This guys talent could have made him a comfortable living 10 years ago, but today, his work is completely unsaleable (partially due to his own actions).

Just my 2ç.

12:11 PM  
Blogger John said...

Its a beautiful and haunting image...whatever the repercussions for the photographic market

12:12 AM  
Blogger coffeelover said...


There has never been money in landscape/nature/location photography for most photographers! Unless you call selling your images at the flea market "making money." Only a small percentage of photographers get into a job where they can make substantial money selling this kind of work. What should the rest of us do? How about let others enjoy our work!?

If you want to make money, you need to get into portrait and wedding work. People like to buy photos of themselves. Most could care less (other than to gawk) about brilliant landscapes or unique NG images. They love to look and say, "Wow! That is amazing." They rarely fork over money for prints. It has been this way for a long time -long before digital came along.

12:33 AM  
Blogger plabby said...

Coffee lover...

Of course you are right, however the "small percentage" who make said living of NG type stuff is getting less and less (if its not already statistically insignificant), and I can't say it doesn't impact me and others financially, having sold travel photos myself in the past. Friends of mine who own fine art photo galleries (travel, exotic locale) are getting eaten alive due to the plethora of good talent online.

Enjoyment is great, but money is money.

Photographers who used to shop their galleries to Lonely Planet or Conde Nast or other travel mags now have nothing to offer, because no one will pay (they just pull up stock from the local indian photographer on Getty, it costs 1/100th of an assignment). I enjoy the photos as much as anyone, but perhaps you will acknowledge the value of these photos has historically never been lower.

Accessability of locales, cheap digital, and online publication means that people who valued a photo as "exotic" 10 years ago, merely regard the same photo as bourgeois today.

Good if you just enjoy photos, bad if you had previously been making a living off of them.

Now, I propose you imagine that in 10 years the digital tools get so good and so cheap the same thing might happen to wedding and portrait work. Uncle Joe, also an 'amatuer' with pro kit, shoots a wedding with as much aplomb as a photog who got 10k in 1997.

Tell me who will be paying for photos then? And do you really think that won't happen like it already has to other previously profitable photographic genres?

I don't think the money is as insulated as it seems, and it may be the beginning of the end for all 'pro' photogs.

I hope I am wrong, but these facts appear self evident.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Hank said...

"I think the bigger picture is that a professional photographer shooting India has no chance of making money from his images"

In the era of globalization I would think we would be getting Indian photographers take on India. They probably know it better then someone flying in for some shots of an "exotic" locale. With photoblogs, flickr and even micro stock there is a tidal wave of photographers from every corner of the planet publishing online. It generates tons of garbage but amid the noise there is some amazing stuff.

I would agree it has had a devastaing effect on many sections of the photo business but I expect it will also give birth to some exciting and unexpected developments.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Claude Renault said...

an Excellent image from Evren. I wish a book of his work could appear somewhere..

10:43 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home