The Imperfectionists Week 26 ~ Banning the Rule of Thirds

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Featured Photographer Nicki Bosch

Meet our Featured Photographer and Judge of the Banning the Rule of Thirds theme ~ Nicki Bosch

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1. When did you come to love Photography?
I came to love photography as a young child. My grandfather was a hobbyist and took amazing photos of my dad and aunts as children in Italy. I was fascinated by these black and white images of my family, and that fascination grew to include all vintage photography, especially tin types and old collodion work. I think all of my art comes from the images I studied as a child and the feelings they stirred in me.

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2. What inspires you?
I know this is so cliche, but it truly is my 5 kids. And after them it’s light/shadow. Next is mood/emotions captured. When I can create an image with all of these things at once, I’m a happy lady.

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3. What keeps you going when you feel like you’re in a rut?
Sometimes nothing can keep me going when I’m in a rut. And I have to just put down my camera for a bit until I feel inspired. But other times I just force myself to shoot something — anything — even if I have to re-shoot something I already shot, and try to find a new angle, mood, or perspective. If you look through my work you will see many, many images shot in my upstairs hallway. I get great light and shadows there and I can also contain my kids in that space, : ).  Most of those images were taken when I was feeling particularly “rut-y,” and may of them are now personal favorites.

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4. Why do you love the flaws in art?
Because none of us are perfect. Life is not perfect. And that’s what makes it interesting.

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5. Who’s your favorite photographer and what inspired you about them?
Whenever I’m asked this question the person that immediately pops into my head is Val Spring. I just adore her work. Her tones, her interesting perspective, her framing, her use of light, and the gorgeous imperfections that are her calling card.  I could look at her work all day long. It’s my dream to have her photograph my family someday.

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6. What are your goals for the next year?
I’m working on a Project 52 focused on kids and their “Lovies.” Three of my kids have lovies and it is such a precious and real part of their childhood, that I wanted to explore this more with other kids –hear their stories and tell them in photographs. Hopefully I can get 52 subjects and complete the year! But I have a good head start with my three. ❤

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7. What is one advice that you have received that you would like to share with other photographers?
The best advice I ever received was to trust your own eye – our own unique perspective of the world. Take the photographs that make YOU happy, process them the way YOU think they should be processed to convey the your voice, and don’t be afraid to be your own artist. Nobody else sees the world exactly the way you do. Value that.

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To see more of Nicki’s work: Facebook, Precious to Me on Facebook, Website

Featured Photographer Kelly Elliott

Meet our Featured Photographer and guest judge of the Rough theme ~ Kelly Elliott of Salty Air Creations!

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1. When did you come to love Photography?

I have always loved photography. Back in 1997 or so my husband, who was my boyfriend at the time, bought me my first camera, it was a panoramic style film camera and I loved it. In 2005 I acquired my first digital camera and I have been hooked since.

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2. What inspires you?
Nature inspires me. Being surrounded by so much natural beauty; be it horses, frosty twigs, or a walk in the woods after a fresh rain–if you want to see beauty in things, you will find it.

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3. What keeps you going when you feel like you’re in a rut?
When I feel I am in a rut, I look to fellow photographers, and seeing their artwork is a true inspiration. It makes me want to get out there and shoot.

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4. Why do you love the flaws in art?
Flaws in art are beautiful. It gives the feel of mystery to a photograph. It makes one ask themselves, “is there more to this story?” Imperfection is beautiful.

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5. Who’s your favorite photographer and what inspired you about them?
I have many favourites. Nickie Bosch, Ana Rosenberg, Nickie Boon, Erin Hensley, just to name a few. But my all time favourite photographer is Amber Privizzini of Privizzini’s Passion Photography. Her freelensed work is to die for. I love her rich and emotive black and whites, her rich and yummy golden hour shots, and she is an absolute sweetheart to boot. And she will support others any way she can. She has a true heart of gold.

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6. What are your goals for the next year?
My goals for the next year are to take more risks. Step out of my comfort zone and shoot more people. Maybe people and their horses; that would  be a dream. We will see where that goes.

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7. What is one advice that you have received that you would like to share with other photographers?
To not let anyone tear you down, and to never compare yourself to others. This industry can be very catty…surround yourself with those who support you and never, never stop learning.

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To see more of Kelly’s work: Facebook, Flickr