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Today, I am starting a new ongoing theme. The idea came to me after reading some posts on the photography forum about photographer’s personal style and the evolution of ourselves as 'serious' shooters. I firmly believe that the best way to know how to photograph better is not to read a dozen of (technique) manuals about f stops, composition rules or color masks but to study, watch and dive in the photography of the great masters. To read the photos themselves is the best way to become a better photographer.

You heard me say masters, but these masters aren’t just the universal names like Salgado, Shore, Bresson or Majoli. For me, browsing the TE portfolio of – let’s say – Simon Kolton is as rewarding as passing my eyes through the pages of a book by one of those venerated names.

My new theme is then a living tribute to these TE friends I really admire. Each photo will be my inspired view on their work. Please don’t look for similarities nor do try to compare my photo with their work. That’s not either the purpose or something really worthy. It’s just my own manner of saying thank you, of being challenged, of presenting you all a link to great photography.

The theme is called the Usual Suspects and it’s not hard to find out who will be the next ones. A quick glance at my favorite list will do the job. But you also can be surprised... I will not post theme photos everyday (my ability as a photographer isn’t that good nor I want to bore you with just this) and I must tell you that this will be a very difficult task. Before presenting the opening post a needed disclaimer: the order of the suspects is not important, so this means that the first post does not represent my all time favorite and so on.

That said, my first suspect is Jinju (sorry Rafal!). I use to call him Prince of Minimalism for his incredible ability for presenting strong breathable compos, empty to the unaware eye, full of character if you look at them with your full heart. Few have the ability to turn a simple scene into a study of true graphic inspiration, and always offered with a profound sense of humanity. It will be rare to look at a picture by Jinju without an hint of the human soul. No doubt about it, he is a talented photographer. My photo is inspired in his theme about photographers around Seoul. I remember them when I first arrived in TE and I always have them in mind when I hit the street. Here, a trio of point-and-shoot snappers are facing one of the most famous Lisbon landmarks, the Monument to the Discoveries in Belém. Rafal is a b&w master so I if you want the color original take you will have to access the workshop area. Thank you.

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