Friday Inspiration: Sean Tucker

Photo by Sean Tucker in London, United Kingdom. Image may contain: one or more people and indoor.
Sean Tucker, Way Out

I’ve been reading a lot recently about the algorithm that determines your feed on social media sites such as instagram and YouTube. I was a bit slow to realize that Instagram no longer shows you posts as they appear – in chronological order – but rather in an order that’s determined by a mysterious algorithm.

On YouTube the situation is a little better there are the subscribe and home sections. When I’ve caught up on everything that subscribe to and want to watch I will flick over to the home section and see if there’s anything interesting there. That’s how I found Sean Tucker.

Sean has had an interesting journey. He was a pastor in South Africa until he was 30, when he was asked to leave the church because his views contradicted those of the leadership. He then had to reinvent himself. I can only imagine how it would be to start from scratch after 10+ years of dedication to a particular path.

Fortunately for us Sean had been shooting video and photos on the side to supplement his income from the church and took the opportunity to focus on his photography. He’s pretty candid about his start in photography – it didn’t go exactly as he planned – but has been able to leverage his experience as a pastor to create some very inspirational videos. He’s tried his hand at a number of different genres and seems to be settling into being a street photographer. Sean publishes a book of his best images each year. I was lucky enough to get a copy a few weeks ago. It’s excellent. A quick flip through is below.

It sounds like true ‘street photographers’ bridle a little when that label is applied to Sean. That he’s not a proper street photographer. I suppose I understand it. Sean’s images have a strong sense of light, geometry and graphics. The more that I look at them and use words to describe them they remind me of Jay Maisel’s images – great sense of color, shape and line and perhaps some of Saul Leiter’s photos. Are these street photographers? I think that all three are doing the same thing – wandering around the streets of the city that they live in and taking photos of the things that catch their attention.

Find out more about Sean Tucker by visiting his website, YouTube channel and Instagram profile. Watch Sean in action as he pushes himself out of his comfort zone and does some landscape work in Snowdonia and then shows us how he thinks about post-processing in the videos below.

Virtual Photo Tour: Nostalgia Edition: Part 2 – Snowdonia

For the final leg of our nostalgia edition photo tour I want to visit Snowdonia.

Sarah Edmonds Illustration of Snowdonia National Park

I lived there at the end of the 80’s. Photography was still all film and way out of my financial reach. I lived for a year in a mountain hamlet, taking the bus into Bangor every morning. The view from my living room window was something like the image below. It could be quite spectacular. I remember that the mist used to really swirl around the mountains that you could see in the distance. On days when it was sunny the mountains would also catch the light in an amazing way.

Approximate view from my living room window courtesy of google maps

I didn’t have a car at the time and so even though I lived on the edge of the national park things were tantalizingly out of my reach. Because of that I feel like I missed out on a lot.

So where to go on our tour? My first introduction to Snowdonia was a school trip to Betws-y-Coed so I would like to start there.

https://www.gonorthwales.co.uk/explore/betws-y-coed

With school we went to Betws-y-Coed on a science field trip and stayed at the Draper Field Centre. Betws attracted British artists when they couldn’t travel because of the Napoleonic War and eventually in the Victorian era it became the site of the first British Artist colony. I’m keen to visit the Fairy Glen shown in the image below although I understand this has become a bit of a tourist trap.

Fairy Glen, Betws-y-Coed

After a couple of days to explore the area around Betws – including the gwydir forest park and swallow falls – lets move on to the area around Llyn Ogwen.

The Llyn Ogwen area is what we might think of as a subject rich environment. Here there’s Llyn Ogwen, Ogwen falls, Llyn Idwal and Glydar Fach (if your up for a climb).

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carneddau-and-glyderau/trails/llyn-ogwen-circular-walk

There’s a really great walk around Llyn Idwal and across a mountain range called the Devil’s Kitchen if you’re up for it. I probably would’t be but would rather get in a good spot to take photos of the mountains.

View of Devils Kitchen across Llyn Idwal

One more stop before we head for Bangor and that is to see the ‘Lonely Tree’ at Lynn Padarn Country Park. Let’s have a quick look at the map to orient ourselves.

I was amazed when I saw images of this tree in Llyn Padarn. I thought that I would have to go to New Zealand to see a tree like this. Let’s hope that we have great light when we visit Llyn Padarn!

Robert Rhead: Llyn Padarn, Lonely Tree

Finally let’s finish up in Bangor and then head back to Yorkshire.

Here’s the map of our Wales trip. We’ve only scratched the surface and didn’t even visit Snowdon! Lots more to do when we visit next time!