Nikonsnapper, although from England, has now become an honorary Welshman, who lives in Cardiff, Wales.
I have met Ian in Cardiff a few times and we have chatted and shot a few photos together, so with Ian’s shot’s they are a bit different from others as I know more background to them. This has influenced how I look at some of them.
All the photos in this post were taken by Nikonsnapper and are copyrighted to him. © Ian Clark
This is a really nice capture outside the tattooists. It’s not the man that attracts my attention though, but the woman, she looks so comfortable in the clothes she’s wearing. Ian gets shots like this as he stops and talks to people, unlike me who shoots and runs. I will have to start learning from him so I can get shots like this.
There is a beautiful feel to this shot. She is sharp, but with a soft focus behind. The tilt of the head gives the feel of those 30’s starlets. Added to the fact that she’s a pretty girl and you end up with a fantastic shot.
I think the caption of this shot explains it all and I can’t add to that, except the feeling of affection it carries.
The way this shot is lit makes the mood excellent. Ian’s POV shows the deep concentration of the boy. A child on their iPad is oblivious to all around, this is from a man who has a grandson who holds the same stance when he is on his. This is why this is one of my favourite shots of Ian’s.
This shot always makes me laugh. It is not so much the actual shot, which is of Ricky, who Ian has shot a few times, but when it was captured. This was the first time I saw Ian. He was standing over Ricky who was sitting on the floor. As he stood up Ian was looking at his phone. Ricky smiled at me, and at that time Ian looked up. I got off a shot and was gone around the corner. It was only when I posted the shot in my stream that Ian commented that it was him, that I knew for sure it was him. Next time in Cardiff I spent over an hour chatting to Ian, and it was the start of a beautiful friendship!
I think this shot is truly beautiful. The girl is in full focus against the out of focus background. The way the sunlight strikes the side of the girls face and on through her blonde hair. As it’s taken from behind we just have a glimpse of the girls beauty. Excellent.
Wow! What legs. The whole composition is brilliant. Long legs at right angle to the wall with the one leg just below so that the shoes stand flat against the rugged stone wall. With a background only just visible of a wooden door slightly ajar, and stone floor gives a Mediterranean feel, and an excellent backdrop for the legs.
This shot just gives me a great chilled out feeling. When you can lay back in the sun with nothing at all on your mind, like you can do when you are on holiday. I like the leg on the back of the bench to keep the balance. We don’t need to see the girls face, her posture is enough to give the feel of the shot.
It’s that initial look at this shot, seeing the girls expression. Every time I look at this shot I can’t help smiling. The fact that her friend behind her is laughing adds to the shot.
What an excellent shot showing a poster of how a nation looks at itself. Then glance down to the right and see the reality. A good looking woman in the poster giving the image of style and prosperity, whilst the Big Issue seller is like an inset to show how life really is.
Thank you Ian for allowing me to use your photos on the Blog.
To see more of Ian’s work, take a look at his Flickr Photostream