Steve BloomWriter and photography artist. Specialises evocative images of the livingworld.Born in South Africa 1953. Moved to England in 1977. Co-founded one ofLondon’s Leading photographic special effects companies.Began shooting wildlife in the early 90s.
Steve BloomHe is most known for his wild life photographyAnd Human photography which reflects cultures,Nature of society and their lives.Particularly about African Tribes, People as he himselfIs from South Africa. His takes on their culture valuesAnd lives are unique and in detail.Wildlife photos of his became well known as well,Because of the angle, contrast of color between the animalAnd the color they associated with.In General, he’s well know for Environment and NaturePhotography.
Style of photography-Contrast, whether by use of color contrast or nature contrast-Society. Particularly he’s interested much more in showing how southAfricans live -Captures Conflicts, confrontations, Tensions, unity His wildlife photos have a style that tells the story or relation between the two animals, whether be it, predator or prey, mates, alpha male rivalries or even unity blended with sheer difference of cool vs warm colors. After all, contrast is always attractive.
Contribution to World of wild life photography Despite the techniques, the usage of high tech hardware which is widely Available to the photo enthusiasts, I think the biggest contribution to the Photography field is “Inspiration”. His wildlife and nature photography cast an influence on young upcoming Photographers to learn from him and pave their own way. His age and experience in the wild life photos and with the photos that he’s Making, I believe it’s the biggest impact upon the photo industry. Plus, he publishes books on photography which is proving the fact that he is Contributing to the world of wild life photography in terms of knowledge and Experience.
SO how does he make a living as of now?-He publishes books on photography and he also writes. His books - Trading places - Living Africa - spirit of the wild - Elephant! - untamed - primates - Selected Other revenues would include stock photos which he owns copyright on, Talk shows and lectures, Exhibitions and medias such as the interviews on him Or documentaries.
Techniques-High Contrast in color-High define shadows to show the shapes a.k.a having strong silhouettes compositon.-Contrast in colors, dull (low saturated colors pitted against high saturated bright colors)-Very rare close up shots. Mostly medium shots.-Rather interested in relation by action than emotion by expressions through eyes-Expressions through face and particularly Eyes requires super close up, which he doesn’t do as much as the ones I just mentioned.-Back to the point, he also stress in high speed object shooting which is action oriented.Examples below>>
TechniquesHow is different or unique from other wildlife photographersIn my opinion, there are a couple of things I think he’s different.-Color composition-Theme (physical action oriented)-Usually in fast action-Confrontation, tension, unity.-Brightness and contrast
As for my opinion of him as my idol, there are a group of reasons some of which Facts are related to the line of photography while some of which are more related To my mindset.First of all, I like how he captures animals in motion. It’s one of the hardest thing toAchieve in photography and he does it like the best and beautifully.Secondly, the bright vs dark contrast color variation inside his photo giving a verySharp and clear look which I prefer in photography. His photos isn’t soft and mellowIn terms of light Thirdly, As I am an animator, I like to see the actions lines , poses and the relationship Of the characters and steve blooms photos are all about it. He captures the wild life in Their actions and every photo of his has movement. I’m simply more drawn to and as A photographer who studies animation, this is what I’d like to achieve as well. The only thing he doesn’t really focus on which I’m interested is the focus on expressive eyes but that doesn’t mean his works are only action but not with emotion values.
Chose this photo because it is first of all very expressive, showing the chimp looking at the Droplets of rain. His eyes showing full of thoughts Only which I have no idea but he’s definitely not Happy. This is one of the few shots of his I could findWhich is actually close up. But the actual photo withoutBeing cropped was still medium ranged shot. The rulesOf the third is there, negative spaces are there to bring This chimp out and attract the viewer’s eyes. I am not sure about the composition of this photo Entirely but as for the sentimental reason, the story Is there and I think very well captured. Composition Wise is good and the trees behind and around the Bear really made the 3 stand out. Without them, The result and the feeling would have been different
Confrontation. This is usually what steve Looks into more when it comes to wild Life photography. Confrontations, whether Friendly or hostile are common sights in nature And he captures it. In this photo, the two bears Are perfectly placed in the frame and somehow, The green compliments the brown here and Pleases my eyes. The depth of field on the fore-Ground and the background are beautiful as well Which are the fact I picked up after I see this. Confrontation yet again. But in this photo, there Are no overly high contrast. The color is soft and Mellow and the two elephants although having A perspective line towards the camera are equally Distributed on both sides. But it’s compensated by The perspective depth that they have where the Left one is slightly further away and smaller. The focus is more on the right one as it’s above the Dust and brighter showing a bit of non-flatness In the photo.
Long distance shot, repetition, pattern, monochromeThese are the tags lines that I pin point in this photoIt’s also showing the depth despite there are a lot ofThings happening throughout the whole photo. TheFurther out wildebeests are defined by their fadednessAnd Steve captured this lighting and that is why I likeThis photo. This photo is straight forward enough. But What I admire in this photo is that, he capture Very high speed clearly. This is one of the traits That I see in steve bloom’s photos as he tries to Capture high speeds stuck in a moment perfectly The cheetah being in the centre of the frame, I am Not sure whether this was accidental or intended. But still the action line curve on cheetah com- Pensated it.