I think a lot of people these days simply pick up a camera and start documenting their lives. It’s an easy thing to do, especially with digital cameras getting nicer and cheaper. But that doesn’t mean you can take a good picture. You need an artistic eye for that, similar to what Todd Richardson has.
Going through his photos you see photos of rather mundane things; walls, tires, gardens, perhaps a windowsill. But there’s something about the way that he photographs the mundane that really makes it seem quite special. He also does a great job of combining photos of one place to give you a sense of it. For example, the photos above were all taken in San Deigo, CA. They all have a similar feeling and color palette and I just want to stare at them and get as much information out of them as I possibly can.
Be sure to visit his site so you can see more examples of this. He’s been to places like Chicago, New York, London, Washington DC, Rome, Florence, Venice… you get the idea.
Update: Patrick asked in the comments asked how Todd processed his photos, so I asked him and here is his response. I figure you might like a little behind-the-scenes information:
I do all of my post-processing in Photoshop. I try to apply the same treatment – or variations thereof – to all of my photos. Some of these treatments originated from a Photoshop action I came across a while back. Over time, and from much trial and error, I was able to develop a post-processing regimen that provides the effect I’ve always wanted for my work – a kind of warm, vintage Polaroid look. I like soft tones and low saturation – nothing too loud.
Specifically, my post-processing routine consists of adding a fill layer (magenta), sepia de-saturation, and a vignette affect (depending on the photograph). Saturation and contrast are also adjusted. This is all pretty standard in digital manipulation. You might notice that a few of my photographs look slightly washed-out in the center; this effect is achieved through a center fill light.
I apply the same treatment to all of my work for consistency. I want my work to have a particular aesthetic. I find it distracting when a photographer employs several dissimilar effects across their portfolio, and distraction can sabotage some really great work. Ultimately, a photograph is only as good as its composition. I want the compositions to be the focus.
Thanks for filling us in Todd!