Stella Hernandez's photography and site are alive, vibrant, and colorful.
Designed by Miguel Endara (www.miguelendara.com), her website turns the notion
of what a typical photographer's website should be on its head, reflecting
the dynamic personality of Hernandez--you'll quickly figure that
out from her homepage comments--and the energetic images that populate
it. Click on either of the two collections that were present the last time I
visited and prepare to be amazed. Right away the site itself begins doing gymnastics
with the sole purpose of displaying Hernandez's clever and sometimes quirky
images of people. These are more than portraits, although you could certainly
call them lifestyle portraiture. They reflect a young photographer's fearless
quest to represent her clients and friends as they are, but with a sense of
humor and above all style. What is most impressive in these color and monochrome
images of young people, musicians, and the occasional concert photograph is
that here is a young woman who knows what she is doing technically and aesthetically
at all times, and who seems to be having a great deal of fun while doing it.
This sense of fun is quickly transferred to the viewer who will be delighted
by the portraits showcased on her site. If the spectacular photographs on this
site are any example of what's to come, I expect big things from Hernandez;
she is certainly one of this century's future photographic stars.
© 2008, Stella Hernandez, All Rights Reserved
On the splash page of his minimalist website, Michael Wilson ponders this question:
"Who in the world would visit and why and aren't there better things
for all of us to be doing with our time?" My answer would be anybody who
wonders about what's going on in the field of contemporary monochrome
portraiture. His images are collected into five different "boxes"
of pictures that reflect the oh-so-analog feel of the site design. The boxes
contain images of musicians, many of whom you may have heard about, including
Lyle Lovett and a wonderfully dynamic portrait of Mary Chapin Carpenter. Not
all his portraits are of country musicians; you'll also find a pensive
Philip Glass and rocker-turned-film composer Danny Elfman that are all captured
with the kind of old-school craftsmanship that seems to have disappeared from
the skill set of many of today's photographers. There's nothing
old-fashioned, however, in his approach to capturing the essence of these individuals.
As I write this all of the images currently appearing on the site were shot
on film, although Wilson tells me he's "ordered a digital camera
body but have not yet begun to shoot digitally." I don't know about
you, but I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
© 2008, Michael Wilson, All Rights Reserved