Most of us are pretty much content with the three likes we got on Facebook from the Instagrammed picture of our feet sunbathing in front of the sea last summer. When you entrust Mark from Archibald Photography with a phone that has a decent camera, the result is not exactly the same. Who knew that you could master photography to the point that shots taken with a phone camera look like a professional photo shoot?

In Mark’s Nokia Lumia 920 Camera Project, the conventions of traditional photography (convention n°1: use an acceptable camera) are successfully subverted and it is a combination of both talent and technique that allow him to capture the beauty of Scottish landscapes. They say you can tell a good workman by his tools, but clearly Mark doesn’t go by old sayings. The 32 shots taken from his phone positively show that he has an impeccable eye for photography as they take us on a journey through the colorful, vibrant – and sunny – Scottish countryside.

Archibald Photography was created in 2003 by Donny, who is in charge of marketing and client contact, and her husband Mark, the photographer. Both born and raised in Scotland, they have done some projects at home, but their main focus is travel documentary photography. Mark’s work is already recognized in the United Kingdom and he has won many awards: the 2009 Best Complete Wedding Photographer, the 2010 Scottish Fashion Photographer of the Year and the 2012 Scottish Portrait Photographer of the Year. He and Donny are now based in Biggar, in Scotland, and have specialized in wedding photography, along with portraits, commercials, and fashion and music photography.

Interestingly, Mark’s shots of Scotland strongly contrast with the rest of his work – and whether his vision of Scottish weather is accurate can become a subject of serious debate. In his travel pictures particularly, he makes a strong use of black and white that gives a dramatic and almost tormented atmosphere to the places he shoots: even an innocent palm tree in Lagos becomes threatening from the perspective of his camera. This is because he works a lot with film and not digital cameras, which is quite an unusual initiative that lends more authenticity to his work. His photos seem like they are from another age and in this sense, they allow us to travel not only through space, but also through time.

To be kept informed of Mark and Donny’s projects, you can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, or visit their official website.

Paul Cooklin

In the world of super advanced technology, black and white photography has gained a new appreciation for its back to basics approach. This happens to be method that Paul Cooklin chooses to exploit and you can see why from his collection of glassy perfected images. Growing up with his dad’s passion for visual arts, Paul was influenced by and ultimately inspired years later to change careers. Encouraged by his awe of cinematography in the Star Wars films, Paul dived into the professional world of capturing pictures. His works have illustrated the pages of Time Magazine and been crafted into a Published Book, Entitled “Cuba on Film”. The Cuba collections are populated with lustrous images of the Caribbean and curated by City Pulse.

The crystal clear realms presented in Paul’s photographs traps the viewer into a sublime location, where harmony is celebrated in the absence of multi colour. Only by taking these scenes to the basics of hue does their impact of size and existence fully hit us. Paul has a knack for glorifying locations in print and on screen, that in reality fall short of his creations; It is not the capturing of a moment but rather a snap shot of a vision. Shunning LCD screens and post digital tweaking, Paul attempts to capture his own concept by developing and hand printing each negative in his own darkroom. Although his work is limited to the mechanics of analogue, the results are equal to that of its photoshoped counterparts. This generates a greater appreciation for how such art is made in a culture where fakery is the norm.It is not so much a documentary of places on the earth but rather a documentary on how Paul see’s or wants us to see the world around us. You could easily imagine his stylised photographs being a coffee table book you go back to time again.

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