Photo by © Thomas Leuthard
I know, I'm a day late with Talent Tuesday this week. I was sitting down to write the post last night, and I had a couple photographers in mind - fellow Colorado photographers whom I both admire, one a portraitist and the other a landscape photographer - yet I just couldn't get fired up to write about either one of them at the time, even though I know them and love their work. I couldn't figure it out, why the words just couldn't come to write about either one of them. The words weren't there, though, and I couldn't force it, so I just went to bed without having completed my task.
Then today it hit me. I just wasn't in the mood to consider or write about either of those types of photography right now. Maybe because I'm always so involved with those in my own work as it is... What I have been thinking about a lot lately, though, is really good street photography, what separates the greats from the rest of us.
Enter Thomas Leuthard. If you follow street photography at all, you're probably already familiar with him. He lives in Switzerland, but he's known all over the world. He also practices his craft all over the world. Whether he's at home in Switzerland or traveling elsewhere in Europe, America, India, or elsewhere; his trusty camera is with him, and he's documenting everyday life out on the streets.
Despite his prolific body of work and his worldwide following, photography is actually not Mr. Leuthard's profession. His full-time work is as a software engineer. Nor is he focused on making money from his photography. He's written instructive eBooks to aid fellow photographers, and doesn't charge a dime for them. He allows free use of his photographs for anyone who cares to use them. It's all about love the craft, sharing, and aiding others. It's really quite remarkable, as I think he could easily make a living at this.
Also, his work shows that you don't need the best and most expensive equipment to take a good photo. He's not walking around with a D800 and an arsenal of lenses. No, he shoots with a micro-4/3 camera - currently an Olympus OMD, formerly a Panasonic GX1 - and a couple of pancake prime lenses. He typically shoots with a wide angle lens, believing that you need to get up close to the subject to really feel them. His work is close-up and unflinching, making for some truly remarkable photographs that make you feel like you're right there.
Almost all of his work is in black & white, true to the standard street photography ethos. The only time he shares images in color is when the color itself tells the story, such as in this photo:
Mr. Leuthard shares his work prolifically across social media and image sharing sites, so be sure to check out his body of work. You can find him on Flickr, 500px, Facebook, and Google+, as well as on his own website.