Beautifully Offbeat Photography (13 photos)

Samuel Bradley's photos cannot be neatly categorized. Wonderfully offbeat and somewhat quirky, they truly span the spectrum. As he tells us, "I'm battling with two different ways of working and I don't know which one I prefer. I think most people follow my work and blog for the more quirky, interestingly processed and sometimes a bit 'cliché vintage' photographs. They're accessible to a wider audience, they don't require a lot of explanation and invite people to make their own assumptions and construct their own meanings."

He continues, "Then there's the other side of my work that I think I've only really just begun to explore. The more fine art approach, with a lot of research and context behind it. The whole process is a lot slower, nearly always shot on film, and with an intended meaning behind it which I try to put into words and present as part of the work. Less people follow me for these photographs, but I've been getting more feedback from blogs and zines I admire, and even a few features. I prefer making these kinds of photographs, to me they feel more real, more valuable. But I know that you have to be versatile. I'd like to have a recognizable style, but I'd also like to be available for a variety of jobs. A big trap I think photographers fall into is to pigeon-hole themselves. It works for some people if their work is strong enough but I'm not ready to do that yet."

I asked Bradley to share the story behind the man and the wolf photo we featured a few days ago (see above). "I took the photograph as part of a project in the first year of my Photography degree," he says. "I was working with taxidermy trying to portray the gap between humans and animals. I was also looking at death, and the negative relationship between man and nature. This photo didn't actually get submitted as a final image, because it felt too commercial, too fashionable."

"In all honesty I wasn't happy with the project as a whole, but I got three of my strongest and most popular photographs out of it. The girl in the lake holding an owl, the suited man smoking a cigarette turned away from a stuffed fox, and of course the photograph you featured. I wish I could have created a more coherent series, but sometimes singular striking photographs are all you can hope for, and often end up defining you as an artist for a while."

If you love Samuel's beautifully off-beat photos, you can pick up one of his prints exclusively over at our online art store, My Modern Shop.

Samuel Bradley

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Comment by Andrea Ævars on October 7, 2011 at 12:00pm
I agree with the ones below.
Hipsters being hipstery is not art for me. It's just too "mainstream" (hahah... now all the hipsters cringe :p)

I like the second to last picture and the one above that one.
The rest is just too much like everybody on flickr are doing these days.
Comment by Kombizz Kashani on September 12, 2011 at 9:34pm
you need to think before you click
i am confused in some of your images
hope you are sure what you would like to show to your viewers
Comment by D. Voightlander on June 30, 2011 at 10:24pm
Hm. Skinny people. Extremely skinny extremely young extremely white conventionally attractive people. Being quirky. Representing a minuscule yet over-represented slice of daily existence on this planet. Yay, just what we needed more of.
Comment by Christopher Ronk on May 17, 2011 at 8:10pm
models and taxidermy... which ones look more posed?

I jest. Good work!
Comment by Lea X on May 14, 2011 at 8:27am
i don't really like these. they have the usual tumblr feel and there is nothing special about them.
Comment by Jean Goldie on April 6, 2011 at 11:38am
Comment by Erlend A. Bolstad on March 30, 2011 at 4:15am
Great job!
Comment by kareem mahmoud on March 28, 2011 at 9:53pm
amazing ones ... just perfect
Comment by Stephen M. Barrett on March 25, 2011 at 12:55pm
I love this work, well done.
Comment by Mike Mellor on March 8, 2011 at 1:11am
Stunningly imaginative, beautiful composition, unusual colour effects. The exteriors especially man with wolf I'd have liked even better with infinite depth of field and perfect clarity. Make each image good enough to eat.

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