Photography has the power to transform the perspective of both viewer and photographer. The images that stick can transport you a world away and truly convey the soul of their subjects. The Black and White Street photographs by Jordan Stead inspire wanderlust while capturing the true soul of the places he’s traveled.
Phoblographer: Why high contrast black and white? What does it do for you?
Al-Khoury is the owner of Darat Al Tasweer, a specialized centre for photography located in the inspiring Jabal Al Lweibdeh. She specializes in breathtaking stills of nature and environment and is widely known for hosting weekly and monthly photography hangouts, where she shares her expertise. Visitors can join in a photography spree all around Jordan.
Jordan Stead: Digital for ease of use and dissemination. P&S because, as an alterative travel camera to my SLR, it is quite literally all I want to do: point and shoot. As mentioned, it’s an incredibly cathartic experience to make pictures without concerning yourself with technical requirements and nuances, such as when photographing for a paying client. For me, the GR perfectly served this purpose – and actually fit in my pocket.
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Phoblographer: This is much different from the K-9 portrait work, so what made you want to get into doing street photography?
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Street shooting has always represented the opposite of my staff photojournalism and freelance visual production work. Street is a total “creative juices” affair; my photographic equivalent to the “stream of consciousness” practice for authors of the written word. Photographing the street is fast, messy and cathartic.
Mohammad expresses his passion for fashion photography through different perspectives and backgrounds, using wonderful editing techniques to finish up his work of art.
Mr. Al Saqqa is a professional portrait photographer, the owner of Robina Studio, and the personal photographer of His Majesty Prince Hasan. He has been in the trade for over a decade, and has a high profile for being favoured by the Royal family.
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This esteemed gentleman is iconically known for his jaw-dropping lively images, which once seen, you can’t help but stare mesmerized at his genius timings. Ali is a black-and-white photography specialist, whose photographs are so scarily alive, that if you look close enough, you might imagine the figures in motion!
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Black and White Bangkok: The Street Photography of Jordan Stead
Jordan Stead: The K-9 work was one of countless assignments I shot while on staff as a photojournalist for editorial outlets. I by no means ever was – or probably ever will be – a purely pet portrait photographer. The dog photographs were part of a one-off project.
Jordan Stead: I’ve always photographed and toned for “the crunch,” whether in color or otherwise. The GR quickly became my “least effort” photographic tool, and in turn, I utilized one of the excellent monochrome presets that comes baked into the Ricoh. I’m normally a manual shooter on SLRs, but with the Ricoh, I dabble in Aperture Priority. While setting a specific ISO has always been in practice, my GR remains primarily in Auto ISO. Even my controlling nature of shooting SLRs with specific AF points was ditched in favor of the GR’s excellent “Snap Focus” mode. My GR mindset: how can I dumb this thing down enough to eschew technical details and come away with personally meaningful photographs?
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Seattle-based photographer Jordan Stead considers himself to be a visual storyteller, and has over a decade of experience creating images for both editorial and commercial clients. Jordan has a natural love for life that comes across in his personal work as well as in his writing.
Jordan Stead: Ha, when you put it that way, I get even sadder than the day I sold my Fuji off to a good home. By no means did I intend to replace my trusty X100S, but it spent an awful lot of time on my bookshelf this past year. While I use my SLRs for work, the X100S was always my travel and play-around camera. After it took an involuntary hiatus from use, a friend of mine offered up his Ricoh GR to me for an extraordinarily low price. I nabbed it with little prior knowledge, choosing to discover the magic of the camera through use, rather than market research (such as with more expensive photographic purchases). So far, I couldn’t be happier.
A Creative Director and Director of Commercial Photography at Robina Studio, a graphic designer, a billboard and commercial photography specialist; Omar is the whole package of what a real moving talent ought to be. He shows passion for his work through a unique artistic touch seen clearly in his edgy photography. Additionally, he would happily perform regular photoshoots upon booking and requests.
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Phoblographer: What typically motivated you to click the shutter on specific moments? Did it have to do with emotions? How do you feel you captured the feelings in your images? Does black and white help there?
As Jordan was too small for his rapid-growing talent, Abusrour has relocated to Dubai where his art exploded onto the international scene. Keep an eye out for his editiorial work in Vogue, and follow him on Instagram for living proof of his mesmerizing vision.
Phoblographer: Why digital? Why not film? And why point and shoots?
Anas Abu Jaber is the master of composition and editing. He goes around shooting one wedding after the other, bringing out the details of each moment and using every stream of light to his benefit when creating masterpieces.
Young Sarah has a genuine talent for bringing out the beauty of the human soul in her surreal natural photographs.
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We recently had an opportunity to speak with Jordan about his latest travel photography project – capturing the streets of Bangkok. Phoblographer: What made you ditch your Fuji?
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Photography is a controversial art in Jordan. However, that has not stopped these top 10 talented photographers from creating impressive pieces of work to watch out for, so explore their skills with this guide.
A young professional who has taken on photography as a passion. His beautiful eye and high-profile editing can clearly be seen in every shot he works on.
You can contact or see more of Jordan’s work on his website.
Maybe it’s because I haven’t worked with a “point and shoot”, truly pocket-sized camera in a decade, but the GR’s no-nonsense feature set and back-to-basics construction brought me great joy in recent months.
It casually accompanies me more often than other cameras have in the past, I’m not caught up in laborious “photographer thoughts”, and I’m coming away with images that keep me creatively satiated in new ways.
Now let’s just hope its build quality lasts me longer than six months of abuse.
Farras Oran is famously known as Her Majesty’s, Queen Rania of Jordan, personal photographer. His privilege of being the Queen’s personal escort, and his unique eye, make him one of the highest recommended photographers in Jordan and the Arab Region.
Jordan Stead: Shooting without color does two things to a photographic mind. One, it eliminates the possibility of leaning on color as a crutch to claim a “good” photograph. Secondly, it allows a photographer to focus solely on use of available light and attentiveness to natural moments, especially when on the street. The process is streamlined, simplified. I react even faster to moments, shapes and visual urges than I would with a bigger camera or shooting for color.
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