Artsy, Black and White, Fine Art Photography, Photography

Influences and Inspirations in Phototgraphy

Like anything else, you bring yourself to your photography. Your photography is a distillation of experiences and the art and media you consume. Like writing, painting, songwriting – pretty much every creative endeavor – it all gets thrown in the mix.

Along with that comes the importance of the idea of curating what you consume, media-wise. For a writer, this means reading, voraciously, not just the stuff you like or the stuff you would like to write but as much as you can bridging as many genres as you can. Photography as a visual medium has an even greater responsibility not just to look, but to see.

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Fortunately, photography lays its past, present, and ideas about its future out to see for everyone. A lot of photographers today lock themselves into a certain style or genre, emulating but not innovating. Some photographers ignore what has gone before entirely rallying around the mantra that art is subjective as an excuse not to elevate their work or learn. Both approaches are creatively myopic.

My own personal journey in photography has been dictated by being genuinely curious about what came before and attentive to where the road may lead.

I don’t consider myself an innovator by any means, in fact, I would probably consider myself a classicist. But I couldn’t do that without a healthy knowledge of many different styles of photography.

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Take the images in today’s post. These were not planned. I was visiting with family and my youngest niece was petitioning to go outside. Forced to wait she reacted as most 3-year olds do; she hung around the door singing to herself and hanging all over it. Something that caused me to reach for the camera and take these three images.

It was only later that I realized what I saw and recognized the inspiration to grab the camera. I’ve mentioned before how one of my main influences is photographer Ralph Gibson. Gibson is all over these images. I’m still happy with them, but I have to acknowledge the influence that caused me to snap the shutter in the first place.

Your creativity is a river, it should be evolving and changing, taking things in, sweeping along, then leaving them on the shore as you mature as an artist. And occasionally you’ll get a reminder of where it is you’ve come from. An echo of the visual vocabulary you’ve built up over the years. It should make you smile, I did.

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Black and White, Photography, Portrait

Black & White Portraits

The portrait is fairly central to the idea of photography itself. It didn’t take long for the early photographic pioneers to turn their lenses toward their fellow men and woman in an attempt to capture something of the essential nature of the human spirit.

In any portrait, the goal is to form a connection between the subject, removed as they are, and the viewer through the medium of the print. The photographer is the bridge between the two, spanning the gap through technical and artistic prowess. Or so it is hoped.

Black & White Portraits

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Black and White, Color, Editorial, Photography, Portrait, things seen, Travel, vacation

Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation #3

After an unexpected three month hiatus here is the finale of my photostory of Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation. Even though it has been awhile I hope viewers new and old will enjoy these. Clicking on any image below with link to a larger view.

Artsy, Black and White, Fine Art Photography, Nature, Photography, Seascapes

Seascapes & Fishermen (new prints)

My personal affinity has never been particularly geared toward landscapes (or seascapes). It has only been in the last year or so that I have turned my lens toward the subject, and when I do it is for the black and white landscape. This is largely because I think the appeal of black and white photography is especially emphasized in landscape photography. The black and white photograph when done well asks of the viewer that they consider details and tonality in the absence of color. It has always seemed to me to be a meditative consideration.

That being said, the next post may well be something in the same vein but a bit more colorful, and after that something of a photo-story.

All but one of the images shown are available as prints here.

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Artsy, Black and White, depth of field, Fine Art Photography, Nature, Photography, Seascapes, Travel

Seascapes et. al. (new prints)

My trip to Hawaii a couple of weeks ago was fulfilling on many levels, not the least of which was photographic. I am well-pleased with the short series of photos I made during that stay and will be sharing them here for the next little while. Many of them will also be available as prints at my site; including the three in this post.

I hope they provide as much satisfaction to you as they do me.

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Black and White, Color, depth of field, Editorial, Landscapes, Nature, Photography, things seen, Travel, vacation

Punalu’u Beach (black sand beach)

Yesterday saw us hitting the road to explore a novelty of the island; Punalu’u Beach, singularly noted for the features of its black sand and the presence of Green Sea Turtles. Unfortunately, the turtles did not make an appearance during our time there.

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