Which artist, photographer or sculptor influences you? What is it that lights off that spark of creativity within yourself?
I love the documentary images of early photographer Timothy O'Sullivan, who showed the true, gritty face of the Old West as it really was. I also love the photography of Texas photographer Shannon Richardson, who captures the modern face of the West.
Its hard to say definitively what it is that sets off that certain "spark" in me to capture a particular scene. Sometimes its just the angle of an item or how the light is shining on a scene. At other times it is something that brings out a strong emotion in me and I need to capture the memory.
There are many photographers that have inspired me through their work and vision: Ansel Adams, Jack Dykinga, David Muench, and Edward Weston are but a few of them. Just seeing great works of art is such a vitamin injection; seeing others work here on FAA sometimes has the same effect on me :-)
My father was a very sucessful craftsman for many, many decades. His love and dedication to his art has influenced me the most. Teaching me to never give up and love what you are doing. There will be times you sell and make good money, other times you might not. Even on his death bed in May all he wanted to do was get back in his garage. He never made it back there.
Interesting question, Cindy! My influences are as widespread as my photography... ;-) Let's take a look the bookshelf near me: Paul Strand, August Sander, Gary Winogrand, Martin Parr, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Adams, Anton Corbijn, Andreas Gursky, Juergen Teller - to name a few... ;-)
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz, and Weegee, which is strange since I've never been into photojournalism. I think it's the deep and delicate shadows. Barbara Morgan with her amazing images of Martha Graham. Paul Strand for his composition and abstraction. My last year of school I interned at a vintage photography gallery. It was such a thrill to get to hold the actual prints from these and other greats in my hands, study them closely, and lovingly pack them up for shipment when sold. A more modern influence is the Starn Twins who inspired multi-media work.
How I see things is how I hope that you would see them through my eyes. I don't try to set up a shot, but try to capture a moment which might at times look like a shot. I love to capture nature as you would see it if you were there. I had to teach myself what would look good in a photo and what would not. I've gone through alot of bad film frames learning this. What we see might not turn out to be all that spectacular in print.
But you do get to the point that you have established how you take your photos and you learn to hone those skills. I'm not there yet and hopefully I never will be because I am always trying to get better.
Thank you, Cindy, for arising this question. Im mostly amazed by the modern photography and photographers, Im just going for the inspiration on Flickr (just sorry to say many talented photographers left this site for the last couple years, but anyway I found them on Flickr and further following them on 500px for example) another inspiration 1x.com where collected the gems of modern photography. I wouldnt say I have a total preference by the names and famous names, Im getting inspired by the particular works and impressionistic painters. And the most inspiration for me its the nature...
Herb Ritts and Yosuf Karsh are two photographers that have inspired me, particularly Ritts' work when I first started out. After seeing his work, I knew that I could, and would create/capture images.
Now, my interests are varied and not limited to people and portraits. There are numerous great nature and wildlife photographers, but for these areas, I have simply gone out and applied my own techniques. As Jenny points out, the net provides plenty of inspiration.
Like many above I dont have a particular person to name as an inspiration. Long before i had time for much photography i would purchase coffee table books featuring the impressionists, Monet only, the American Impressionists and other artists that i enjoyed. I would have bought a wider range but they must not have been on sale-- those big books are expensive. :-)
I really started taking pictures "seriously" when I went digital--like a lot of folks--because it was cheaper. This also coincided with the end of another hobby--cross stitch/needle work--so it came at a good time. Although i never designed my own needlework art, i took great pride in the projects i chose and, depending on what it was, combined it with another project, text or border. I didnt realize at the time that even craft work was art.
As i have mentioned to some of you, I spent 14 years at CNN working in the control room, so i absorbed a great deal about framing shots and what's appropriate, even if I didnt realize it. And in my younger years I had also operated studio cameras and field cameras. Not the same as still cameras, but a great more experience than zero! So my influences (in that instance) were people you've never heard of but, were in charge of bring you the news at the same time.
I don't have an influence, sadly, but I wish I had a style that was all my own. I keep striving for that, something that says that image is Vickie Emms. I am trying. I will know it when I get there.
I have photographed what I love in my eye for over 50 years and now with the digital era I am ever so enjoying this. I've been compared to Ansel Adams in some of my photography in comments from people on another photo site.
It's hard to identify exactly what it is that makes me want to stop everything and capture an image. Probably has to do with the balance and color combined - the way a scene seems exact in proportion and unique. Unique in perspective, not necessarily in content. I am drawn to photographers who capture subtle emotions or character in their images.
I love the work of Ansel Adams. Gods creation of natures beauty inspires. I also love to look at members work on Faa and some comes from something like lighting or a specific scene or a certain expression on a persons face.
As a photographer its all about light, so if I see a quality of light that does something special I'll observe, study, mimic it or modify it. I'm currently very inspired by Edward Steichen and his use of contrasting backgrounds in his fashion portraits... I enjoy looking at Rembrandt's work too!
My greatest artistic influence has come from my mother, who grew up in France just a stone's throw away from either Renoir or Monet's property and has held the dream of breaking through with that great masterpiece her whole life! World War 2 kinda put some of those dreams on hold. She would paint with anything she could get hold of. After coming to the states my father would bring home car paints from the GM factory for her. Our home was filled with her dreams.
As a gallery owner I always enjoyed the work and friendship of Western Artist Jack Terry. He would amaze me with his talent and the knowledge of exactly how to do it. http://www.jackterryart.com/
Ansel Adams... and all those photos of John Muir (whoever took them) The survey works of Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt. Amazing works that capture the attributes of an amazing Creator. Albrecht Durer's penmanship is amazing...
There really are too many to give kudos to. Some great photographers, painters, and digital people on this site.
Which artist, photographer or sculptor influences you?
I love GREAT Photographers..There are hundreds, thousands of them.. Even, there are -very ordinary but GREAT ARTISTS/PHOTOGRAPHERS around- here, or anywhere..
So my answer to this question is;
My answer would be nature.. From photographers, I learn the way they see; or the way to be focused; Each angle helps me to see while taking a shot... But nature influences me a lot..
What is it that lights off that spark of creativity within yourself?
Depends.. It generally is about my thoughts.. Cause it manages everything outside of me.. I follow my heart always; my inner helps me, a kind of guiding light I can describe..
Over my life I have had the fortune to study the art work of number of great artists in art history courses, books, and through the halls of countless museums. Regardless of the art genre, medium, or tools all great artists appear to possess an inate understanding of light, form, and contrasts. From Micheal Angelo's vibrant colors, and three dimensional appearing forms on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to the stunning multi colored black and white granite images of Ansel Adams, to the vibrant blacks and shimmering dark tones of Darth Vader’s costume in Star Wars created by George Lucas the genius of these artists in my opinion was their command of light, form, and contrasts. Like many masters of the arts they were all influential in my life but it was the inspiration of my father and his knowledge of nature that influenced me more than any other to develop a passion for photography.
A lot of my inspiration comes from whichever project I happen to be working on. Right now I am engrossed in Mojave Desert ghost towns and the life story of my maternal great-great grandmother, who ran a "house of ill-repute." This has led me to the photography of people like John Ernest Joseph Bellocq, John C.H. Grabill and Julian Mandel.
I don't think I have anyone that has inspired me to create my abstract art other than the desire to explore where I can go. Georgia O'Keefe and Bev Doolittle are the only two artists that I can bond with though what I do is nothing compared to them other than the feel of warm colors. I do love the cold blue as well, but I feel best when I am within the reds, yellows and oranges.
I have a deep love of Black and White photography because of Ansel Adams, not just because of his pictures, but because of how he took them. He was able to spend hours, even days in the field for that one perfect shot and I envy that. I wish I could spend more time trapesing around the woods looking for a great photograph opportunity to share with everyone else.
My deep love of photography however came from my Uncle and God Father, one in the same man. He was forever taking pictures of me as a child, and just about everything else he saw as well. He was also an avid painter, and master story teller; creative in every sense of the word and he encouraged me to explore my creative side as well. It was his guidance that planted the seeds of creativity in my soul long ago.
My influences include the great nature photographers like Ansel Adams, Galen Rowell, Art Wolfe and David Muench, as well as Colorado photographers like John Fielder and Thomas Mangelsen. During a study abroad in Australia, I fell in love with the work of Australian photographer Peter Dombrovskis, whose work was instrumental in the conservation of various wild places. I agree with Christopher that I find inspiration not just in their photographs but also how they were taken; the countless hours they spend in the field learning to read the light and capturing the story of the place.
As far as that spark, I've found just being in nature or traveling keeps me open to looking for beauty around me even in the minute details. I enjoy taking my camera with me as a means of slowing down, looking at different perspectives and capturing a pleasing scene or detail. I wish I could spend more time traipsing in the woods too!
I feel incredibly inspired and uplifted by the landscapes of Ansel Adams. A while back, I took a trip to California on a photographic pilgrimage of sorts (I grew up near Yosemite); I set off with some of his photographs, camera in hand, to retrace the footsteps of Ansel Adams. My gallery, "Yosemite and Northern California in the Spirit of Ansel Adams" displays some of my successful photographs. I remember searching for some time in Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe, for his exact point of view. After more than an hour, I set up my tripod on a small perch off the curve of the road above Emerald Bay. All the while huge trucks barreled past, shaking me, my camera, and tripod--this did not dampen my glee--I was standing in the exact spot Ansel Adams did 75 years later, and I was overjoyed to see his view!! Later I realized my photograph provided an environmental documentary of sorts, as it was missing a sizable chunk of land and trees down near the water in his original photograph--the erosion 75 years later was actually visible. This was likely from Winter avalanches of rock and snow eroding the steep slope above to drop tumbled trees and land into Emerald Bay. I learned a great deal from contemplating Ansel Adams' photographs and viewpoints, and though I originally envisioned a show to compare his photographs with mine (the photograph I describe did not make the final cut into my gallery), I later came to a very different artistic conclusion. I know that each of us contributes our own gift to the photographic record, a photo depicting a moment illuminating the elements in our environment. And this gift provides inspiration for the future still to come on this planet (yes, we are all connected). In any case, you will see my photos inspired by Ansel Adams in this gallery, and through this trip and these photographs, I definitely feel a bit closer to one of our great masters, Ansel Adams. Shine On Digital Photographers, Anne Barkley