Okay, I admit it- I blog mostly about myself. I don't think I'm narcissistic (although I suppose most narcissistic people are in denial), I just figure if you wanted to read about someone else, you'd go to their blogs, right? ;-) The truth is, I'm a super-fan of other people's photography.
This brings me to the topic of the evening. I’d like to dedicate this post to the photographers that inspire me. Now, in no way is this the complete list of my favorite photographers… My favorites come and go. These are the artists who’s work is currently in my thoughts at the present moment. You see, I need to leave you in good hands for awhile. I will be headed out to India on Sunday for a personal project with filmmaker Cale Glendening (who’s video work inspires me deeply) and Ryan McCarney (if he wasn’t lifting weights, scarfing down protein bars and 8 steaks a day, he might actually be able to become a good photographer.) During this time I will be writing a journal which eventually I will turn into a really long blog post. For now, I recommend following the work of the below photographers.
Here’s my list for the time being, in no particular order:
What all these photographer’s have is a cohesiveness about their work. When I see one of their photographs I think “damn, there’s another great Scott Schafer” or “Lara has made me jealous yet again.” When I say cohesiveness, I’m not saying all their shots look the same. What I mean is that they have a certain polish… a certain trademark that defines them. It’s like a good album- the songs are all different but have some kind of unity being from the same musician recorded in that era of their career. This is what I truly admire in a photographer.
Sometimes it can take years to get this right. I’ve known some of these photographer’s personally for a long time and their first work is nothing like what you see in their portfolios today. It took time and constant visual exploration to have this unique vision. So now when these artists have a gallery show, or when clients go looking to hire an artist for a specific job, they know what visual niche each photographer is fulfilling. Seldom will a client pick a “one size fits all” photographer, they will hire a specialist who can pull of exactly what they need to accomplish. Having a personal “zing” is also what makes many photographers survive in the industry at once.
This vision doesn’t mean the artist’s work stays the same. It is also ever-evolving, their style constantly is pushed to the limit and grows naturally with the photographer. As an image maker myself, I feel inspired (and to be honest, sometimes a little pissed off) watching these talented individuals flourish both creatively, and in business.