Artist who Inspire me

December 09, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

We all have to get inspiration from somewhere. Images surround us in our homes, schools, places of work and on the streets. It is nearly impossible to honestly say none of these images impact your life or your work.  

I gather most of my inspiration through the museums. I try to make a trip at least every other week and sometimes when I am feeling really lost for ideas, I will go everyday. Other ways I gather inspiration is through reading or watching movies, as well as talking to my best friends and fueling off energy from their work. 

The most powerful inspiration we ever have is the artist we follow. The artist we are attracted to mirror our work, or rather we mirror their work. These can be the past greats or the current up-and-coming artist. What we learn from them is what matters the most. We learn new ways to approach our own work. We see new angles and new lighting techniques. Maybe they cover a subject matter that we ourselves want to cover. 

What is fantastic about the artist that inspire us is that they are unique to us. Two people may be inspired by the same artist but for completely different reasons. This is also what makes it really hard to find other artist to follow. No one can tell you to like, it is a journey you have to go through alone. The best I can do, the best anyone can do, is to expose you to more artist. By showing you who it is I admire and why, maybe you will also see the connection. 

 

I am inspired the most by Robert Capa. As one of the greats, his work never ceases to impress me. I hope to get as close to my subjects as he did. And the way he captured color is stunning. But we all know the greats. Here are a few artist who also inspire me that you may not know. 

 

Hawkeye Huey is the son of Nat Geo photographer Aaron Huey. And he has just signed a contract with Nat Geo creative, making him their youngest photographer. Hawkeye's work began when when his father gave him a Fuji Instax 210 and took him on mini trips. What began as a father & son bonding turned into beautiful polaroids out of the eyes of a four year old.

Hawkeye's work reminds me to always look up. We often spend so much time looking at whats ahead of us that we forget to look at whats all around us. Explore the world and create images that maybe don't always fit in with all the rules. Try taking in the view from a child's perspective and the world begins to look like a very different place. 

 

Tyler Shields is a photographer who I have been following for quite some time now. His work is not what I usually look at for inspiration as it is very fine art oriented. However, I enjoy his use of lighting and framing subjects. His subject matter is always interesting. What really inspires me about his work is that most of his images require a second look. His book, The Dirty side of Glamour, is worth every penny. 

 

Let me know if you guys have any suggestions! I am always looking for more artist to follow!


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