“You Are Here” is a running (5) five part series discussing a variety of contemporary philosophic questions about photography. If you missed the first entry you’re in luck. See here:
Enjoy Part 2…
Previously The Ultimate Compliment focused on what is art, but a more dynamic discussion is who do you think is an artist and who has influenced your photographic work?
This came up over lunch a few weeks back while talking to a couple of friends about photographers that have influenced our work. My friends were quite quick to name photographers including Ansel Adams, Ernst Haas, Eliot Porter, Art Wolfe, Galen Rowell, etc. I on the other hand struggled to pick out photographers by name. Yes most certainly I have been influenced by all those mentioned, but thinking back to when I used to look over my grandparent’s Life magazines and my family’s National Geographic magazines the names of the photographers went unnoticed.
For anyone that knows me this isn’t much of a surprise. Even today I’m more apt to remember a person or place visually than by name. It’s quite embarrassing, but telling of how my brain works. To identify the names of the photographers that have influenced me would take quite a bit of digging and is well beyond the degree of effort I want to take for this blog entry.
None-the-less floating in my mind are hundreds of photographs, some iconic and others less well-known, that have shaped my photographic view of the world. I wish it could be so easy to honestly list off a few photographers and be done with the question. In different combinations these photographs constantly float in the ether of my thoughts and to this day still influence my photographic outlook, goals and style. It’s a bit of a subconscious mechanism.
As I have time I’ll have to dig up images that are ingrained in my memory and research the photographer. It’d be a fun project and it will definitely shed light on who I am as a photographer. For now I’ll stick with the Big 5 previously mentioned and will eventually come up with others.
So with that being said what photographers have influenced your photography?
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