I find inspiration everywhere. Whether it be another blog/portfolio, a photographer, a place, a quote, a book, or anything else. Below I'm going to create an ongoing list that I will update over time. This list isn't necessarily just inspiration for my photography, but for myself and who I strive to be as a person. Feel free to comment any photographers or anything else you find inspiration in.
- Emily Blincoe: Ever since my photography teacher introduced me to her work I've fallen in love with it. I don't know if it's her adorable pup, her eye for detail, or the way she simply and flawless executes her photos, but they intrigue me. I especially love her arrangements and her "ampersand" collection. I don't know her personally, but based on her social media presence, she seems like an amazing person; always positive, witty, and down to earth. Here is her page if you want to check her out: http://www.emilyblincoe.com/.
-Olivia Crutchfiled: I stumbled upon Olivia's Instagram by chance one day, and I've been able to watch her improve and grow throughout the last year or so. We are around the same age and I think it's so awesome that she takes such amazing photos, and that she has been so successful on social media at a young age. A lot of the inspiration for starting this website came from her. Here is Olivia's page: http://www.oliviacrutchfield.com/.
-Irving Penn: I simply find his work incredible and fresh. I have never seen anything like it before. His style is so distinct.
-Annie Leibovitz: A classic American photographer. Her work is truly stunning. She shoots a lot of celebrities/magazine spreads and has many beautiful portraits.
-Elliott Erwitt: A street photographer with simply amazing work.
-Mystery Man: My teacher introduced me to him and I have no idea what his name is all I know is that he was based in New York and that he did street photography where he would set his camera up in one place then wait over long periods of time, and snap people who looked similar. For example he would photograph all the men that walked by in black suits and red ties, then he combined the images into one beautiful piece. His work was amazing and it always amazed me how much time put into one single product. If anyone knows who I am talking about please leave his name in the comments. (He used pigeons and balloons a lot as well if that helps at all.)
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Below are links to their Youtube channels. Please check some of them out for some seriously stunning work.
-Sam Kolder: https://www.youtube.com/user/koldstudios
-Nainoa Langer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0rUOhM_-Y7CEX3g7AA_PLw
-Jordan Wright: https://www.youtube.com/user/jwright7788
-Casey Neistat: https://www.youtube.com/user/caseyneistat
-Robert Strok: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiYeFV5Ut8qEaFcODp3hNZQ
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For me, film is a very powerful medium. I enjoy the visual side of things in collaboration with sound and dialogue. I think a good movie is more powerful than any book, article, podcast, or whatever else, because of the human emotion/body language that can be communicated visually. Even if the characters aren't real, the story being told or the message being conveyed is.
-Chef's Table (documentary): If you take anything away from this post, it should be to go watch this documentary. The way it is filmed and the talent it displays is so beautiful. The Introduction clip is especially amazing. Watching world class chefs and how they achieved their goals+worked toward them is so enlightening.
-Dior and I (documentary): I watched this on a plane somewhere (it's also on Netflix) and wow. The fashion industry is one of the most competitive and cut-throat businesses out there, and the way the people work with such focus and purpose is inspiring. They know what they want and they get it done.
-The Intern (movie): First of all, this movie is just really cute. I love Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro is a great actor, but back to the movie. Hathway's character named Jules, is what I wish to be. She's independent and self-sustaining. She creates a very big, very successful company by herself, and doesn't let any outside opinions sway how she wants to operate/run things.
-The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (movie): This movie has a great plot and it's filmed exquisitely. The movie showcases so many beautiful places.
-Devil Wears Prada (movie): Once again a movie about an independent women in the fashion industry who doesn't stop for anyone and loves to prove people wrong. It's pretty funny too.
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More People (not photographers)
-Massimo Bottura: It has always been a dream of mine to eat at Massimo's restaurant Osteria Francescana. After watching the Chef's Table documentary by Netlflix I have become infatuated with Massimo's ideas and creations. I view him as one of the most persistent and talented souls on the planet. I think it's amazing how he went against every tradition there was to explore new ideas, and people hated him for it. No one wanted to see change, but he kept pushing and eventually people got over it. Now he is one of the most celebrated chefs in the world. He is living proof the real life problems can be solved through art and passion. I admire his constant strive towards originality and fresh concepts. I would love to meet him one day.
-Audrey Hepburn: I admire her elegance and class and how she managed to stick out in such a competitive industry like she did.
-Salvador Dali: He might've been a little crazy, but the art he made was something that had never been done before. I visited his museum in Figueres Spain once, the roof was lined in giant eggs and the inside was one of the strangest things I had ever seen, I loved it. Everything in there worked your brain, you had to look from different angles and think about every piece in different ways.
-Lin-Manuel Miranda: He's a writer, actor, composer, rapper, and playwright. His most famous debut is the Broadway play "Hamilton". I just love his music and how passionate he is about his art. He's also super sweet and uses his platform to speak about social issues.
-Mrs. Smith: Mrs. Smith is one of my old photography teachers. She really helped me develop my fundamental skills for photography and helped me realize how much I loved working with a camera. She taught me the ins and outs of photoshop/editing, and introduced me to many photographers I have grown the love. She also has some amazing work, but I'm not going to link it for her privacy. So, Mrs. Smith if you're ever reading this, thank you for helping me discover my passion for photography.
-My parents: Obviously I couldn't exclude my parents from this list. Everyday my parents push me to be my best. My mom's ambition and persistence inspires me everyday. She teaches me to be myself, be stubborn, be strong, stand up for myself, and to dream big. My dad is one of the smartest people I know. He has taught me patience and positivity. He sees the good in everyone, and the beauty in everything, and I aspire to do the same.
-My brother: My brother is a fantasizer. He is creative, and funny, and smart. He teaches me to have fun and not take life too seriously. I know he will do big things one day.
-My best friend: Where to begin. She is an adventurer, and I know she wouldn't hesitate to drop everything and travel the world with me if we could. Hopefully one day. She never fails to make me laugh and she offers some pretty decent advice too. She knows who she is, and she knows I love her dearly. She pushes me to be a better person and taught me that family doesn't always have to be related.
-Anyone with big dreams
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Other (books, quotes, places, etc)
-Hawaii (Maui and Kauai to be specific)
-Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: a book about Louis Zamperini a World War II survivor
-La Vie en Rose by Louis Armstrong (song)
-Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran (song)
-Love, Africa by Jeffery Gettleman: a autobiography about a journalist who travels the world to report the news and find himself in the process
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