I became a photographer because I fell in love with images, with photographs. As a child, I pored over old National Geographic magazines, fashion magazines, our encyclopedias, anything that included images in its pages. I stared at particularly striking or impactful images for what felt like ages, soaking up everything I could from them. Over the years, I have encountered inspiration in photos in many other ways as well. Some photos I can’t bear to look at. Some I can’t turn away from. Sometimes I don’t understand why. Sometimes I feel as though I’m looking at myself. Some images I am overtaken by aesthetically, though symbolically, feel they disappoint. Some images have opened new realms for me artistically; suggested a new way of interacting with photography than I have ever before considered. There are so many ways to be inspired.
What are the most inspiring images (artistically, emotionally, visually, symbolically) that you have encountered recently or long ago? What photographs have left you breathless, choked up, stunned? Which image have you needed near you, to look at repeatedly? Which images have you not been able to look at? Which photos have been symbolically most satisfying to you? Has an image ever been for you the beginning of a paradigm shift?
Post your answers here (links, photos, or descriptions of the photos) to share the inspiration!
Here is one of my many most inspiring images, by Nan Goldin. When first introduced to Nan Goldin’s work, in college, I was overcome by new photographic possibilities. She photographed her life, whatever she encountered, without judgment. She photographed her own weaknesses, among other things, exhibiting empowerment through her courage in photographing them.
Last week, my overwrought computer system finally reached the brink of its capacity, and it became clear that a new system was in order. After three stress-filled days of intense indecision over what kind of new computer system to invest in, and hours upon hours of reading up on the industry standards in photography, pros and cons of PC’s vs Macs, I finally decided to go with an iMac. They say we make decisions with our emotions, and justify them with logic; so perhaps, in the end, I fell prey to the iMac’s sleek white calmness, the inevitable draw of the Other Side, and the proverbial greener grass. Time will tell.
I have been a PC user my whole life, with the exception of my college years, during which I used Macs in our art department for my digital imaging and photo manipulation work. It will be an exciting time for me, tomorrow, when the UPS tracking site states that I will receive this new wonder. The loyal Mac users I know are convinced I will undergo some sort of fundamental shift, and never go back to PC’s. We shall see. I currently see the many uses of both systems, and have found it rather interesting to note in the reading I did, that at this point in time, most parts used to put together a Mac are identical to the parts used for PC’s. They even, purportedly, come from the same manufacturers.
I am, however, looking forward to learning a new system. I am fond of being multi-lingual, and it’s about time I get as comfortable on a Mac as I have become on a PC.
Here is a sampling of some of the photos I took earlier this summer in Texas…
Love going out to Texas and to Misha and Alexis, our wonderful hosts in Alpine! We had such a wonderful trip…
This past week I spent some time going through old family photographs. It’s amazing how a photograph can bring back forgotten moments… this is the reason I first fell in love with photography. There has long been an urge in me to document, to preserve. These windows into the past are so incredibly valuable to me.
I feel so grateful every time someone entrusts themselves to me, photographically speaking. It’s such an exciting, creative venture to photograph people. I am granted the privilege of telling their story for a brief moment in time, becoming a part of the their visual history.
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A lot of work piled up while I was gone, and now I’ve been a little crazy trying to assess everything and get back on track. Janelle Monáe has been serenading me through these stressful times, with her video, “Tightrope”… have a listen…