I have drawn my inspiration for my photography from a pretty small pool of photographers. It isn’t a case of being narrow-minded, I look at a lot of work on a daily basis. It is actually a slot in my daily timetable. I am just very sure of what I like. There is currently a mix of new talent and well-established names who inspire my photography (www.scottchoucino.com) . I have put together this blog post to explain who inspires me and to then show my images that were inspired by these truly amazing photographers.
Who Inspires My Photography?
I was a bit late to the party with Avedon. I had probably been taking photographs for 2 years before I came across his work. His portraits of Americans on a seamless white were so powerful. It was something that I wanted to recreate as soon as I got my hands on a studio. The idea of stripping away everything but the subject really interests me. You can find out more about Richard Avedon at http://www.avedonfoundation.org/
Annie Leibovitz was the first photographer who made me want to chase a career in photography. I remember watching her 2nd documentary “Life through a lens” and being utterly amazed at how she worked and how much of herself she threw into her images. Annie Leibovitz is a true photographic genius. From her work with the Rolling Stone magazine in her early days through to her recent pirelli calendar.
Clay Cook is a relatively new photographer compared to the two icons listed above. Nevertheless, his work and work ethic are admirable. He lights his images in a very similar way to Annie Leibowitz, but with a bit more of a modern twist. Over the last few years, his work has become seriously good and I have developed some serious portrait envy. He is well worth a follow on Instagram, especially if you are into the stories feature.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is the pinnacle of cinematography. I watched it last Christmas over a couple (maybe a few more than a couple) of cocktails and a cigar. The colour pallet, super wide lenses, awkward composition and cuts and the amazing symmetry had my instantly hooked. Before seeing the Grand Budapest, I would have sworn blind that the shining was the best cinematography I had ever seen, but Wes Andersons’ work blew it out the water. I would strongly recommend putting an evening aside for this film.
Emily Soto is another new face in photography. Her work is beautiful and ethereal. She works with a mixture of large format instant films, leicas, medium format and digital cameras. Emily has an amazing talent for building a real and very tangible feeling about the model and clothing that she is shooting. Her lighting is very soft and simple and her entire attention is focused on the subject. A few years ago, I don’t think I would have liked her work, but now I find myself going to it on a daily basis.
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