One of the biggest growing edges I have is the need to continue seeking out motivation. Senior year when I took a figure painting class that focused on the interaction between artistic depiction of the figure and fashion, we had to keep a weekly inspiration book. It was such a great practice to get in to. While unpacking some final boxes (yikes 2 months later), I came across this book and remembered how alive I felt in my artistic voice during that time.
I am thankful for pinterest to keep track of some of this for me, but it is something I would like to work on.
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
― Chuck Close
James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Nocturn. 1878-87.
Obviously, as a former student of painting, I am inspired beyond photography. While it is important to keep up with contemporary photographers, learn the history, and respect and study the big names… I have to draw on so much more than that. But on that note, here are some photographers who I respect and admire.
“Rather than a profession, photography has always been a passion for me, a passion closer to an obsession.”