Category: Inspirations

Article about the 4 Phases of Developing your Creative Voice

I really liked this article about the 4 phases of developing your creative voice. I’ve been working and striving as a photographer for what feels like a really long…

Kubrick’s use of 1 Point Perspective

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective from kogonada on Vimeo. I really loved this video essay about how Stanley Kubrick used 1 point perspective in his movies. 1 point perspective…

Avoiding the Trap of Knowledge

“Knowledge plays a paradoxical role in an individual’s ability to discover. Firsthand experience supplies the raw materials from which new ideas are forged but can carry with it…

90% Darkroom – Article about W. Eugene Smith

The website “A Photo Editor” has this article which is an excerpt from this interview  with James Karales, who worked as a darkroom assistant for the legendary W. Eugene Smith….

Using Graphic Design Mood Lines in your Photography

I really loved this post about how different shapes in graphic design can lead to different feels to the final image. Using graphic design principles in photography can…

Austin Kleon Talk about Creativity and the Process

Austin Kleon, Show your work from Confab Events on Vimeo. It’s no secret that I’m a huge Austin Kleon fan. His book “Steal like an Artist” is why…

Joshua Davis Interview about being a Creative

I really liked this interview with Joshua Davis by Ryan & Tina Essmaker for The Great Discontent. Joshua has some great things to say about being creative and has…

Seth Godin by Bill Wadman

Art advice from Seth Godin

I really enjoyed this interview with Seth Godin for “On Being” with Krista Tippet. He has some great advice for how to create a career in a post-industrial…

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City Multiple Exposures by Alessio Trerotoli

I love these kinds of multiple exposures of urban landscapes… they convey such a sense of chaos and fragmentation that would have never showed up in just a…

Photo Illustrations By Zachary Scott, Retouched by Amy Dresser

Little kids as old People Photoshoot – Retouched by Amy Dresser

I love the concept and execution of these Photographic Illustrations by Zachary Scott. If I had kids, there would be so many pictures like these of them, it…

Golden Spiral in Photography

I found this great article on the Guardian about how some quick pictures of a brawl at an Ukrainian Courthouse has amazing composition, rivaling the composition of renaissance artists…

Street Photography by Fan Ho

  I’m no Street Photographer, but you can’t help but be amazed by these pictures by Fan Ho. Born in Shanghai in 1937, he moved with his family to…

Neil Gaiman Inspirational Speech for New Creatives

I’m a big fan of Neil Gaiman’s. From the Sandman, to his short stories, to his run on “MiracleMan”…. he’s pretty great. And this speech is no exception….

Curating Inspiration

One of my favorite new websites is Curiator. It’s a website that lets people link to and upload pictures of art, and then you can put pieces you…

10 Things that Spell Disaster for Photographers, by Joel Grimes

I really liked this article by Joel Grimes. A lot of what he says here really resonates with me and what I’ve seen as a photographer, but my…

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Edward Hopper homage by Javier Vallhonrat

This picture is by Javier Vallhonrat from 2005 for Fendi and Flair. It is an homage to the american painter Edward Hopper. I really like this picture. Let’s…

Ryan McGinley Commencement Speech 2014

This commencement speech by Ryan Mcginley has some great advice for new photographers. Check it out, it’s pretty great!    

Bayhem

I’ll admit it. I’ve been a bit obsessed with Michael Bay here lately. His movies are terrible, but I’ve still been rewatching Bad Boys a lot and trying…

Great Macro shots and advice by Anick Morel

Anick Morel is a photographer who works with smashed lightbulbs, cream and soap bubbles. Hit this link for some great advice on capturing the last gasp of a…

Early Photographs by Stanley Kubrick

„Eyes Wide Open“ – The photographic early works of cult film director Stanley Kubrick.  

Dracula Costume

Documentary on Costume design for Bram Stoker’s Dracula

I found this documentary about the costume work done in Bram Stoker’s Dracula the other day, and it really reminded me just how crazy the costumes were in…

Marc Hauser Video

Marc Hauser is quite a legend. The Chicago native has been putting out amazing pictures for decades. I first came across this video of him years ago, and…

Inspiring Cinematographer – Harris Savides

DIY Photography has a great feature up right now about cinematographer Harris Savides, and his work. I had never heard the name Harris Savides, but I’ve definitely seen…

Inspiring Photographer – Saul Leiter

I am amazed by Saul Leiter. I just watched “In No Great Hurry” and it was an amazing introduction to his work. All of my Reflection pictures lately…

“Steal my Ideas” by Seth Godin

This article by Seth Godin has a lot of things in it that I’ve been turning over in my head here lately. Ever since I started this blog…

Inspiring Photographer – Michal Mozolewski

I use the term “Photographer” loosely on this one, because Michal Mozolewski doesn’t take pictures, as far as I know. Instead he starts with images from other people’s…

An Introduction to Albert Watson

Fall 2010 Feature: ALBERT WATSON from RETV from Resource Magazine on Vimeo. To be completely honest with you, I didn’t know the name “Albert Watson” until I watched…

Inspiring Photographer – Silvia Grav

I really like this image by Silvia Grav. It’s part of her “Universe” series, and it’s one of those images that just speaks to me and makes me…

Tim Engle Framed Show Profile

There is a lot of gold in this video with Tim Engle from Framed Network. A lot of his techniques are incredibly powerful, and what he has to…

Inspiring Photographer – Marc Lagrange

A link to Marc’s website — http://lagrange.be/ (beware, there are naked people on the other side of that link) I really like Marc’s work. His tones, his processing, his…

On a Roll

I’m not sure why, but it seems like I’ve been in a bit of a creative whirlwind here lately. Ideas have been coming quick and easily, and I’ve…

The only constant is change

Wow. This article is pretty amazing. It’s like a drop kick to the head of the idea that “good enough” is the goal. Seems like twenty years ago…

How to do Hard Light Portraits by Oleg Ti

I really enjoyed this hard light tutorial by Oleg Ti on the Profoto blog. One of the best things about it is the way Oleg explains his process,…

Inspiring Photographer – Vincent Peters

I’m a big fan of Vincent Peters. He shoots mostly in black and white, and has really amazing light in all of his images. He shoots mostly on…

“Find an Itch” by David Duchemin

David duChemin is one of my favorite photographers. Not for his images (even though they are uniformly great) but more for what he says. He writes books for…

Inspiring Photographer – Michal Karcz

I read a lot of digital illustration type magazines. There’s a lot of overlap between digital painting and working on a picture in photoshop. A lot of digital…

Inspiring Photographer – Irving Penn and his “Corner” shots

Let’s break down this shot by Irving Penn, shall we? This was a favorite setup of Penn’s in the 1940s. He set up two “walls”, large pieces of…

Interview with Ryan Muirhead about Creativity, Depression, and what being a Photographer can mean

“What could you say with one image about where you’re at right now?” – Ryan Muirhead I really enjoyed this interview with Ryan Muirhead (link slightly NSFW) by PetaPixel….

Inspiring Photographer – Heisler talks about Vision

Heisler on vision: “The answer isn’t in the techniques, the answer is within”. I’m a big fan of Gregory Heisler, and this whole Profoto series on Youtube is…

Show Your Work!

I’m reading “Show your Work!” by Austin Kleon at the moment, and he said this: “Share Something Small Every Day” So this is my most precious idea at…