Hello! Welcome back to this weeks blog! So I thought this week I would share a section from my senior thesis. These are a few of my favorite and inspirational photographers, some of them are famous, some of them are local.
Ansel Adams was a photographer and environmentalist, born in San Francisco, California. (1902-1984). On Ansel Adams website, his biography discusses his early years such as when Adams was twelve he taught himself to play the piano and read music. For the next dozen years, the piano was Adams’ primary occupation and by 1920, his intended profession. Although he gave up music
for photography, the piano brought him substance, discipline and structure to his youth. Adams’ love of nature was nurtured in the Golden Gate, his life was, in his words, “colored and modulated by the great earth gesture.”(Ansel Adams Biography) He spent substantial time at the Yosemite Sierra. He began using the Kodak No. 1 Box Brownie his parents had given him. He hiked and explored, gaining self-esteem and self-confidence. Though wilderness and the environment were his grand passions, photography was his calling. Adams never made a creative photograph specifically for environmental purposes. Reviewers characterize Adams as a photographer of an idealized wilderness that no longer exists. www.anseladams.com
Dorothea Lange was a photographer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey (1895-1965). On Bio.com, they had a lengthy biography about Lange and her accomplishments. During the Great Depression, Dorothea Lange photographed the unemployed men who wandered the streets. In 1934, Lange had her first exhibition which established her reputation as a skilled documentary photographer, and in 1940 she received the Guggenheim Fellowship, which she was the first woman to be awarded. Her first real taste of documentary photography came in the 1920s when she traveled around the Southwest mostly photographing Native Americans. For five years, she traveled with a man named Paul Taylor, documenting the rural hardship they encountered for the Farm Security Administration. Taylor wrote the reports and Lange photographed the people they met. The body of work included Lange’s most well-known portrait, “Migrant Mother.” “Lange’s access to the inner lives of these struggling Americans was the result of patience and careful consideration of the people she photographed. “Her method of work,” Taylor later said, “was often to just saunter up to the people and look around, and then when she saw something that she wanted to photograph, to quietly take her camera, look at it, and if she say that they objected, why, she would close it up and not take a photograph, or perhaps she would wait until they were used to her.” www.biography.com/people/dorothea-lange-9372993
Sally Mann;’s website has a printable PDF biography that talked a lot about Sally Mann and her family. She was born in Lexington, Virginia (1951) and is one of America’s most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards such NEH and NEA and Guggenheim Foundations grants. She has been photographing the American South since the 1970s, producing series on portraiture, architecture, landscape and still life. She is best known for her evocative and resonant landscape work in the South and for her intimate portraits of her family, he young children and her husband. Her work has attracted controversy at times, but it has always been influential. Since her first solo exhibition at
the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. in 1977, she has attracted a wide audience. In her most recent series, Proud Flesh, taken over a six-year interval, Mann turns the camera onto her husband, who is suffering from late-onset Muscular Dystrophy.
The photographs are candid and extraordinarily wrenching of a man at his most vulnerable moment. Mann has experimented with color photography; she has remained mostly interested in black and white. In the mid 1990s she began using the wet plate collodion process to produce pictures that seem like hybrids of photography, painting, and sculpture. sallymann.com
Finding information on local and recent photographers is a little bit harder to find. A big example of inspiration for me is Brooke Clark. She is the owner and photographer at Studio B Portraits. She is a 1995 graduate from the University of Washington and started her business in January 2004. Her portraits are fashion inspired, and she describes them as a blend of art and luxury. Her work has been featured in 425 Magazine, GQ Magazine, Seattle’s Child, BABY, and Parenting Magazine.
Last year, I interviewed Brooke about the industry., and the advice she gave me was amazing. “I would tell someone new to get as much education on the business of photography as much as the art if they want to do it for a lifetime. Another question I asked her was, “How do you continue to grow as a photographer?” She responded with, “I continue to travel to take classes, courses and workshops each year to make sure that I am keeping up my skill and improving. Never stop learning and adapting is really the key for me.” She is definitely a good example of someone who I can look to as inspiration as a business woman and photographer. If you would like to learn more about her and her studio go to studiobportraits.com or www.facebook.com/studiobportraits
Kerry Carty is a Seattle, WA based photographer who works as an on location photographer. Her website says, “My sessions are fun and built around showing off the real you. I have a relaxed and photo journalistic approach, and love capturing genuine moments.” Before working in photography, Kerry spent 15 years in Account Services for Seattle advertising agencies. And although she enjoyed working with clients, her life-long passion was calling and was time for a change. Four years later, she started her business photographing families, little kids, high school seniors, professionals, and musicians.
I recently found Kerry when I was asked to find a local photographer I could find inspiration from. I was instantly in love with her work. You will see in my next section that I discuss about how I love to capture genuine moments and I hate fake smiles or poses. I love when client look natural, because they are regular people, most of the time we aren’t working with models, so they need to look good. If you would like to learn more about her and her studio go to kerrycarty.com or www.facebook.com/kcartyphotography
The month of June is going to be very very busy for me and my family. Mainly because I am getting married on the 25th! So the whole month of June is going to be very much wedding related.
Next week I am going to have a sit down and talk with you all about my life and some of my upcoming goals. The following week we are meeting with our wedding photographer, so I thought I would introduce her as well as share with you some questions that I find helpful when looking for a wedding photographer. And then the final week, I will share with you the location of our wedding!
I hope you enjoyed this weeks blog and you are looking forward to this month of wonderful wedding surprises! If you have any questions or comments please comment below, email me, or private message me on Facebook!