I'm often asked where I get my inspiration from, or what drove me into photography. I have to say, that my love for photography is simple. To document life. But not just document it, show how I or others lived. One of my favorite quotes regarding photography is, “A birth certificate shows that we were born. A death certificate shows that we die. Pictures show that we lived!” And that is what I strive to do with my photography. Not only to document and capture a moment, but to convey the emotion, the life within the person, and the feelings, expression, and body language all contributing to the sum of the whole. A whole person.
Another inspiration for me, is looking at art, or another photographer's work. Since I delved into photography, I have not only followed a passion, but I have found myself looking at the world in a whole different way. I notice the details, the lighting, the simple and quiet encounters amongst us. The tiniest movement of a hand, a gentle embrace, and a passing glance. I notice texture, colors, vibrancy and even the absence of all of those. Through art, one can show the desperation of their subject, the love emanating from them, or even hurt, anger or pain. All of these were brilliantly displayed by the great artists of their time such as Rembrandt and DaVinci.
One form of modern art is simply looking through catalogs, and one of my favorites is Anthropologie. For those of you that already know about this brand, I'm preaching to the choir! So today when I opened an email from Anthropologie and read that their latest catalog shoot was in India, I gasped. I knew the vibrant colors, textures, and architecture would all play a vital role to their brilliant imagery. Here's a few of my favorites from the website, and feel free to visit them on your own at www.anthropologie.com. These pictures make my heart sing and make me want to be a better photographer. Simply, they inspire me.
How cute is this gray dress? It's even better in purple. I think it loves me to!
Turquoise, or any of the jewel tones, are some of my favorite colors. I love the color pop, the detail around the neckline, and the chandelier earrings. Very ethnic!
Who wouldn't want to spend an afternoon here!
I think my patio will love this hanging chair just as much as I do.