I’ve been trying to pick up photograhpy again after a few years dry spell. Which means diving deep into the abyss of Youtube, and not actually going out to shoot. Which led me, by chance and algorithm to Jason and his channel grainydays. Jason is a talented photographer and youtuber, and a very funny guy with a twisted sense of humour. Either that or he actually does crystal meth. In this video he talks about being inspired by the art of Edward Hopper, and how his use of light, composition, choice of motives and color in his paintings can be transfered to photography.
I hadn’t heard about Tyler Shields, but apparently he is hot shit in the world of art photography. He is also controversial, as some of his earlier most iconic work seems to be very, very similar to other iconic work. Which is fine of you give the bow when confronted. Unfortunately Tyler does not. But whatever. He is famous now and can do whatever he wants. Which brings me to what I found inspiring about this interview: Intentionality.
Why? Because I don’t have any myself. None at all. I like to wing it. I like chance, luck and chaos. Not only in photography, but in all parts of life. I haven’t made a proper plan in 20 years. But I will. Start to try to be intentional. Soon.
#3 Vivian Maier
Vivian Dorothy Maier was an American street photographer whose work was discovered and recognized after her death. She worked for about 40 years as a nanny, mostly in Chicago’s North Shore, while pursuing photography. During her lifetime, Maiers photographs were unknown and unpublished; many of her negatives were never printed. The moral of the story: Do it for the love of it!
One fun thing I noticed about some of her prints is that people look down. This is of course from the placement of the camera, on her stomach. Been thinking of getting a Rolliflex, as I always get very self concious when raising a camera to my eye. With the Rolliflex the photographer looks straight down, a nice feature for an introvert.