Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna (born 1953) is an English photographer best known for his black and white landscapes. It appeals from the design perspective and mirrors other areas of my interests.  the arty farty

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His work appeals to me as it verges on Landscape Art/Installation Art ala Andy Goldsworthy

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Huge fan of his work, also love Bondi sculptures for the same moments.  Hope to do something like this for my portfolio??

 

 

 

Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White (June 14th, 1904 – August 27th, 1971) was an  American photographer and documentary photographer. Her main specialist area, after studying at Cornell University and Columbia University, was in architectural photography.

She is now best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet industry, the first female war photographer and was one of the original 4 photographers who launched LIFE magazine.

Her visualization is completely entrenched in social realism, her social awareness and commitment to social causes developed through her photo-journalism and as a witness to, and recording,  world events from the 1920’s through to the 1950’s.

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The pain and the questions being asked in the faces of those caught in these moments of stark resignation of fate.

 

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Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon (May 15th, 1923 – October 1st, 2004) was an American fashion and portrait photographer.

Avedon is well known for his fashion photography but it is his portraits that astound me. This portrait of William Casby (1923-2004) had a profound effect on me. I first saw it at an exhibition at the National Portrait gallery in Canberra. William was born into slavery in Algiers, Louisiana, USA.  His face haunts me with the look of ?Why me? and the pain, indignity and stoicism he needed to endure and survive.

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I hope, someday, to capture a portrait as strong and memorable as this.

Photographers who feed my Creativity, Inspiration and Passion

Imagery and design, including all forms of visualization, have been a passion of mine for a very long time.

Photography is a major form of  visualization.

I believe in the adage “A picture is worth a thousand words”.  This refers to the idea that we can learn more and absorb more amounts of data more quickly with just a single image than by reading.

Russian writer Ivan Turgenev wrote (in Fathers and Sons in 1862), “A picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound.”

Sometimes our education system is geared to the reading and learning parrot fashion yet an image is more memorable and can convey more data to be absorbed and this is the main goal of visualization, you can read as much or as little as you want.  Recalling the image recalls the information and with that information the interpretation. This is the area of photography that interests me.

This is not ‘award winning make a million bucks’ photography, but more about capturing moments in time that inspire and are thought provoking.  These are images that can capture a nations sensibilities of a certain period of time with just one photo.’

I have followed the careers of several photographers and I am left in awe of their work.  I can only look and then feel I have been caught in the headlights of an oncoming train with the information given to me through their photos.