Have you noticed the art of photography has now been been regulated to the status of the enthusiast. Everybody makes pictures, But because its easy doesn’t mean its less difficult. Over the last couple of decades there has been an explosion in the photographic world, it’s cool to take photographs, anybody can copy trends or styles. But only a vision-that is what one must have.
Although Im a photographer I don’t look to other photographers for inspiration, unless it’s the greats like Walker Evans, Bill Brandt and Ernst Haas, then you cannot help but be inspired. But it’s painter’s that teach me more about light than any other creative. I mean take a close look at J. M. W. Turners work, now that man knew how to convey a feeling by just placing pigment on a canvas. But I’m a photographer and the only means I have to express whats in my head is to use a camera to record light. So its light I look to first, then when I feel I have that worked out I can make pictures.
This series of portraits of a talented artist friend of mine, Paul Macklin I approached with Rembrandt in my thinking. I love the way Rembrandt lights portraits, rich and full of depth. these where shot under Paul’s awning with one light fired through a honey comb grid and another fired back out of shot but angled just enough to catch the right amount of light fall off I needed under Paul’s right eye and cheek bone. I wanted richness and depth to this series and it appears I caught it.