I still can't figure out what it is...

Photographs contain some sort of mystery element that I don't think is ever really meant to be solved. Lately I have noticed that the more photographs I take, the more I am drawn to photography. Perhaps it is being in the mindset of seeing and feeling the need to capture a glance just as you saw it. Maybe having the ability to create the world just how you would like to see it is what make photos so magnetic. In making an effort to take photographs every day, I feel like I see differently... or maybe not differently, but more.

Here are some photographers whose photographs continue to capture me:
1. Embry Rucker

This guy was my first favorite photographer. The draw for me was his captivating images of strong figures and athletes, not just movie stars or models. Anyone who can take a helicopter to the top of a mountain, strap themselves to a board, then ride down while making it look effortless is someone I deem worthy of pointing my camera at before I would even think about photographing any 5'10' model caked in makeup and sewn into Cavalli. I first stumbled across his site when the majority of his photography fell under the snowboard, skateboard, and surfing lifestyle category. Now I've begun to see a lot more of a range of lifestyle and travel photography in his work, all with amazing color, contrast, and use of light without ever looking overworked or photoshopped. In early high school I would try to mimic his style, which taught me as a photographer how important it is to fully understand the way lighting works and how a camera works from the basics to the smallest technical details.
See more of Embry's work at his website or blog

2. Lauren Dukoff
 About four years ago I saw Devendra Banhart play a show in DC and there was a woman taking pictures from a half onstage, half backstage position. As I was waiting for the show to start I couldn't stop watching her as she took a few pictures, switched cameras, took a few more, then switched cameras again. It looked like she had two or three cameras, one of which was a medium format.  At that moment I almost kind of hated her only because I wanted so badly to be her, backstage with such beautiful cameras during a such a great show. When I figured out who she was and found her website, I decided it is much better that I am me and not her, because I like her photographs better and she gives me something to look forward to!
See more of Lauren's work on her website, on her blog, or at Giant Artists.

3. Cass Bird
It wasn't until recently that I came across Cass Bird's work, though better late than never! Her photographs are the perfect balance between fashion and lifestyle with a playful element. While looking at her photographs I felt some sort of familiarity to everyday life with a hint of something rare. She makes models like Freja Beha Erichsen or artists like M.I.A. seem less untouchable than any media makes them out to be without removing any of their natural beauty.
See more of Cass Bird's work at her website, her blog, or at Art-Dept.

Thanks everyone for reading, and thank you all for your wonderful comments lately, I really appreciate it!


Sofi Stellar 1/13/11, 2:23 PM  

Wow, these are all really amazing. They're all so inspiring. I love the one of the people walking down the hill in a line, that's pretty cool.

Fashion Fabrice 1/14/11, 4:53 PM  

you have such a great blog!i'm happy i ran into it:) I really like your style and reading your posts!
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hope you visit me back and become my follower too!
Have a fabulous day!


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