At this time of year, the exhibition that I have probably visited the most, takes residence at the National Portrait Gallery. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is an annual competition which promotes the best in contemporary portrait photography and is well worth a visit. I have entered before and am hoping that I am currently capturing something that will prove more successful in 2015.
This has prompted me to show you some of my early Fine Art work and more conceptual photography and talk about what inspires me when I am creating my own portfolio work.
When I grow up
My nephew was one of my submission to the Portrait Prize and this image says so much about his age then. It is interesting to see how my work has changed since then, with this recent black & white image.
An Inclination to Sin
This was part of my final degree work, which got me a First Class Honours. Conceptual artist, Greg Lucas was my tutor and he really transformed how I approached my work.
Bailey and Rankin
I had admired the work of these titans in the business separately, but it was on watching the documentary, ‘Seven photographs that changed fashion’ where Rankin re-created seven iconic images from photographic history, that inspired me to push some boundaries and try it out for myself with my fabulous photographer friend, Matt Glover. The Bailey exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery this year was superb and I was lucky enough to see Rankin in Conversation at The Photography Show this year also.
The fact that this woman’s portfolio of work started at such a young age is impressive and what, where and how she created work until her death at the age of 22, is phenomenal. You can see the influence in my body of work that surrounded the subject of my infertility.
Gregory Crewdson and Kirsty Mitchell
The immense scale these photographers go to for a single image is just breathtaking. This would be my absolute ideal photography on a day to day basis and when I get families that are willing to go that extra mile for something different, I am usually squealing with delight at them.
The Afghan Girl is an image that I first saw at college and it made me realise that photography could be something much more than I had imagined before and also gave me a love of travel photography. Friends and I got to see him talk about his work this year and a chance meeting with him later in the bar, left me a little star struck. A definite inspiration as I capture Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
There are so many other artists, photographers and books that inspire me, but I simply wanted to show a glimpse into my inspirations and my work. To be inspired by anything, be it to attain your goals, spend more time with the family, push your boundaries, or more, is probably the most important value in life.