What Are Your Sources of Inspiration?

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

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Photographers get inspiration for their images from many different and different kinds of places. One of my friends finds it in the paintings og old world master; I get much the inspiration for many of my photographs from the movies.

When I watched the DVD of Frank Capra’s 1937 classic Lost Horizon I was struck not just by the elegant cinematography but also by looking at the still images that were shot on 4×5 film and used to illustrate a “making-of” video on the disc. This was truly the golden age of Hollywood still photography. Movie fans: The newly restored 80th Anniversary edition Blu-ray of Lost Horizon is available and it is stunning.

The above photograph was was shot using a mirrorless camera but what I saw on the LCD screen immediately caused me to think about Andrei Tarkovsky’s Russian film Solaris (not the more recent one starring George Clooney.) There are several scenes of a planet’s— called Solaris—surface in which swirling grasses are seen and it was those scenes that inspired me to make this image.

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For another approach to creative inspiration, pick up a copy my friend Rick Sammon’s book Creative Visualization for Photographers, which is available from Amazon at an affordable price.