For photographers, inspiration comes in many forms: some from abstract thoughts, some from life experiences. When inspiration isn't as forthcoming, it's helpful to look at those photographers who forged their own creative paths.
In this video, Marc Silber, of Advancing Your Photography, sits down with documentary photographer Daniel Milnor to discuss some of Milnor's favorite image-makers. Instead of just going through a list of names and portfolios, he used word association; specifically, he came up with a list of words to describe the qualities of a great photographer, then he picked one person who he thought best encapsulates each word. It's a neat little thought experiment to try for yourself.
There was one thing that Milnor briefly mentioned, which really hit me. He voiced his frustration at having to look at "another over-saturated landscape image." Why did it hit me? Because I felt like he was describing my work. Obviously, he wasn't talking about me specifically, but there's a reason why I felt a little twinge in my stomach — there's nothing terribly original about my landscape images. I'm comfortable in saying that because acceptance and recognition of a flaw is the first step towards growth. Now, am I willing to put in the work to improve? That's a question that every photographer needs to ask themselves if they have aspirations.
Which of the photographers mentioned in the video resonated with you?