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I love this topic. I have started such a topic about once a year for as long as I've been posting here. My responses have somewhat changed over the years. Like you, Morby, I was surprised at the responses that sited that they were not inspired by anyone in the industry. I even viewed them as flippant. I couldnt understand it!
I am starting to understand it now. I think if you look at the people that inspire you, you will see one common theme....their work seems so 'true to themselves'. I think that is what other people can really sense about other's work. I think that is what draws people in. Its sort of like confidence. How does the guy get the hot chick at the end of the bar? Confidence. How does he repulse her? Fake confidence.
I think ultimately we have to stop looking outward and start looking within to find ourselves.
With that said, there is definitely room for inspiration in our field. I think my greatest source of inspiration was Annie Leibovitz's "A Photographer's Life". The volume is really a stray from her HUGE production shoots. APL is an intimate, intense, tender collection of images that she has taken of her own family/friends over the years. THATS what I wanted my family photography to look like. Thats how I wanted it to feel.
I think photographers make a mistake when they see something they like and it inspires them and they run out and do it and try to pass it off as 'true'. What I think ends up happening in this scenario is that 'something new' comes along and they try that, etc, etc. I feel like this sort of thinking really reeks of desperation.
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