Hi, I'm Katie. 18. Rochester Institute of Technology.
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Although I am not extremely familiar with Annie Leibovitz’s work, I am absolutely enthralled by her new series with Jessica Chastain in Vogue Magazine. Annie emulated older painting styles through photography, and the theme was relayed incredibly. I love that Annie took inspiration from art, because art throughout history has always been a huge inspiration to me personally. Annie did what I had always that about doing. Even better, Annie used Jessica Chastain as the model, and because she’s a redhead, I can relate to it even more strongly. She represented themes in her images that I am now working on in my self portrait series relating the how others identify redheads. This series of images is very influential to me.

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Laura Zalenga is another photographer who has been inspiring me for a long time. Laura’s use of color is so unique and different, and I love that it’s very out of the ordinary. The colors she uses makes the images seem as though they were shot in a different world. Her photographs are magical and recall fairytales, which is a big inspiration to me as well. She uses different persepectives and tries things that others would think might never work. I love how she pushes the boundaries of photography and creates incredible work because of it.

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Amanda Jasnowski’s work has been very inspirational to me lately. Her work seems to recall the style of William Eggleston, and I love that the use of film is coming back so strongly. Amanda’s work is very honest and real, and like Eggleston, her work focuses tremendously on color. I like how she never tries to make her images look perfect of corrected, and that she just let’s life happen and captures what she sees. She inspires me to pay attention to color and to take pictures using new and different angles, even if I think it might look bad. 

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Kyle Thompon is a photographer who primarily focuses on self portraits, but who also works extensively with conceptual photography. His photography is very powerful and unsettling, and I love that. I love that his work brings up questions in each viewer about what the picture is addressing, and the hidden meaning behind it. I also love that Kyle first became interested in photography because of the way that it helped him cope with life. I started photography for the same reason, and it’s interesting to see how photography helps others cope in different ways. Kyle also has a fantastic use of color, which I love. His work inspires me to look deeper into the meaning of every picture that I take.

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For my next post, I wanted to return to the classics and talk about William Eggleston. William Eggleston is someone who really defined what it means to use color in photographs. I find his work captivating because instead of emphasizing what is being captured, he is primarily capturing the color that is seen. I love his use of composition, and the fact that none of his images focus on perfection. Eggleston’s work seems to emphasize the grit of the real world, and it’s incredibly inspiring. 

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Julia Trotti is a fashion photographer that has been enormously influential to me. I found out about Julia a few years ago while browsing Tumblr, and since then, I have been following her work. I love that Julia’s work is clean and full of colorful, as well as full of emotion. I love her use of bokeh and that her images look so effortless. Each image captures a beautiful moment, and I love that her images show a strong sense of fashion in a simple way.

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Elizabeth Gadd is a photographer I found recently who primarily focuses on self portraits. Since I am extremely interested in self portraiture, I gather a lot of inspiration from Elizabeth’s style. Her images are so dramatic and dynamic, and present a surreal environment and a large amount of emotion. Elizabeth is also clearly inspired by fairytales, and I am too. I love how she bends reality and creates an image of what she sees in her mind.

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Dustin Adams is a photographer who I’ve been very inspired lately. Dustin’s work is completely surreal, and creates a unique environment within itself. His photography presents a fairytale, and a new a creative use of color that I haven’t seen before. Dustin also captures moments of real life, and moments within an adventure, which i love. Overall, Dustin inspires me to use color in a new way.

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Alexandra Sophie is a French photographer who mostly photographs fashion, but who also captures her relationship with her son. Her images of her and her son are so beautiful , and the relationship between them is so personal and genuine. She makes it very clear that she has a deep love for her son, and that aspect is well illustrated in her work. I love Alexandra’s use of light in her work as well, and the fact that she makes it very personal.

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Although I’ve only found out about Drew Wilson’s photography within the past few weeks, I have already drawn so much inspiration from his work. Drew Wilson is a New York City based photographer who mainly photographs his relationship with his girlfriend, Jenny. His method of photography is completely raw and honest, and I love that about his work. He captures Jenny with such an intense love that is so obvious to the viewers, and it is absolutely beautiful. Drew also photographs the reality of what it means to live in New York City, and the loneliness and sadness that can come along with that. His use of film is also really important in his work, and I love that the film makes his work that much more honest and real. 

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