In this weeks class, we have been asked to find a couple of people who inspire us and write a post about how they will influence our studio practice. For my first inspiration, I’ve chosen the famous American photographer Steve McCurry.
Steve McCurry is most famous for his photo called Afghan Girl, which is well known around the globe due to National Geographic using it as a magazine cover in 1985.
All of the following photographs were taken by Steve McCurry:
I really like Steve McCurry’s photographs because of how vibrant with life and colour they are. They show us the eyes into different cultures and what it’s like to live in another country. To me, McCurry’s photos scream ‘life, culture, individualism, pride and humanity.’ The ability to capture such rawness is astounding, and makes me go ‘wow.’
In my studio work, I want to try and integrate some of his techniques into my own photos. For example, I love the vibrancy of the colours and how he tends to shoot outdoors, so I’ll try and work more outside capturing bright nature. His techniques of view point, depth of field, composition and contrast also stand out to me, so I’ll try and keep them in mind while composing my own photos.
In summary, I’m very inspired by Steve McCurry’s photography and his abilities to capture such amazing stories and the nature of humanity.