Have you ever seen "Gone with the Wind"? You know how at the end (Spoiler alert here!) Scarlett realizes that she's always been in love with Rhett? That's how I feel about photography. Looking back at my life I realized that my love of photography has always been there even though it didn't manifest itself into being on the other side of the camera until adulthood.
When I was little I used to go through National Geographic magazine and cut out the 'pretty' pictures; but I remember being fascinated by the people that were photographed as well. The photos were mostly candid and action shots that captured a feeling of the scene or person's life. Enter: my love of portraiture.
During my pre-teen through early adulthood (read: I was the sterotypical angry teenager...), I immersed myself into Rolling Stone magazine. My bedroom walls were covered with cutouts and collages of musicians from Jim Morrison to Trent Reznor and bands from Pink Floyd to Nirvana. My mom LOVED it (kidding - she took them down as soon as i moved out).
After I grew up I dismissed all of this to some form of idolatry, but more recently I have realized that I was affected creatively by the artistry of the portraits. While my primary connection to the people in the portraits was established through an understanding of and relating to the music they created, the photographer's talent is proven in that they captured visually the connection I had only felt through listening.
Other times, I'm drawn to the controversy of the photographers' work in Rolling Stone - they are bold, brave, and most importantly - confident in their art and their artistic eye.
Finally, these days I receive Vogue in the mail every month and it was one of the better decisions I've made. I love love LOVE the artistic style in Vogue photos. They're dramatic, edgy, dark, and beautiful. They give me great vision for my portraiture work.
A-MAY-ZING. I love me some J-Law. She's natural, bold, and (almost) all personality. She is gorgeous.
Another one of J-Law
Probably no other band graced my bedroom walls as a teenager as much as Nirvana. I've always found interesting the juxtaposed ideas of their level of fame and influence and their personal distaste for popular culture. Despite the tragic end of this band, juxtapositions in general remain an inspirational theme for me. (High heels and graffiti, for example).
Okay, they're not musicians, but I love "Mad Men". (And Jon Hamm... SIGH!).