Sometimes I just take a screenshot of the images I see on the net. I don’t even know who took them. In this case I had to resort to Google Images to recover the name of the photographer: Andrarena from India.
I like it because of its colors basically. I think they work incredibly well together. Also the subjects, their happiness and the fact that it looks like India (i have a deep love for the country), also played a part in this choice.
But these are isolated cases.
Each one of us had their own photographic journey that started in the day we were first infected by this photography bug and ended….well, it is probably still going on.
In this journey we were touched and moved by an numerous amount of photos and an numerous amount of photographers and I have not doubt in my mind that those are or were an intrinsic part of the reason(s) why we now have this beautiful and stress-releaser passion.
Of course each one of us has their own style, their own “thing”. Some of us are into landscapes, some of us are into “street photography” or macro or maybe shooting airplanes. It doesn’t really matter. We were all inspired by someone.
In my case, I think I was inspired by the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams and most recently James Nachtwey.
But the one that influenced me the most was HCB, without a doubt. I bought all his books, saw all his photos, read all his interviews.
I know I will never reach his level of awareness, timing, balance, geometry and sensibility, but I would say most of my images tend to follow his style, with the omnipresence of the human figure, with that “decisive moment” component and the importance of geometry always showing. The problem is that I am and will always be miles and miles and miles away from his level. Everyone Is. Everyone will.