A Nod {Fine Art Photography, Effingham, Illinois}

  Thinking last night about what photographers inspire me.  There are so many.  I only took one introductory course in photography, so to be honest, I'm not all that well versed in the photographer greats.  We did briefly study some photographers in class and one of the assignments was to recreate a great photographers shot.  I picked a photograph by Emmet Gowin, of his wife Edith.  A simple shot of the back of her head, against what looked like water to me. I thought it was so beautiful.

The subject of copying art was what moved my train of thought last night.  When is it copying and when is it being inspired by?  It's a fine line.  This was one of two times I've ever intentionally copied a photograph.  I'm going to post about the other time next!  There's a good book on this very subject that can explain it better than I can.  Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon. Great book.

If you're interested in Emmet Gowin, there's a great interview with him here.  At one point in the interview he talks about when photographs appear to be inspired by others, when in fact, they're not.  I feel this way a lot.  I think I have this really cool, unique photograph that I created all by my lonesome, only to discover later on, other photographs that look exactly like it!  Such a bummer.

Below is my nod to Emmet Gowin, and at the bottom is an unintentional nod.

 

Taken in 1999 as a nod to Emmet Gowin

 Copyright Emmet Gowin

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.