It’s not uncommon that one artist gets inspired by another artist’s work. But sometimes it’s more of an imitation than inspiration, and pop star Selena Gomez has recently been accused of plagiarism. After launching her latest video for Back to You and a series of promo images on Instagram, many people accused her of blatantly copying the aesthetics of photographer Sarah Bahbah.
When you have imagination and skill, almost anything can become a camera. Photographer Brendan Barry is skillful and loves to build cameras, so he bought an old camper trailer off eBay for £150 (around $200). After some work, it became a giant, functional, and a rather stylish camera.
Other than taking photos with it, this “camper camera” doubles as a portable darkroom, so he can take and develop his photos anywhere. And just like the regular camera, he can always bring this one with him. If there’s a place to park it, though.
Brendan shared some details about his awesome camera with us, as well as the photos he took with it. It’s not just the camera that looks beautiful, but the portraits Brendan took with it are amazing, too.
Photographer Joshua Cripps is one of those artists whose words inspire me to think about my own work. And his latest challenge has definitely made me start thinking and re-evaluating my photography.
The challenge is this: look through the most recent photos in your portfolio and ask yourself: “are these photos the product of my unique artistic vision or could any photographer have done this?” After this question, my thoughts started unraveling. And with the same question in mind, Joshua wrote an interesting article that could also make you reevaluate your work and become even better at what you do.
We all have those nagging doubts when it comes to what we shoot. No matter how good others tell us we are or how amazing they believe our work is, we feel like frauds. We struggle constantly, whether it’s with ideas, budget, time, stress. And when you sit and think about it, there are more reasons to quit than to keep carrying on.
It’s bad enough when other people tell us what we can’t do. When we tell ourselves, it can be truly devastating. It’s a topic explored by Simon Cade in this video. He talks about what he goes through, how he feels, and why he should just quit.
How often do you think about your work: “oh, this just isn’t good enough?” How do you deal with it? Simon Cade from DSLR Guide talks about this problem in the latest video on the channel. He talks about that brilliant moment of inspiration when the ideas just flow and the inspiration is at its peak. No matter if you are a photographer, filmmaker or writer – those moments happen. But his theory is that, before and after every great idea, someone’s got to say “that’s still not good enough.” And when your inner-self says it, what should you do?
When it comes to art, I’m very much in the “but I know what I like” camp. I just don’t really do “art”, but I was immediately drawn to William Wegman’s work when I first discovered it a number of years ago.
In this video from The Art of Photography’s Artist Series, Wegman talks about his photography, his paintings, his work with video, and discovering the joy of 20×24 Polaroids.