How to shoot like Stephen Shore

In the first of a new series of blog posts I am going to be sharing some of my favourite photographers, past and present, and looking at ways to be inspired by their style and talent.

First up is Stephen Shore. I have been a huge fan of his work since seeing in person as part of an architecture and photography exhibition at the Barbican in London.

Shore is known as one of the pioneers of colour photography with the majority of his images focusing on the American Landscape.

Many of his images have a background of a bright blue cloudless sky. Unfortunately  it’s easier said then done in England, the weather doesn’t allow for many days of clear weather.

Credit: Stephen Shore

Credit: Stephen Shore

My interpretation led me to standing on an island in the middle of the road waiting  for the traffic to stop. I chose this shot as the red of the petrol station and the van worked well together. 

Many of his street photography features the corners of streets and cross roads. Again replicating these shots took at lot of patience waiting for the sun to come out..

Credit: Stephen Shore

Credit: Stephen Shore

Lacking the strong contrasts created by the sun I focused on capturing interesting shapes around train stations

Dotted throughout his photographic series are images of people. There are often lots of people in the frame with no singular focus.

Credit: Stephen Shore

One of Shore’s most famous images is of a house framed by a blue sky (obviously) and mountains with a road cutting through the foreground. What I love about this image is the car peaking out behind the house, it hints at both human life and isolation.

Credit: Stephen Shore

Stephen Shore shot thousands of his well-known images during the 70’s and 80’s. A big giveaway about the era images are shot in is the cars. Shore uses cars a lot in the frame, often in the foreground or as the central focus.

Credit: Stephen Shore

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I am no means as good as photographer as Shore but looking at photographers work you admire and trying to capture the world how they did/do is a great exercise to keep creative and inspired.  Find me on Instagram @madisonbeachphotos or over on my newly updated website.

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