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