Finding Inspiration in Classic Photographs
Photography is an art of sharing without having to explain it with words. Photography is something that cannot be described as it beholds many captivating moments found anywhere and everywhere. As the famous photographer Elliot Erwitt quoted “To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
A photograph cannot be just taken; it has to be an inspiration.
Since the inception of photography in 18th century and since we can see how photography has rapidly moved from being an expensive, amateur hobby, to reaching the masses and inspiring them with a universal language that touches everybody irrespective of the borders. Photography has undergone revolutionary changes since the centuries. Throughout, you will hear from a range of people who are passionate about photography in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
As we travel through the history of photography, it has taken revolutionary leap in the past century. Photography has expanded to great extents in this age of smart devices. Anyone can click pictures but it takes something more to make it a photograph. To recapture the essence behind photographs one can seek inspiration through the good old days when photography was a form of expressing movements, cultural influences, historical events, art concepts through different time periods. Photography starting in 1839 when Louis Daguerre announced the daguerreotype image in France, and WHF Talbot unveiled the calotype process in England.
One can observe that these art works represent such deep inspirations. One can use these classic photographs as an inspiration to recapture its essence and create art in one’s own ways to express opinions, creativity and understanding. By exploring the classic art through various art movements, artists, techniques, artworks etc one can build a great appreciation for art and get inspired to create and share own original artwork.
Exploring art history through is crucial for ones creative process in building skills in visual analysis, creativity, critical thinking. During photo sessions one needs an inspiration to have a subject matter whether it is for a documentary, personal expression or whatever the situation demands and there’s no better place to look than the classic times.