Sources of Inspiration for Photographers

You know we all need a little help and inspiration to keep going as photographers. I think we all go through times, when we just don’t want to get out the camera and drag that around. But, when we do, we are glad we did it. Or have you not taken the camera and then wish you did it. We all need sources of inspiration in our lives.

I recently came across a great article from SUNNY SHRESTHA from Picture/Correct, and she gave a list of sources for great inspiration. I would like to pass this on to my readers:

Inspiration is pivotal in any form of art, and photography is no exception. Art forms evolve over time and so it becomes essential for an artist to actively adapt to it. And looking at the works of other contemporary artists is a great way to get some inspiration. There can be days when you feel sort of empty; like you’re going through a creative block. Again, inspiration can help you overcome such hurdles and keep the creative juices flowing.Photographer Adam Gibbs talks about some of his favorite photographers and books that he looks to for inspiration:

Here is a list of books that are recommended reading to keep you inspired:

.Here’s a quick rundown of the books and photographers that Gibbs talks about in the video:

  • The International Landscape Photographer of the Year: This book is a good read in the sense that it covers the best work of various photographers and not just one.
  • Peter Dombrovskis: An Australian photographer with a fantastic taste for colors and composition.
  • Charles Cramer: His work features excellent composition and attention to detail.
  • JohnSexton: Having worked as an assistant to Ansel Adams at one point in time, his print style is quite similar to that of Adam’s. His black and white prints are exquisite and the images just pop.
  • Phil Borges: A brilliant travel portrait photographer.
  • Nature’s Chaos by Eliot Porter: The book features images from the early and mid seventies that’s composed in a way which is second to none.
  • Intimations of Paradise by Christopher Burkett: A great read if you want to go through images that excel in colors, vibrance, and sharpness. You’ll also admire the print quality of the book if you get to go through a copy.
  • Joshep Holmes: An incredible photographer with great attention to color.
  • Jack Dykinga: A large format photographer with excellent choice of colors and composition.
  • Graham Osborne: Exquisite photographer who specializes in large format photography.
  • William Neill: A landscape photographer who beautifully captures the deep spiritual beauty he sees and feels in nature.
  • John Fielder: An exquisite mountain photographer with great attention to details.
  • Once Upon an Island by Michael Orton: If you’ve heard the term “Orton effect” in photography, it was coined after Michael Orton himself. The book features some of his first painterly impressionistic images which you will absolutely adore.

How do you like to keep yourself inspired? Even in the digital age, you’ll realize that prints have great value. Being able to hold a physical copy of an image is very satisfying. If you’re thinking of getting some photo books for yourself but have no idea where to start, this list serves as a good reference of books to consider. Keep yourself inspired, keep making meaningful images.

From one of the books mentioned by Mr. Gibb: A photo winner from: International Landscape Photographer of the Year: Photo taken by:
Miller Yao

Another photo from the book: International landscape photographer of the year award winning photo for 2019: Photo by:
Jaka Ivancic

Another amazing winning photo from the book: International Landscape photographs of the year. This photo taken by:
Kuo Zei Yang

Another amazing photo taken by: Carlos Cuervo, 2nd place winner of the International Landscape photographer of the Year.

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