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Photography Inspiration

What inspires you?.. Is it a person?.. A company?.. A place in the world?

Perranporth, Cornwall - 2017

Perranporth, Cornwall - 2017

Me and my family recently went for a weeks holiday camping in Cornwall, just outside a beautiful town; Perranporth.
The weather was.... Well it was as shit as the British Summer can be expected to be!... We were however blessed with a few evenings of clear skies and amazing light.

It was on Perranporth Beach that I was overwhelmed with inspiration and subjects to shoot! The beach itself is beautiful! The surrounding scenery towards Holywell and cliffs towards St Agnes are stunning.
One evening the weather forecast was clear skies and immediately I suggested we go in to Perranporth, have dinner and a walk on the beach. This suggestion was bang on!... It was a fantastic evening and I don't think I will ever forget it... Seriously will never forget it... It was that good!


On the beach there is a bar/grill called the Watering Hole. On this night by chance they happened to be having a live music gig on the beach and the vibe of everyone around... The surfers... The dog walkers... The families... The party goers was incredible... The wind was still pretty strong and a chill in the air but everyone was in such high spirits! It was amazing!

As soon as we hit the beach I was shooting... I didn't really have a particular subject, rather I just wanted to document the evening and everyone enjoying their time on the sand... This was and is the start of a new project - 'Sand between your toes'.

It will be a project that will take some time I'm sure, and will see me visit a fair few beaches to capture what draws people to the sand... 


I can't articulate how I felt but it was border line spiritual...  That even to me sounds bullshit! But I can't express the inspiration I felt... I was walking around shooting with a huge smile on my face and did not want to leave... I could have happily shot in to the night!

The next time you feel the kind of inspiration that is so overwhelming... Get your camera out and shoot! Shoot more and enjoy the experience you have... I know I did and it has made an imprint on my mind!

I hope you may find some inspiration from this!


Kill Your Master! Hypothetically speaking...

Please do not kill anybody! its just a figure of speech.... What I mean is, to learn from those you admire, those who inspire; those that you aspire to be like and to be better than them at what they do

This post kind of goes back to an earlier post about finding your own style and being unique among a billion photographers. 
I've thought about this a lot and I've read about it a lot too. I've seen a lot of articles that will tell you not to copy the work of others... I don't understand this and say BULLSHIT!

Every photographer from every style/genre of photography has copied to some extent the work of others. The masters of photography of our time have all killed their master. They were all inspired by the work of another..... they studied their work and then began to produce better work. 

Who are my inspirations?

I've been inspired by many photographers since i started my journey. but really there are two that really stick out for me.

My biggest inspiration in portrait photography is Ryan Muirhead, I've mentioned him before and you may have heard of him before.

Ryan is a US based photographer and his work is.... well its amazing....  better than that in fact.
My last post I briefly touched on making a connection with your subject.... This is something learnt from Ryan.... His work you can clearly see there is a connection between photographer and model and it shouts out to you in the work they create. His portraits all have a feeling to them, emotion, that little something that really catches your attention. 

Check his work out here

For the projects I am currently working on, I have been hugely inspired by David Alan Harvey.

David Alarm Harvey is a magnum photographer based in the USA and has produced many books and assignments. I'd call him a documentary photographer (I could be wrong but its how I'd describe it). His work again like ryan is amazing. What I love most about David Alan Harvey is him as a person.  The amount of information he gives people (on instagram stories) alone is amazing and a great help to anyone. I would love to be able to one day go to the US and take one his workshops... It would be a life changing experience. Check out his work and books, just incredible.

To sum this up.... If there is someone who inspires you.... Work you aspire to create.... Get out there and do it.... Everyone in this world has been and are inspired by people before them... If they say they aren't then I think they talking.... I could rant about a lot of stuff the big name websites say and advise etc but that I think I will save for another day so stay tuned for that :)

Get out... shoot... Dream Big and you can achieve and be who you want to be!