On Inspiration: Face to Face Ocean Portraits
My photography ebbs and flows creatively. Some days I feel absolutely inspired to create photos – I have to go out and create something.
Other days, it is the last thing I feel like doing (always a good time to do my accounts!).
I’ve learnt with time, that there are a number of ways I can recharge my creativity. Those ways include:
1. Changing my visual surroundings is a great way of getting me visually excited again. It can be as simple as walking / riding down a road I have never been down before, or taking a trip to some place new.
2. Getting out of my comfort zone and shooting a subject which is totally new to me, definitely gets my photo mojo going.
3. Reading and looking at great photography, both past and present.
It is this last point, which brings me to the book, Face to Face: Ocean Portraits.
A book such as this, really gets me inspired. This book combines two things I really love in life – photography and the ocean.
For me, this type of book is like falling down the proverbial rabbit hole. Turning the pages and being presented with stunning photography, both old and new, complete with the back story about the subject, is a real reminder of my love for photography.
Examining the photos; reverse engineering how they were shot; studying the nuance’s of the subjects…it all helps in sparking my own photographic ideas. In short – a book like this makes me want to grab my camera, walk out the door and go shoot something.
As for this book, it is produced by Polarworld Publishing. They are a boutique publishing house with an amazing catalogue of books. The first book I purchased from them, was Face to Face: Polar Portraits. Like Ocean Portraits, it is a stunning book mixing beautiful portraiture from the Arctic and Antarctica with informative text and a look at past and present day photographic techniques.
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