In Australia there is a famous photographer called Max Dupain, a modernist according to wikipedia. However that is not what I was going to write about. The subject for today is on how others work can provide a guide/inspiration for what one does today.
Recently on a trip to Adelaide I decided to visit the local beach of Glenelg (A palindrome) and lo and behold as I walked towards the beach I saw a man sitting, very suntanned in the sun. Now it is not the same shot as Dupain’s iconic work of a suntanned man on a beach. However on seeing the man I immediately saw the parallels. So it was a brisk walk to an position in which I could take a shot desperately hoping that he would not move away as I neared. I only took the one shot as I am sure he was very aware of me after the first and I didn’t want to make him uncomfortable.
Here is the image, I like it as it captures Australia as it is today, multi-cultural, beach loving free and easy society. No doubt Dupain’s work captured the same in his day.
The moral if there is one is to read and look at others work, find inspiration from that and use that inspiration to create ones own work.