a little love for some 'old timers' - 3 amazing photographers
I am both blessed and cursed that the following 3 artists live very far from me. Cursed because they're all amazing women whom i've wanted to force to be my BFF's for a while now. [They might be that willingly, but i'm obviously not willing to take the chance.] Blessed because i just called them old timers and they might want to kill me now.
Some know this already, but i've been online for a while. I've had a livejournal account since 2001, which sounds bad enough before i bring up that i had pages/journals/whatever as far back as '96. I think. I purposely deleted loads of that stuff because, oh lord, the embarrassment. [There is such sweet relief that the internet then is not what it is now!] Though online journals definitely have their ups and downs, i've been able to keep up with a lot of artists over many, many years, and these three women stand out to me, always. They've all inspired me greatly for along time, and each has unwittingly influenced my work, and maybe more importantly HOW i work, in different ways.
First, i'll start with Kate O'Brien.
That last one is easily my most favorite of hers, and i can still remember how in awe i was when i first saw it. And as amazing as both her and her images are, by far my favorite thing about Kate is how much work she puts in to each shoot. Go through her flickr stream and you'll see. I am eager for her behind the scenes posts and in progress snap shots of what she's working on as i am for the finished products, because she creates every last detail herself, from backgrounds to clothes, accessories and hair. HAIR. Everything she creates i make grabby hands at, because as much as i enjoy creating things for my shoots, she easily puts me to shame. There is just no damn way i could ever have enough patience to attach each individual scale to some chain mail sleeve thing. She's brilliant. Nuts possibly, but brilliant. And probably the only reason i'd ever entertain going to Australia. [No offense, Australia! I'm wary of any place with that many bugs and creatures wandering around like they own the place.]
P.S. She has an etsy shop too.
Next, someone a little closer to home, and by closer i mean the opposite side of the states, Elisa Lazo de Valdez.
I feel like Elisa and i are sort of cut from the same cloth, and approach things the same, despite how many nudes she takes and my almost kinda sorta aversion to them. [That's a story for another day.] She shoots things a little simpler than most of the photographers i enjoy, always trying to create texture and distortions in real life as opposed to digitally, which i obviously have a great affinity for. And i've lost count of how many times over the years one of us has cursed the other for getting to an idea/prop first. It's remarkable really, how often she's done something that i've had swirling around in my head for ages, and it's often close enough to what i was planning that i drop the idea completely. Though, sometimes i'm like "whatevs elisa, you can't stop me!", completely in my head of course. So, yeah, remarkable, but annoying. =) You also have to love that she doesn't hesitate to cover her models with weird and sticky substances. At least i do. And forever ago she sent me a bunch of fabric, and i love when people send me stuff. Hehe. I've used all of it for shoots, and a few of my images have been created around them, so without her they wouldn't exist.
AND i'm not sure there are two people who enjoy a piece of plastic as much as us.
Lastly, if i ever move to Portland, she's in trouble.
I think in a way you could take what i love and appreciate about the first two ladies, blend it up and add a few elements and you've got all my warm fuzzies for Sara. She sometimes make items for her shoots that also seem to have been plucked straight from my brain AND she takes her photography off into amazing directions with her mixed media pieces, which we know already i'm fond of. [Both of mixed media involving photography, and of Sara. OMG HAVE I MENTIONED I LOVE SARA?! She apparently brings out the creeper in me.]
You can help support making it a book [here] but make sure to watch her being fricken adorable in her pitch first:
Ok, i guess that's it. They're amazing, and now i'm both feeling inspired all over again AND badly about myself.
Also, this should go without saying, but please don't take any of these images and use them in any way without contacting each artist for permission first!