Happy World Photography Day! In honour of this amazing day, I put together a list, upon some deep reflection, of the photographers who’ve truly influenced why, where, and how I pick up and use a camera. In no particular order, here they are! (This was hard!) #worldphotographyday
1: Jimmy Chin – He captures Alberta exactly how I see it in all of its magnitude. His travels inspire me and he really was the first photographer who taught me the value in hauling ALL that photography gear up a mountain. @jimmy_chin
2: Cory Richards – How he captures people in his photographs is super unique. He is an adventure photographer who captures the soul of a mountain every bit as well as the soul of the people who inhabit the region. His philosophy around adventure and how true growth cannot come without suffering is a constant motivator to endure the worst to experience bliss. @coryrichards
3: Steve McCurry – Colour and composition. His work is so compelling and he is the absolute master of colour. @stevemccurryofficial
4: Dorothea Lange – I think she could qualify as being one of the first “street” photographers… it was her photos taken during the Great Depression by which she really became known for her work. It’s candid, authentic, obviously unedited and raw. She later became an icon in the feminist movement for being a badass who wasn’t afraid to travel and document reality as she saw it.
5-6: James Nachtwey – My first introduction to war photography. I could sit and listen to him speak for hours. He carries himself with such humility and empathy that is the type of stuff that changes the world for the better. The world needs more of him and his work. @jamesnachtwey
7-8: Tim Flach – he’s the absolute master of animal photography. He can humanize an animal, as well as abstract an animal to the point of it becoming a composition of true fine art. “Equus” influenced how I compose shots and try to think differently while shooting everyday things. @timflachphotography
9-10: Richard Avedon – I don’t know if there is any other portrait photographer I adore more. His work blows me away in its creative composition, emotional authenticity and how he gets his subjects to move.