The Inspiration Files #4

An important part of my daily workflow is studying the work of other photographers. In this series, I’ll share with you five unique photos I’ve found across the digital universe. I hope these images will ignite inspiration within you to try new techniques, photograph new subjects, and push the boundaries of your comfort zone. But above all, to get out there and shoot!

Cheers, Sonya

A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people (Will Rogers).


dots or stripes
dots or stripes by SpacerJesusnet via Flickr
Alpay Erdem, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards
Alpay Erdem via 2014 Sony World Photography Awards
Rob Woodcox via Tumblr
Casey Liu via Flickr
World's Favorite Sport
vramak via Flickr

5 thoughts on “The Inspiration Files #4

  1. Love the first one. Dog photos always get my attention anyway, but the spots and stripes. Perfect.
    I like the last photo too. I love the silhouette effect plus that he’s in mid-air. Plus that the ball is right in front of the sun and then his foot looks like it’s kicking the sun. :)
    I’m trying to figure out though, from an artist’s stand point, what is it about the other three you found appealing?

    1. I find each image uniquely beautiful, but they all share two common traits: whimsy and emotion. Most of my favorite photos contain those two elements in some form or another. They make me pause, think, and FEEL something.

      The photo of the woman jumping makes me giddy. In that moment, she is a woman of honesty, confidence, and joy. Do we not all strive to be the same?

      The photo of the two children is one I found myself staring at for a long while. Logically, I know those kids are just models dressed in specific wardrobe, posed a specific way, and holding specific props… But the image is like a scene from a fairytale. And while I know the image is staged, I allow myself to get lost in the potential story. Therefore, I believe the photographer achieved his goal.

      The diptych portrait of the girl is an outstanding example of portrait photography. I’m constantly impressed by the level of talent of everyday portrait photographers on Flickr, 500px, etc.

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