01 Jun They Say Good Artists Copy, But Great Artists Steal
I’m always looking to explore new ways to push my photography.
After all, don’t you want a photographer who’s always trying to be better?
Picasso said, “good artists copy, great artists steal.”
But I refrain from spending too much time looking at other photographer’s work for inspiration.
I don’t want to get lost in trying to duplicate all the elements that make it a great photograph.
For me, the inspiration comes from artists who paint, sketch, or sculpt.
What was the artist thinking when they began their work?
What was the story?
Recently, I worked on some portraits using three different artists as inspiration.
Roland Caillaud (1905 – 1977)
Roland was known professionally as Roland Caillaux and sometimes by Roland Caipland.
He was a French actor, as well as an artist who was known for his homoerotic illustrations.
The sketch I used is titled “Tattooed Soviet sailor.”
Alonzo Cano (1601 – 1667)
Alonzo was a Spanish artist and a triple threat: painter, architect, and sculptor.
He’s known for his religious works, specifically the Madonna and Child in the church of Lebrija, as well as for having a terrible temper.
His sculpture of Adam from the bible story of Adam and Eve was my inspiration.
Sámuel Lányi (1792 – 1860)
Sámuel was slightly more difficult to find out information on, but I did learn that he was an engineer and painter.
The painting of his I choose was a self-portrait.
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And as your photographer, that’s my job.
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