A very small selection of the absolutely stunning work that inspires me. Any time I'm at a loss for creativity, I need merely visit one of these galleries to get more than enough to plow through even the thoughest creative blocks. Every time I start to think I'm getting really good, these galleries help keep me grounded and remind me just how much further I really have to go. I may have tens of thousands of followers on Instagram, but my work hasn't been featured on the cover of National Geographic. I don't have galleries named after me. I haven't created any iconic work that causes flocks of photographers to attempt to recreate my images. These are giants among men and I am humbled by their art.
Widely regarded as the world's greatest landscape photographer, his work in the American west and especially Yosemite National Park is iconic in the field. His work helped establish photography as a fine art medium and was the basis for his environmental activism, promoting conservation of wild spaces. He holds the honor of being the creator of the most expensive photograph ever sold at auction. If I become half the photographer he was, my life will be complete.
Tetons and Snake River
Half Dome, Merced River, Winter
Clearing Winter Storm
Golden Gate from Baker Beach
A modern great and a permanent feature in the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park. He walked in the footsteps of Ansel Adams and literally wrote the book on how to take pictures in Yosemite National Park: The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite
Band of Light on El Capitan
El Capitan and the Merced River
Sunset Clouds Over Lake Tenaya
Storm Gathering Over Bridalveil Fall
Another great who's primary subject is the American west. He is the primary photographer for more than 50 books and his work appears in many magazines, posters, and private collections. His work was first published as front and back covers of Arizona Highways
when he was still in high school. It's a little late for me to aspire to being published while still in high school, but I would certainly love for my work to be the cover image of a book some day.
Mount Clearance King Reflection
A very deserving winner of the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography and widely published photographer, who, though more travelled due to his connection with National Geographic, still produced his best work (in my only moderately humble opintion) in the American West.
Winter Dawn over Tufa Towers
Last light on Horsetail Fall
Cerro Torre from the summit of Fitz Roy
By far my favourite architecture photographer. I'm also a huge fan of his philosophy on fine art photography:
“I don't believe in SOOC [Straight Out Of the Camera] shots. I believe in the artistic result and in the visualization of the artist of how he/she sees the world. A camera is just a piece of hardware with no mind, no soul, no artistry, just an object that records a situation, unbiased and emotionless. I'm not interested in the vision of a piece of hardware, I'm only interested in the vision of the artist with a mind and soul, who will alter the image to his reality. It's the difference between photography and art.”
8 Spruce Street
Empire State Building
New York City Sunrise
An award winning master of black and white long exposure who lets the images speak for themselves.
The Last Hydra
The Land of Connections 1
The Land of Redemption