Influencing Me – Sue Bryce
How do some people influence you? I know that sounds like a strange question, but sometimes when I do these posts it is easy to assume that most people influence you because of how their work influences your work, or informs it. When I met Nia last week she talked about how many artists I seem to know and how many influence me, but when she realised that I had a Bachelor of Fine Art she said she wasn’t surprised. One thing you learn from studying art is how important it is to look at art and to learn from others. Look at their work, but also at how they work.
So today’s post is about the photographer Sue Bryce, and for me she is one of those photographers that you don’t just look at her work, you look at HOW she works. (Please note, I have contacted Sue and her people and have been given permission to show her work here to you.)
Sue is predominantly a glamour photographer, which is basically taking beautiful portraits of people. That is how I know her, well until recently. The first time I had heard of Sue was through a woman I met at the UCI Track World Championships last year. She said if I wanted to move away from cycling and get into portraits that I should look at her and see how she works. I didn’t though. My confidence wasn’t great and at the time, I didn’t really think I could do portraits.
Then recently, when I started watching creativeLIVE I saw Sue on there. I was hooked, not really because of her work, sorry Sue, but more for the way she worked and the way she went out and got what she wanted. She shared so many hints and tips on how to be a successful portrait photographer. She is incredibly generous with her knowledge.
Then recently she did another creativeLIVE show with Lara Jade on Creative Portraits, and I suddenly saw all this work of Sue’s that I hadn’t seen before and it really opened my eyes to some new possibilities. I purchased the course, of course. I have watched it quite a few times, and often go back and look at bits of it. I had not thought of Sue as a Fine Art Photographer, and in fact, most of what I had seen before had led me to believe that she wasn’t one, I was wrong.
Much of the art work that she creates she does for herself and to enter into competitions. During the above workshop she talked about why she creates them, and how she plans them, and showed us what she does. She and Lara also discussed textures and how to make some. Some of the things that both showed were mind blowing and things that I had never thought of. I have done quite a few of the ones that Sue talked about. Great tips.
Here is an image of Sue working.
There are many things that a lot of us could learn from Sue and how she works. I don’t work the same way as her in Photoshop, but I have picked up a couple of ideas and tips on things I can incorporate into my work. She does mentoring, I don’t know how it works, but it would be wonderful to have someone like her to be your mentor, someone to push you from behind to keep going forward.
Now I have my new camera, I am all set to start working, and doing some things that I have seen Sue do. I am excited, unfortunately all my models are in the middle of their exams right now, so I have to wait until they are finished. I can start planning some things though.
Sue can be found on her website www.suebryce.com, there is also a link to her blog there, and her blog has lots of useful information on it as well. Definitely worth a look. I have put together a gallery of images, but please go and take a look at her work on her site and blog as well. Also, thank you to Sue for allowing me to feature her here today.