Influencing Me – Robert Mapplethorpe
You had to know that eventually I would get around to doing one of these on Robert Mapplethorpe. His black and white photographs are an inspiration to anyone who loves black and white imagery. He also worked in colour, but is more known for the black and white images.
He manipulated the flowers to suit the images he wanted. Just because it was a flower and would look normal in most images, didn’t mean that he had to do the same thing. He made the flowers work for the image that he wanted to create.
I think for me it is all about the lines, which also works with my architectural images, and when I photograph flowers, I usually look for simple flowers that have beautiful lines and a simple elegance.
There are those lines again. I like looking for those. I have to say that I am attracted to many of the same flowers as Mapplethorpe. I don’t think I have to do the same images, but it is a good idea to try and imitate when you first start out. It is a fantastic way of learning. I know I have said that before, but I still think so.
First comes imitation, then influence, then developing your own style. Learning to be an artist is an interesting experience.
I know this is just the way he influences me, I am sure other people find he influences them in different ways, if so, then please comment and let other people know as well. I would enjoy hearing them as well.