i've been a b-a-a-a-a-d blogger. Events (or, rather, NON-events) have been pressing me down...my "maybe" good news of a few weeks ago has not come to fruition, and I'm trying to keep my chin up, but...sometimes it's just hard.
i've also had a little unfortunate run of no-show models recently, which is frustrating and tres bad for business :-( so while i haven't been taking many pictures of my own lately, I am constantly looking at other people's work. there are a number of photographers whose work I look to for inspiration - past and present, famous and unknown.
Jeanloup Sieff was a very well-known and highly-acclaimed fashion and art photographer during the second half of the (oh dear, I always get confused on which century it is/was, ha)...the second half of the LAST century :-) Sieff first fell in love with photography when he received a plastic camera as a gift for his fourteenth birthday, and he tried using photography as a way to meet girls (!), but instead he started on a lifelong path as a talented artist.
He shot for all the biggies - Esquire, Glamour, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar.
I find his work so crisp - there's something about "old fashioned" black and whites that I rarely see duplicated today - *I* certainly can't do it! And his subjects are sort of alluring and haunting at the same time...while being very simple and to the point.
Here are some of my favorites...