I recently went to the film forum to see Ida. The story line was simple but the cinematography was stunning. The best I have ever seen. Filmed entirely in black and white by well known cinematographer Ryszard Lenczewski – it was truly moving art. The use of light, the tight framing, beautiful clean lines. It was so inspiring and I really want to watch it a second even third time to study the way he puts together each frame.
Although Lenczewski is a cinematographer, I feel as a wedding photographer, I can definitely source inspiration from his work. It is still storytelling through imagery after all. It got me thinking about inspiration and where other wedding photographers find it? Personally, I don’t like to spend too much time looking at the work of other wedding photographers. It’s kind of like creative brain washing. Too much time focusing on some else’s vision and before you know it – you are subconsciously or consciously recreating someone else’s work and where’s the fun in that?
In an industry that so often suffers from imitation…I think it is important to consider as wedding photographers where we source inspiration from and how we can add a unique voice to a story as old as time.
I would love to hear where other photographers source their inspiration from? How do you stay inspired and what is something that inspired you recently?
You can watch the trailer for Ida here.