Inspiration is a good thing

As a photographer, it be can easy to get bored or feel uninspired especially when you have so many ideas in mind but unable to make them into a reality for some reason or other.

On my way today, I was reading an article in Black+White Photography magazine, and I came across an article on a Kerim Can Ertug.

Black + White photography magazine

Kerim Can Ertug is solely a black and white photographer and before he became a focused photographer, he was asked about 16 years ago while he was taking landscape images in New York “What are you going to do with the pictures and what you are taking them for?” He answer to this question is that he’s still searching for that particular answer.

In his interview, he also mentioned that he believes that every photographer must develop their own style and not be attracted to taking the same images as everyone else. It is true that we all have our own outlook of the world around us thus interpret it differently. But what is your style of photography?

His other quote that I can’t seem to get out of mind is: “And if you understand something and respect it, the people you are photographing will feel it too”. What does this say to each of us?

Kerim Can Ertug also believes that having the right equipment for your work is an essential part to your work. We’ve all heard it say time and time again that fancy equipment does not make you a good photographer. So what is trying to tell us?

His relationship with photography is summed in his words, “The camera is the brain, the lens is the eye – but the emotional intelligence is the photographer’s”

My question to everyone is how do you feel about these statements and views? And answer me this question “What are you going to do with the pictures and what you are taking them for?”

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I am a photographer currently living in London. Most of my work is in black and white because which I've found to be the best outlet to express myself. With patience a rather unique way of seeing the beauty around me, I enjoy creating a world that is unique to me.

6 thoughts on “Inspiration is a good thing

  1. great article !! love this! I agree, over the years, I have developed my own style, through experimentation, persistence, learning film photography .. ! thanks for the mention too, .. !

    1. Thank you for your comment. Glad that you like the article. What advice would you give to someone that still searching for their own style?

      1. Some words of advice .. The first few would be
        Patience , Experimentation – as much as possible , understanding composition, shadow and light .. Don’t be scared to step outside your boundaries .. Step into a world of perceptions !

  2. I know the photographer personally and he uses the most expensive equipment, such as LeicaM or M9..etc.
    Also, he takes the photo scenes of the photographers that take the same scenes…such a hypocrite !!! and copycat!!!

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