Annie Leibovitz truly inspired me. One quote that I really liked was when she said growing up in a car was like “seeing the world through a ready made picture frame”. This amazed me because that is what being a photographer is about. Seeing the world in an artistic way and being able to point out the most perfect angle and distance to make even nature more beautiful, is what a GOOD photographer is. Most of her pictures were absolutely awe-inspiring! Everything from her photos from ‘The Rolling Stone’ magazine, to her fashion photos for Vogue, triggered a different emotion that inspired me to portray some similar emotions in art, particularly photography. Her photo’s from the ‘hippie days’ really exhibit the feelings and passions of the people of the day, which created a connection to my late father because I know he was big in the music world back then. Art is a way to create emotions that otherwise could not be achieved.
The dramatic series of various fairy tails for Vogue reminded me of my sister and her great appreciation and admiration for Annie Leibovitz. She is a photographer herself, and has shown me work from Annie, that she has used and inspirations for shoots herself. The drama portrayed in these photos is overwhelming, and is enough to make you look twice and soak in the nature of the photo.
The photos that really triggered emotions were the family portraits she took. Unfortunately I have lost my parents, and family to me is a much deeper emotion than felt by most. These images truly expose what a family is and the emotions and feelings one has towards one another. It is so important to keep memories alive and portraits are a great way to do so.