Re: Re: Lesson II: Manny Librodo & a bit of David LaChapelle

Duncan Rawlinson

Hi there,

Thanks for sending in another assignment. The first two assignments are really about getting you to think about photography in a different light so to speak. In this assignment in particular it’s about getting you to take a moment to think about what inspires you.

All forms of art are additive and work from what has come before. It’s like what Picasso said:

Good Artists Borrow, Great Artists Steal

In photography it’s much the same. You can effectively “steal” the visual ideas of the masters of photography. I know when I shoot a landscape I have a bunch of photographers in the back of my mind. I remember what made their photographs work and what made them, well, not work.

In your case you’ve shown that you have a remarkably clear idea of what inspires you in photography. This is excellent and your piece is very good. The main thing is to know what has come before and to work from that as your base. Take what you think works and jettison the rest and make your own way. Stand on the shoulders of giants if you will.

Nice work here!