Open the Light: Painting Influencing Photography

Old style landscape paintings have always informed my work over the years.

To call back to these classic artworks within a photographic piece is a fun challenge that harkens back to my years in art classes.

Many years before photography or any cameras entered the picture, I was emanating paintings and drawings in front of me.

Particularly the realistic landscape paintings of the American West and impressionistic art by the likes of Monet and Van Gogh were what I gravitated towards.

Now as an artist with a camera, and with nature as my canvas. The photography I’ve created pays tribute to these wonderful artworks of those artists many many years ago.

As I’ve said before, photography is an art form and should be treated as such.

To study other artistic mediums beyond your own is where you’ll find some overlap in which to grow.

If you’re an outdoor photographer with a rich local history, some artwork is no doubt made of local landscapes and other scenes where you live.

Perhaps one of my favorite paintings depicts a common early settler activity; fishing in wild places.

Better yet is that this very view (pictured below) is still preserved to this day and one I’ve hiked through along the Little Miami River.

“Blue Hole, Little Miami” by Robert S. Duncanson

Now It’s YOUR Turn!

Try to produce some similar imagery of your own.

This isn’t about copying their work outright, but to take several aspects and run with them!

Look at the right genre or medium and it’ll get those creative juices flowing.

Here are some experiments, some meditations if you will, on opening the light. These two images were taken April 2019.

You can see how the subtle sunny colors of late morning create a pastel-or painterly effect to this common Spring scene.

While this is just one example I’ve pulled from the archives, I would love to see some pieces from your portfolio too!

How has painting influenced your photography overall? Does art inspire other art for you too? Drop a comment below and share your thoughts.

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Ryan Taylor is a 26 year old photographer located in Beavercreek Ohio, United States. Specializing in wildlife and landscapes both big and small, Ryan has sought to capture many different natural locations throughout the Buckeye State and beyond.

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