“When inspiration doesn’t come to me, I go halfway to meet it.” Sigmund Freud
“I have always done many different things: photos, drawings, sculpture, films… I am not afraid of wasting my energy. I want to be free”. Brassai
My creative activities are deeply rooted in my feelings and mood, which, in turn, are greatly influenced by cinema, music and painting. These arts have been crucial for me, so much so that many titles of my photos are reflections of the titles of songs or movies that have meant a great deal to me. In addition, in many of my photos I try to recall the Impressionist school of painting.
The various arts are important sources of inspiration for me. I hope in my photographs I will be able to whisper [show?] to? you the important relationship photography has for music, and how painting, cinema and photography are intimately linked to music.
Here are a few brief remarks about various arts and their influence:
Music and photography began their relationship with photographic portraits of Brahms, Schumann, Liszt and Chopin and later portraits by the photographer Nadar, of Debussy, Fauré, Bizet, Berlioz and Verdi. Jazz created its own golden age in photography. Without a doubt, there is a photograph of any musician born after 1839.
The influence that certain photographs have had on the groups is recognized. And it is true that striking photos for album covers has been used since always.
With the invention of photography, in 1839, a strong debate was generated the good or bad of photography. This changed with the appearance of Impressionism, and it was the photos of Nadar or Le Gray that inspired the Impressionists in the use of light and technics.
With the advent of photography, many predicated the end of the painting. On the other side, there were those who considered that photography cannot portray the composition of a painting by Raphael or Michelangelo, or the color of a painting by Delacroix. Time has revealed the influence that photography has had on painting and how the ways in which many contemporary photographers have been influenced by the classic works of painting. Artists such as Picasso, Dalí or Moholy-Nagy did not work from a dichotomy of genres (photography versus painting) but from a union of both.
“A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.” Orson Welles
“Photography is the truth. And cinema is the truth 24 times a second.” Jean Luc Goddard
There are so many extraordinary films with incredible photography—the framing, the lighting, the composition— that it is clear they speak the same language, they are inseparable sisters.