Currently super-inspired by Claude Monet, with his use of colors, his compositions, depictions of everyday life, people, nature, and how he was able to show his love of life through his paintings.
I feel that we as photographers can draw a lot of inspiration from Monet, by studying how he arranged his scenes (note how he spaces out his subjects), his use of light, and his asymmetrical (yet balanced/dynamic) compositions.
Lessons from Monet
Some of my personal lessons studying Monet:
- Observe how he combines different color combinations to enhance his colors. For example, his use of violet, orange and red.
- Note his compositions of multiple subjects: how he spaces them out, and how his compositions are balanced. Some of his paintings of people look quite photo realistic, almost like they were shot with a 28mm wide angle lens. I especially like studying his urban street scenes.
- Often Monet painted the same scene, over and over again, experimenting with different color combinations. Lesson: As photographers and artists, we can also photograph the same subject matter over and over again, using repetition and iteration to improve our photographic skill.
- Monet painted lots of different subject matter. Not only nature, trees, the beach, and mountains, but also train stations and urban life. Lesson: We should also photograph everything and all subject matter and not discriminate. For example we can shoot street photography and nature/landscape photography. Let us just photograph anything that breathes life into us!
Paintings by Monet
Some of my favorite paintings of his below: