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Inspiration

{Be Inspired} Stephen Perry: Beauty & Fashion Photographer

By Dave Kai Piper on April 24th 2014

Keeping our creative mind alert and sharp is one of those unique challenges for all of us. As a fellow photographer, I was wondering, how do other people keep their mental tool boxes full of great ideas and concepts ? Each week, to help us {Be Inspired}, we will pick a creative artist, talk about why we find them inspiring, followed by finding out a little bit about what makes them tick!

{Be Inspired} by Neil Snape in last week’s interview here.

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Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm /1/25th – f6.3 – iso100 – 24mm

This week, I wanted to share the work of a superstar, in my eyes anyway. British Fashion Photographer, Stephen Perry has an incredible body of work and seems to just create these masterpieces with such regular ease that it’s quite possible Stephen only has the highest standard of production at all times.

Stephen has a unique blend of humor and color with a sense of film and nostalgia. There is a very European look and finish to his work. This makes sense when you look at the people Stephen himself follows and takes inspiration from.

The list of people and clients that Stephen has worked with could create quite the long list. Starting with Richard Branson to Ozzy and ending with Chloe-Jasmine to Izabella Scorupco, with pretty much everyone in the middle.  Please do head over to his portfolio after reading what makes Mr Perry motivated and inspired below .

[REWIND: Heroic beauty images & positive role models]

 

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Image from Stephen Perry's portfolio

Image from Stephen Perry’s portfolio

 Top 3 Inspiring People

Terence Donovan inspires me because he gave me the chance to put up with him. 3 quotes from him…

“If I you can put up with me, the world of photography will be easy.”  

He always said that if I f…..up to always admit it. I forgot the lights once on a shoot at Wimbledon and he just looked and me and said “get them sent in a cab and I’ll keep the client talking.” 

And lastly to show what his humor was like, while photographing Princess Di, he held up a tenner over the lens and said,  “Recognize a relative?”

Helmut Newton also inspires me for the reasons above and Martin Luther King for really truly believing.

What would your dream shoot be ?

My dream shoot would be to photograph the England rugby team before the World Cup starts. 

Image from Stephen Perry's portfolio

Image from Stephen Perry’s portfolio

What is Inspiration to You ?

There has to be a natural passion for photography. Passion creates the desire to want to be inspired so you don’t just look at things – you see things.

Have a project in mind that you’d like to produce as a body of work, which is why I have to say my biggest inspiration is probably Helmut Newton. I have other inspirational names I can mention: Yousuf Karsh, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastiao Salgado, Albert Watson, Bailey, Paolo Roversi, Martin Parr, Ellen Von Unwerth, Steven Meisel, Tim Walker, Tim Flach, Guy Bourdin and others. Inspiration isn’t something that comes from one place or one person, it comes from many places and people. But – I have to say that the person who STARTED that inspiration for photography in the first instance are the ones that stay with you forever. That feeling which drove me to pick up a camera is stronger than anything I will ever experience.

Image from Stephen Perry's portfolio

Image from Stephen Perry’s portfolio

Can You Give Some Tips About Keeping Forward Momentum?

There has to be a natural passion for photography. Passion creates the desire to want to be inspired so you don’t just look at things – you see things.

Have a project in mind that you’d like to produce as a body of work, so it’s not just a one off picture, it’s a theme and a goal to aim for which will take time and effort to produce. The results will make this time and effort worthwhile.

Never be arrogant enough to think you know it all. No one knows everything and in the creative world there are always new things to experience and work on. 

Share With Us An Image That Inspires You

Helmut Newton created images many of which are of course very sexy, but they all had personality. The personality of his subjects was always stronger than the sexual nature of his pictures and that makes him quite unique. Not many photographers to this day can make a sexual picture more about the person rather than the sexuality. He creates a story in one photograph and many of his pictures have Newton’s sense of fun and imagination. 

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Image by Helmut Newton (Raquel Welch in Beverly Hills)

Keep in touch with Stephen Perry here : [NSFW}

 

Founder of Ideas & images Dave Kai Piper is a fashion based imagemaker and retoucher from the UK.

Ideas and Images works with small to large businesses in the photographic & fashion markets. Fuji X-Photographer & Adobe Community Pro.

http://www.ideasandimages.co.uk/

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  1. Salvatore

    Complimenti belle foto ,sei molto bravo.

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