How it all begins - Dylan Maddux
So I've been thinking about how I'm going to start my new blog. I don't want to simply leave it here as a diary of what I'm doing. I can't imagine I'm that interesting. Instead I'm planning on running this as an insight into my creative inspirations over time. As anybody creative will tell you, their inspirations change frequently. It's how we evolve as artists. I find my inspiration can come from many angles including photography, digital art, films, music videos, fashion, television, advertising and everything in between. For that reason this blog could go in any direction at any time. But I'll always strive to make it creatively interesting. I hope you enjoy it!
Dylan Maddux www.dylanmaddux.com
I'm going to kick it all off with a photographer who was my inspiration to take my own photography more seriously and who is still my favourite photographer now. I already had a camera but until I saw his work I always saw photographs as just pictures. It was his work that made me realise how cool, stylish and real photography could be.
I find Dylan's images are the epitome of style and scream attitude. He takes a great deal of street shots and has a great fashion portfolio on his website. But it doesn't matter what he's shooting everything is always seriously cool. If there's one thing that he's a master of its finding the most incredible subjects to shoot. These people are street level culture. But unlike a great deal of street photographers who shoot from the hip or lurk for their shot, Dylan manages to set these people up as if they're models ready for studio shoot. Like, these people are fascinating, and once again always really fucking cool. Even his street shots look perfectly composed and magazine ready. To say I'm jealous of Dylan's work is an understatement.
I'm not saying I'm anywhere near as good as this guy. But I think a great deal of my own work has been directly inspired from his photographs. I always try to remind myself of the casual attitude and realness of his images and am always on the look out for the right people to shoot.
Recently Dylan has relocated to Thailand where he's continuing his fashion work and still shooting the streets. Once again the subjects he's shooting are incredible and I'm always envious of his skills at capturing them in his usual stylish way. According to his website Dylan is currently working on his first book and I'll 100% be buying it when it's released.
Oh and Dylan, if you're reading this drop me an email and offer me some tips! Or just say hi, I'll be equally as excited by that.