Zoe Wiseman Zoe Wiseman

There are so many photographers throughout history to be inspired by. One of the very first photographers I was inspired by was E. J. Bellocq. A photographer from New Orleans, and since that’s where I lived when I first was introduced to fine art photography that makes sense. I stumbled into an extremely packed art gallery on Royal Street. Everything was a bit hodgepodge and it seemed more of an art hoarders paradise than a gallery. Think of The Room of Requirement at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry and you have an idea about what the gallery was like. I spent almost 6 hours in there sorting through the rubble. 

I was about to walk out when a book caught my eye. EJ Bellocq, Storyville Portraits. So the owner and I talked and talked about this rather obscure (at the time) photographer who spent years photographing the red light district and all her characters in the French Quarter. I was pulled in by his intentional imperfections in his work. Sometimes he would scrape off the face of a subject. Most all of his plates were scratched. Almost as if each image was licked by flame. For some stupid reason I didn’t buy the book. Now it costs quite a bit more than $40.00. 


here is one image that I love. 


who inspired you when you first began making photographs?

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Doug Earle
Zoe:  I've been trying to remember  who my inspiration was when I began taking photos.  It was over 40 years ago!  Henri  Cartier-Bresson would probably be one.  Over the past years influences have been Flor Garduño, Sally Mann, Keith Carter.  

Interesting question.  I hope some of the others will answer too.

Blessings on the New Year,

Doug Earle
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Zoe Wiseman Zoe Wiseman
I love Flor!! You are one of the few people who I've known to mention. It makes me wonder how many other Mexican photographers there are to find and be inspired by. 

Doug Earle wrote:
Zoe:  I've been trying to remember  who my inspiration was when I began taking photos.  It was over 40 years ago!  Henri  Cartier-Bresson would probably be one.  Over the past years influences have been Flor Garduño, Sally Mann, Keith Carter.  

Interesting question.  I hope some of the others will answer too.

Blessings on the New Year,

Doug Earle
You may view my website here:
http://www.zoewiseman.com
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Dave Rudin DaveR
I have two books by Flor Garduño: "Witnesses of Time" and "Inner Light."  I met her at a photography show here in New York several years ago, but as she did not speak English and I could not speak Spanish, I was sadly unable to converse with her.

However, I was able to finally add a print of her beautiful photo, "Vestido Eterno," to my collection a few months ago at a reasonable price.  It had been high on my want list for quite some time, and I'm happy to say that it is now on the wall here.  :-)

Stay safe and be well,

Dave
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Doug Earle
Dave. Congratulations. It’s high on my list of Flor’s favorites. I almost bought it several years ago at a NOT reasonable price, but my pocketbook talked me out of it. Enjoy b
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Dave Rudin DaveR
Thanks, Doug.

I work for the government and not Wall Street, so I am the first person to describe myself as a bargain hunter.  ;-) 

I was able to purchase it via an auction at less than half the current gallery price.   I typically check LiveAuctioneers and some other auction sites and do a search for "gelatin." If I find things of interest, I occasionally make a bid at a fairly low price.  If I get in, good.  If not, it doesn't cost me anything.  ;-)

Dave
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