"For Your Inspiration" is an ongoing series of weekly posts showing examples photography from PPA's Loan Collection and Showcase books focusing on a specific photography subject matter.
Intro by Skip Cohen
Like many of us in the industry, we’ve been friends for a long time. We’ve worked on various projects together, been to an endless stream of rubber-chicken dinners and been stranded in airports around the world at the same time.
Well, Suzette Allen is one of those friends in my network, along with a lot of you. She wrote this post a long time ago, but I love her approach and especially her honesty in talking about her passion for the craft. There’s no question she’s a photo-junkie and never slows down in capturing moment after moment that most of us would miss.
So, when I read this post, having spent time Suzette and husband Jonny just a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but smile. It’s a perfect post to share and help you get to know one of the industry’s best and most sincere educators!
Think about your own journey. What are you doing to keep things fresh? Are you working to keep seeing the world through new eyes?
By Suzette Allen
I just have a passion to teach people about photography- how to be a visual storyteller and share how to create visually exciting images from the things you see – whether they are world renown landmarks or private moments in your backyard. Or perhaps a spectacular gala event or a moment alone where the light caught your eye in a cool design on your own coffee table.
It doesn’t matter- where or how, obvious or not, important or insignificant…we all see art and design. Many of us also have a desire to capture it, to relish it, to publish it or just relive the moment and appreciate the fleeting beauty once again!
I’m one of those people. I see art and design everywhere. I get excited when I see light streaming through –anything! I am psychotic about shadows. A pure texture junkie. I dream in crazy colors and just want to smear my images into artistic paintings with virtual brushes.
I call myself a “photo-maniac” because I love to experience life through the lens of my camera. My preferred view is through a lens and viewfinder. [Oh yeah… like a 7mm wide in infrared!!] …. that gets me going! I wish I could just strap my infrared to my head and see the world that way all the time! LOL
I don’t know where it came from, but it’s been my passion since Christmas,1982. It’s what I do, what I love, what I’m passionate about, never tire of and delight to teach.
So that is my goal here: To teach you what I know, to instill a true love for photography, whet the appetite of your creativity and teach you some new skills to make it fun. It’s a creative discovery and a never-ending journey of seeing with new eyes. There’s no ceiling to the creativity or the perspective possibilities! And Art is in the eye of the beholder. You can see and create your art in any way you want. Freedom is an element in the journey because there are few hard rules; you are free to express your vision any way you wish.