My Biggest Inspirations

David Lean

A still from  Lawrence of Arabia.

A still from Lawrence of Arabia.

Lawrence of Arabia, is a masterpiece, simply put. It is a film I will always have on my computer and will always be one that I watch religiously. This is the film that first sparked my love of all things film and photography. It tells the story of T.E. Lawrence's role in the Arab Uprising during the First World War, and his slow fall from grace. It is a true tragedy, with brilliant visuals and music in every single scene. The light, the cuts, the acting, everything about this movie is perfect. It truly is one of the greatest films ever made. If you have the chance, watch the 4k restoration. It will truly change how you experience the film.

Amy Shore

A recent photo captured by photographer Amy Shore.

A recent photo captured by photographer Amy Shore.

Amy Shore is who really pushed me to realize that I could actually pursue automotive photography as a career. Obviously her photography is wonderful, but much of her influence was due to her blog postings documenting her journey. Thus, she is a major inspiration to my blog posts as well. 

Laurent Nivalle

A photo from the 2012 Le Mans Classic.

A photo from the 2012 Le Mans Classic.

His black and white photos of the 2012 Le Mans race are simply masterful. His work is the closest thing to "perfect" automotive photography that I could think of. The unique blend of automotive, journalistic, and street photography styles that flow through Nivalle's work never cease to amaze me. 

Ridley Scott

A still from  Blade Runner.

A still from Blade Runner.

Blade Runner is the movie that made me love my city. Filmed exclusively in Los Angeles, the film features stunning locations such as the Bradbury Building and Union Station. The former is a wrought iron masterpiece and holds the distinction of being the oldest office building in the city. The later is a unique blend of the mission style and art deco, clad in gold, adobe, and metal. The cinematography in this movie is nothing short of fantastic, it truly is one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made.

Wes Anderson

A fantastic still from  The Life Aquatic.

A fantastic still from The Life Aquatic.

I don't know how to say something that hasn't already been said a hundred times, all of Wes Anderson's visuals are simply stunning. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Grand Budapest Hotel are two of my favorites, but there's not a single one of his movies that isn't beautiful. Watching his movies always get me inspired to create and experiment with my work.