Ballymena Guardian 17th Sept Issue Pg 6 North of Eden - a photographic journey to the derelict side
My new book is North of Eden .. A personal odyssey through my homeland , 30 years of abandoned place.
This is a response to those who ask about the influences in my photography, being self taught there are many conscious and unconscious including music, literature, storytelling and art far too many to list here on this blog. I’m sure it surprizes a few that fellow photographers aren’t high on my list but I’ll come back to that at a later date as here I want to show some of the more cinematic influences for me.
It’s the opposite to jump cuts and commercial its more about poetics and emotion, and like friends who have told me similar to Donald Trump etc they don’t do subtitles, similarly with black and white or silent they just don’t get it.
So if your still here you will be rewarded with different endings, something to think about for a while and a visual feast. If that doesn’t suit one of my favourite responses is from the Turkish conductor on the 14hr train journey Istanbul to Thessalonica who when people complained he instructed “Go back to sleep!”
But if you’re ready here are my top 20 Movie Directors who have influenced my photography …
Carl Dreyer/ Faces
Andrei Tarkovsky /Colour
Yasujirō Ozu /Low Angle Interiors
Krzysztof Kieślowski /Colour Washes
Béla Tarr /Black & White Long Shots & Weather
Paweł Pawlikowsk /Black & White
Roman Polanski /Interior Angles
Michelangelo Antonioni /Architecture & Saturation
Leos Carax /Grand Staging
Wim Wenders /Location & Placing
Pedro Almodovar/Colour & Interiors
Christopher Doyle in Wong Kar-Wai /Master of Saturation and Angles
Nuri Bilge Ceylan /Subtle Washes & Locations
Pier Paolo Pasolini/ Street & Angles
Federico Fellini /Faces & Theatrical
Theo Angelopoulos /Place & Time
Wes Anderson /Interiors and Still life
David Lynch /The Subconscious
David Lean /Space and Place
Stanley Kubrick /Expanse
Thanks to the contributors, my opinions are personal and I welcome any responses.