I thought I’d start a new section here on the blog.

Images that inspire me.

I don’t look at these images and try to imitate them or use them in any way. Sometimes I don’t even think about them. But they are images that have meant something to me at some point in my life. And therefore they are a part of me. In some way. They are images I love, not necessarily images I want to take.

Except maybe this one.

I wish I took it.

But then again, if I had, I would be a very old man now.

The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville” was shot by Robert Doisneau in 1950.


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  1. Yes, it was staged … which should make it all the more inspirational to the wedding photographer. Great vision.

  2. It was one of my favourite pictures as well until I read that it was staged. I still admire it quite much, and it is still a suberb piece of work, but the magic is just not there anymore.

  3. Hey, we all make mistakes. And I’ve seen way worse, believe me. Just be glad that when your head’s in another place you have your faithful readers/fans to save you ;)

  4. Jay: Ha! That is seriously the strangest spelling mistake ever. I find that sometimes your brain just does things I can’t explain. I certainly know the difference between “accept” and “except”, I must have been planning to write something completely different. God knows what though. “I accept the fact that I never could have taken this shot, since I wasn’t even born in the fifties”, is an option that comes to mind.

  5. (Sorry, but the pedant in me has to ask: it’s supposed to say “except maybe this one”, not “accept”, isn’t it?)
    I agree, this is a gorgeous pic, but like Ayesha I can’t comment without mentioning that your photos are just as gorgeous, to say the least.

  6. @ayesha: Thanks so much, that’s such a nice thing to say. If there’s anything I want my photos to do, it would be to tell stories in some way. Or at least make you stop and think about something, whether it is a mood, a color or an emotion.

  7. I always have and always will love this photo. My sister has it printed large on her wall and I remember looking at it when I was young and thinking “man, photography is cool!”.

  8. okay so don’t think i’m a stalker or anything (don’t worry i’m in a different hemisphere) but i have to add another comment… since this is about inspiration and all.
    completely honestly – you are the only photographer whose work i have seen since my college days with the ability to capture an image of something utterly ordinary – a bucket by a wall or something – and make it somehow moving, make it tell a story just like you want it to. to me, the best photography renders the ordinary extraordinary – makes you stop and look at something in a different way, just like poetry, and that’s what your work does. just imagine what you do when you take pictures of stuff that’s actually meaningful anyway – like new babies and weddings! :)
    thank you for inspiring me…
    end rave! :)


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