If you really want to know what makes an artist tick, ask who they look to for inspiration. More often than not you’ll get an insight on that artist that’s invisible from the outside.
While art can be a solitary pursuit, it almost never happens without the artist seeing something that someone else has created. This is really the true definition of “influencer” which has real meaning unlike the incidental use of the word today in the realm of consumerism.
There have been a lot of influencers on my artistic path and I’ve been lucky to have never run out. Interestingly, some of the most important ones have come to me relatively recently.
This portrait is of Ashley Morrison of Belfast in Northern Ireland. We’ve known each other since 2006 but this photo session from 2017 was the first time we had a chance to spend time together in person.
Ashely is an extraordinary artist and a constant source of inspiration to me thanks to his unique and determined approach to the business of commercial photography. I’ve learned more from him than I could have in any classroom.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.