One of my major influences in terms of telling a story through images, is the Danish documentary photographer Jan Grarup. He definitely falls under the ‘money-shot’ idea, but his way of getting close to the action and seemingly being invisible is amazing. I’m not necessarily a fan of his style being almost purely black & white, but it definitely has a particular feel to it. And all of his shots are gorgeous, speaking to the aesthetic I hope to bring into my cinematography.
According to Kubrick, you don’t have to know much to make film, but you have to know photography. Something that Kubrick was especially known for regards to his cinematography was showing natural light sources, which came to be due to his background as a photographer before he switched to film.
He was also extremely good at knowing what to show – using the frame as well as what isn’t in the frame. He applied use of mirrors to expand the mise-en-scene, and played with what the photo was actually about, inspired by Arthur ‘Weegee’ Fellig..
Apart from that, he knew how to tell a story simply through the mise-en-scene, also due to his background as a photographer.
An amazing cinematographer, Roger Deakins is an influence that offers me ways in which to look at both beautifully and motivatedly shot films. Looking at his work is supposed to help me not having every shot being the ‘money-shot’, but ways in which to shoot scenes which makes it captivating, while also having it be motivated by the action.
I am especially in awe of his use of silhouettes, as seen in the stills from Sicairo and Skyfall.
An adventure photographer, he is one of my influences in regards to skiphhotography. His photos are clearly stylized having the important parts of the image pop out instead of having necessarily the most realistic looking photos. The same can be said for my skiing photos