Each month, photographers will tap
into the different types of imagery that
inspires their creativity.
Moods change and so do our sources
of inspiration. Today I’m not as moved
by the images I used to save. They’re
still great, but I’ve moved on.
No matter my mood, I always
gravitate toward layers, symmetry,
blur, softness, femininity and intimacy.
I’ve very recently fallen madly in awe
with Vivian Maier’s work, and trying to
decipher photographer Davis Ayer’s
dreamy technique keeps my insomnia
intact. But I’ve been feeling most
inspired by Wong Kar-wai films (bottom
left); his choice of colored light and
composition with heavy doses of never-ending tension between his subjects
just thrills me. I’m inspired to create
images that leave the viewer wondering
what my subjects are thinking, and
what’s going to happen next.
Chellise Michael is a Brooklyn, New
York-based wedding photographer
and a 30 Rising Star 2015. She and
her husband, shooting partner
Mike Busse, recently launched
Meet the Michaels, a home for their
experimental fine-art photography.
FROM TOP DO WN, LEF T TO RIGHT: Elisabeth
Timpone illustration; surface of Mars,
HiRISE; “Time Travel,” Davis Ayer;
Vivian Maier; Annette Pehrsson;
(flowers and door) “Symbiosis,” Davis
Ayer; Wong Kar-wai; Klara Sucre;
William Morris pattern; “Goldheart
Collective,” Davis Ayer.