Photography allows me to escape the world that sometimes feels too close, and search for moments that reveal alternative possibilities.
Name: Eliot Dudik
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Style of photography: Landscape (Lyrical Documentary?)
Type of camera(s): View Camera
What gives you inspiration?
I often find inspiration for photography in general from discovering new photography books. I have built quite a collection and I never tire from thumbing through all kinds of books. I am also inspired to make photographs every time I get in the car and start a relatively aimless drive. My mind becomes clear from all other pressing responsibilities, and I become immersed in the landscape.
What are your influences?
My influences stem from a childhood surrounded by the landscape of my family’s sheep farm. I have been subject to the beauty of the outdoors my whole life. Later, influences through my studies in Anthropology and Art History helped to sculpt my curiosity in culture. Today, I am influenced by countless photographers, but some of the most important to me include: Joel Sternfeld, Stephen Shore, Richard Misrach, and Alec Soth.
Why did you choose these photos?
I chose these four photos because they are a good representation of the landscape work found within my book ROAD ENDS IN WATER.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is a form of expression that makes sense to me. It allows me to escape the world that sometimes feels too close, and search for moments that reveal alternative possibilities.
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