Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jan Groover's inspiration

There was a post on facebook a few days ago about the passing of Jan Groover, a fabulous photographer whose work was very informative to me in my early explorations of photography. I searched online for more information and then was not sure if it were true as there were people still "friending" her which seemed a bit odd. Well, this morning I read the official obituary in the New York Times here. The Wall Street Journal also ran an article on her titled, The Poetry of the Ordinary.

© Jan Groover

I have always loved her work and when I first started out taking photography courses at the local art center, one of the assignments was to pick a photographer you loved and try to emulate their style. I choose Jan's work. She composed these incredibly beautiful still lives from very ordinary kitchen utensils.

© Jan Groover

I happily went thru my archives of old prints this morning and found a few pieces I made in the 90's that were the outcome of the assignment. I took it a bit further by adding some color to the silver gelatin prints.

© Jane Fulton Alt

© Jane Fulton Alt

"I think most creative people want to express appreciation for being able to take advantage of the work that's been done by others before us." Steve Jobs

Thank you Jan.

1 comment:

David Simonton said...

A beautiful post about a remarkable photographer. Thank you.