I watched a particularly bite-sized documentary on the photographer Marty Knapp, which delved a little into his photographic interests and past.
I was particularly impressed by the shots used by the director, Logan Kelsey. The videography rivalled Knapp’s photography in composition and visual language; wide scenes of the very landscapes Knapp was surveying. The abilities of the director help cement those of the photographer- we see the beauty Knapp is searching for thanks to the beauty of the footage we view him through.
What I found interesting was that the focus wasn’t particularly his photography. Rather, an insight into who he is and what drives and interests him. He describes photography as the medium he has “dedicated [his] life to”, but this isn’t for money or fame. Instead, his visceral reaction to his first camera and his connection with the beauty of nature are what drive him.
On a strictly personal level, Knapp gives me some hope for the future. When he expresses, “In my early twenties I partied a lot, I wasn’t really disciplined in my art” I see an artist who has excelled in his field without having to have done everything correctly from the start. It’s fair to say I’ve had an unbalanced and rocky start to my photographic life, but Knapp inspires optimism for my own growth in years to come.
1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCyEWIvGO8E. (2014). Marty Knapp – Portrait of a Photographer. [Online Video]. 17 September. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCyEWIvGO8E. [Accessed: 01 April 2016].