From the Masters William Eggleston

November 23, 2015  •  3 Comments


This past month, our "From the Masters" group studied William Eggleston. To be honest, I did not know who he was. When I looked up his name I was immediately struck by his use of color. It was used in such a painterly, rich, intuitive way, so that every day boring scenes, ones you and I walk by every single day, came to life. I was particularly inspired because I took the wonderful color theory class by my friend Roxanne Bryant this past spring and I could actually see how Eggleston used a warm and cool palette, and how the colors worked so perfectly together. The thing is, Eggleston makes it look easy. In actuality, when I tried to go around and find everyday, very boring, and truly ugly surroundings and make them look like a painting, it was quite hard. Normally I am shooting landscapes and my children.  For these I took my camera into our town and even tried a few different ugly settings such as my garage (gasp). It was challenging. My favorite part of this month was working on my color and seeing how different colors worked together and then attempting to look at my surroundings with a painterly eye. I love rich colors so I bumped up my saturation and even changed the colors in some of these images to work well together.  


Now please follow the circle around and check out my lovely friend Antonieta's post this month! 




The one with the snow and the tire tracks is so good! Love them all together :)
I couldn't have said it better.....great post this month!
"In actuality, when I tried to go around and find everyday, very boring, and truly ugly surroundings and make them look like a painting, it was quite hard."

Yes! I completely agree. There are these 'layers' to his work that you have master, from his color theory to capturing the mundane to his way of breaking rules, and just when you think you've got one part realize you have so much more to learn and that's when you understand how sneakily talented he is ;)

These look beautiful!
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