It’s important for any photographer, amateur or professional, to keep an eye on their contemporaries. I tend to do this for both inspiration and aspiration, as there are many photographers out there that do what they do extremely well and this encourages me to raise my own bar. In my interview with Inspire Eye, I revealed a few of these photographers and thought I’d start a monthly feature highlighting some of the photographers that inspire me, beginning with those I named in that interview.
Valérie Jardin is a French photographer, currently residing in the United States. She is self-taught and the author of numerous books and ebooks, including Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind the Lens and Travel Photography: See Beyond the Postcard. From her website, “I thrive on searching and waiting for just the right moment when a story unfolds in a single frame; where context and subject intersect with me there, honored to tell its story to the world. And I am happiest when I get lost on purpose, and let the city reveal its magic to me. The urban landscape is always surprising me with the new stories that unfold throughout the day and into the night.” More of her work can be found on her website: https://valeriejardinphotography.com/