Instagram has opened me up in other ways, too. Not only was I influenced by other artists, but I was empowered by the social media site to actually tell them, to share with them work I made because of the influence they had over my POV. Being able to see great art and copy or be inspired by them, is a timeless tradition. (I’m not talking about “paste and cut”, obviously, which in the digital age is so easy and a serious problem on IG!)
This photograph was inspired by a Scottish photographer, who at the time was sharing a lot of great photographs of “lone trees”. I thought of him when I took this shot and felt empowered enough by my earlier exchange with the Greek artist, to actually come right out and tell the Scot that I was thinking of his work when I took this. He, too, was a polite and encouraging fellow artist, whom I have a lot of respect for.