Inquiry in artistry – Lauren

Someone once told me all art was theft. Now, take that with whatever grain of salt you so please, but I took said advice to heart. Research is an essential part of artistry. Despite apparently common belief, artists don’t just pull their work technique out of their ass. For most of us, technique is what defines us. How we do our work is who we are, and we learn who we want to be through others. To start my independent arts project, I knew research would have to be my first priority. To carry on an extended project, I needed to create my expectations and goals, o I plunged into the sea of artistry and came out on top with my greatest resources.

Alison Wright is a photographer closely affiliated with national geographic, my favorite magazine to date, whom has a talent which reaches far beyond her ability to take a concise image for a singular story. Alison’s work has an incredibly unique disposition about it, which is why I’ve chosen to start my independent research with her work.

Photo by Alison Wright  "Tibet Girl, near Manigango, Kham, Tibet, 2005"

Photo by Alison Wright
“Tibet Girl, near Manigango, Kham, Tibet, 2005”

Photo by Alison Wright  "Duka from Hamer tribe holding a gourd, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2006"

Photo by Alison Wright
“Duka from Hamer tribe holding a gourd, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2006”

Her work within Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit holds a beautiful compilation of Alison’s portraits from around the globe. Though I clearly won’t be traveling to South Africa or Taiwan, I will be working closely with the the greater Westtown community in my portraiture endeavours. Through Alison’s work I’ve been able to gauge my standards for stylism and technical skill. Each of her images has a profound personality, showing her talent in the trade. Alison’s work also shows keen skills in color scheme, an oddity in the photojournalist’s world. Even in very unaccomodating conditions, Alison can capture the essence of the moment, the subject, and her unique perspective all in one package. I truly admire her ability to show individuality. Needless to say, when it comes to Alison Wright, I think there’s a good amount to be learned from her work.


As I continue on, I hope to keep in mind the importance of stylistic realism which Alison Wright’s work has taught me. Moving forward, I’d like to look further into photographic style, but also work to shake the rust off of my fine arts brain. I’ll be doing character studies, sketches, drafts, and still lifes in lieu of my research and photographical endeavors.

Westtown fruits better watch their back.



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