Inspire Speaker: Kelly Segre

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In this series of blog posts we are introducing people who are speaking at and attending Inspire 2014. Today we’d like to introduce you toKelly Segre of Gré  who will be leading a workshop on The Intimate Side of Boudoir Photography

Kelly Segre

When I first started my career as a professional photographer I honestly had no idea where it was going to take me. Looking back, I remember tearing out photos from fashion magazines and putting them up on my wall starting when I was about eleven. But what is really interesting is that I would only take out the black and white ones. I was obsessed with pretty much any black and white image I could find in my mom’s fashion magazines.

Every now and then I think back to those days and still notice the inspiration of some of the greats like Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton and Irving Penn in my own work. I loved, and still love, their black and white photography. To me there is a certain intimacy you capture when shooting in black and white.

I think that every photographer has something inside of them in which they try to connect with through their work. Maybe it is a style, maybe it is weddings or portraits or fashion. For me, there is a connection with film and black and white photography. Maybe it goes back to my youth when I spent time with my father in his darkroom watching the images magically appear on the paper. Photography holds a bit of nostalgia for me. It is about capturing time. It is taking a fraction of a second and making it last forever.

When I see the world I often actually see it in black and white. I look at contrast and where the light is coming from in my every day, normal life. My eyes are my camera and my actual camera is just an extension of me and how I see the world. Every year since 1999 I have driven across the country, and while I have taken some photographs on these road trips, for the most part it is just me, staring out the window for miles creating black & white landscapes in my head. Maybe I do this because I’ve never really been good at taking landscapes or perhaps it’s just because I like to visualize the possibilities in my mind. I think other photographers can understand this too, I know I cannot be the only one who sees the world like this!

These are some of the reasons why I am inspired by so many of the great photographers. The inspiration doesn’t come from who or what they photographed or how they did it, it comes from being able to see the world through their eyes. Photography is an art where you are able to actually share how you see the world with the rest of the world.

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