Not only am I inspired by the photography of Robert Adams, but by his writing as well. This excerpt is from his book Beauty in Photography (2005).
Beauty in Photography, by Robert Adams, Aperture (June 15, 2005)
Though my main character is a woman and I am a man, I can make my film a personal matter by telling her story through my eyes, emotions and experience. Ultimately, her strife and angst needs to be my own. I must not write from detached observation, but rather from the gut, from my core being.
This film is not about being a woman; it’s about being human under certain circumstances. And the way in which I depict being human will invariably spring from my own life. And let’s not forget about the actress who will play the woman; she will bring herself to the role as well. As her director, I will encourage that she take ownership of the role and authentically give shape to a living, breathing soul. Together we will create a unique fusion of life and experience in one character.
Here is one of my favorite photographs by Mr. Adams, which, thus far, suits the subject of my film very well.
Robert Adams, Housing Tract – Colorado Springs 1968