Three Lessons Learned From William Eggleston The Master Of Mundane!

in #art5 years ago

Apologies for the lack of activity lately!

Last week marked the end of the Australian financial year and I ended up working over 50 hours which didn't leave much time to chill out and work on a quality post for you all. I don't believe it posting something on Steemit just for the sake of it so instead of posting something half baked I decided to wait until I had time to sit down and write something of value for the platform.

Hopefully I'll be able to get out and make some original photos to post soon.

So without further ado I present...

Lessons learned from William Eggleston's photography


1. Use colour tactically!

Not so long ago photography as an art form was stricly limited to the black and white. If you read my previous post covering the lessons learned from Henri Cartier-Bresson you would notice they were all in black and white. Eggleston took a lot of inspiration from Henri however his approach harnessed colour in a way the photographic art world had never experienced.


There are a so many different aspects to colour theory many of them we already know subconsciously such as the difference between warm and cool colours. Even aspects of complimentary colouring is registered subconsciously in the mind such as the red/orange colouration of the cup and its shadow contrasting with the blue of the sky outside the aeroplane window. Eggleston mastered this approach by making photos of everyday things that had a way of standing out from the ordinary. So brush up on your colour theory knowledge and always have your eyes alert to the colours that are around us every day.

2. Get a new perspective!

Eggleston made a name for himself by photographing every day object. At first he was criticised and to be fair it's pretty easy to look at his work and wonder why you would bother photographing something so boring... It's impossible to overlook the fact that even though he photographed the mundane he did it in a way that made us look a little longer and this was often through the use of perspective.


It's easy to see how Eggleston would have gotten low to the ground with his camera in this shot which makes the tricycle look larger than life all the while sharing a perspective of history. He does this also with the following photo.


I love this shot for its use of perspective as well as colour. He has used the lines of the cars body to draw the viewer to the female subject. The take away here is to not just take a photo from where you are standing but make an effort to find the most interesting angle available.

3. Capture the mundane, it'll be history one day!


It's easy to look around and see the same old thing, because to us that's what it is. But what about 20 years down the track? Most of Eggleston's work wasn't recognised for a few decades. Looking back now we can see that he not only captured his subjects in a visually pleasing way he did a great job of cataloguing a period of time and we can all do the same. From fashion to technology and even ways of life.


So don't hesitate to make your own catalogue of your immediate world. Find the beauty in the mundane and capture it in beautiful ways following the techniques mentioned above, in other posts or throughout the internet.


I hope you enjoyed the work of William Eggleston and took something away from it. It's always a good idea to find inspiration from other artists and take away what you want. We won't all like the same thing but the principles are the same. So get out there and make great photos.

If you have a favourite photographer I would love to know what lessons you have learned from their work, feel free to comment below!

Yours with Purpose

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I really loved this post...
it changed my perspective in understanding daily photography...kinda encouraging ...

Hey glad you liked it mate! It’s always a good idea to analyse other photographers and learn from their point of view.

Thanks for stopping by!

Great article 😊👍 thanks about

No worries glad you liked it! Thank you for stopping by

it's my pleasure :)

@harrynewman really great post worth reading taught me a lot surely will try in my photography will surely look forward for your posts😘❤👍

I’m glad you found it useful! Eggleston is a great photographer with a lot of good techniques to share 😁

This is a genius post Harry well done! I love your choices of photos to elaborate on the techniques too. I do love finding new perspectives in this way myself when lining up shots. And working with colours in a conscious way is fun too which can bring surprisingly pleasing results. Upvoted and resteemed this useful and very well written and presented post. 👏👏👏👏❤️🦋🌴🌈

So glad you like it Sally! You always get unique perspectives of jungle life 🌿🦗🦋

No need to apologize!

I don't believe it posting something on Steemit just for the sake of it so instead of posting something half baked I decided to wait until I had time to sit down and write something of value for the platform.

I feel the same lately.

I suppose it's a double edged sword because I not only don't post but I don't curate either which doesn't do the platform much good... Either was the full on work week is done now so I'll be more active moving forward. Hope all goes well with the website too Diabolika, sounds like a mission but I'm sure it'll be worth it!

Good work :)

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Awesome post to learn something new about photography.. posts like this are very helpful..