I am completely tied up with softness, fragility, and the problems of a feminine world –  Lillian Bassman

One of the lesser known but still incredibly influential fashion photographers of the 20th century, Ukrainian-born Lillian Bassman is an inspirational woman and one of my all-time favorites.

I not only appreciate her for her talent and her passion, but how her work is so subtly intimate, and how it celebrates woman and the essence of what makes them extraordinary in a unique and empowering way.

She thrived in photography’s early days, boldly capturing the female figure, and producing unforgettable images using creative darkroom techniques which make her images forever classics.

This may be the first you’ve heard of her, but her work played a major role in shaping me as a young artist and continues to inspire me even now. In my work, through the strategic use of light, motion, film and styling I continually strive to capture the beauty, the mystery, the allure of a woman the way that Lillian accomplished so effortlessly.

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For me, my camera is an extension of my heart, constantly teaching me to appreciate the simple beauty that surrounds us all in our daily lives, the beauty that is so often overlooked.

So, like Lillian, I seek to create images that encourage women to see themselves in a new light, ones that will help them be able to practice the art of self-acceptance.

This is love in its purest sense, one that will only multiply, creating a greater quality of life, light, and love to share with others.

Because truly you can only love another once you are able to love yourself.