uomo cerca donna Catania This is a tough selection to make because Herb Ritts is something of a hero to me. When I started my photographic journey, a friend and mentor of mine turned me on to this prolific photographer. I remember the first time I looked up his photos, they absolutely blew me away. I have always loved his simplistic lighting set ups that create such an amazingly dynamic look. I read an article a while back from a one time assistant of his that described her first day with Ritts. She said that Ritts was shooting with a young Kevin Spacey and all he was using for a light source was a single light with an umbrella that created a Renoir lighting style. Many modern photographers, especially the ones who love there many many lights, would scoff at a one light set up, but that was Ritts’ style. He loved using simplicity to bring out a myriad of complexities. I personally, am still heavily influenced by Ritts and pride myself in utilizing natural light, especially unfiltered sun light as much as possible. One of my most memorable times as a photographer was when on a camping trip to Joshua Tree, I was shooting a portrait of a friend and an onlooker asked to see the picture I took. I showed him the back of the camera and he said, “wow, you really have a Herb Ritts thing going on”. I still vividly remember that and continually tip my cap to this legend of a photographer. With that, let’s start the list.
6. Tony with Body Mask, Joshua Tree, 19855. Christy Turlington, Hollywood, 19884. Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood, 1989
If you want to see more of his prolific work, check out HerbRitts.com or simply google image his name, that’s usually what I do!