Finding Inspiration

by KATHY RUGH

Every artist seeks inspiration to keep them active in their practice. Photographer Emmet Gowin has found inspiration for his work in a variety ways. Some of his early work in the 1960’s and 70’s centered on imagery of his wife, Edith. She became his muse.

Gowin’s thoughtful and poetic photographs of Edith are engaging. They have continued through the decades, allowing the viewer a way to slowly become more aware of this evolving woman.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Gowin recommends that in the creative process one has to learn to be patient and look around them for clues as to where they are headed. “Some of them seem so focused and relevant to you personally that I think you would feel bad if you didn’t act on it. Pretty soon, you’re doing something, and you say, almost by surprise, ‘I guess this is where I was going, but I didn’t know it at the time.’ ”