Where do you find inspiration for your art? I believe inspiration cannot happen in a vacuum--that it must have a source. The source of my inspiration is a combination of my life experiences, philosophy and theology, my own innate uniqueness, and interaction with other art. These foundational elements have formed (and continue to form) my understandings, perspectives, and sensibilities--all of which inform my artistic expression.
I'm often attracted to symmetry, which is probably why I really like the work of Joel Grimes, who often uses a symmetrical 3-light setup in his portrait work. Since our understanding is, by nature, accomplished through the lens of human understanding, I am also enthralled with conceptual and narrative art involving human subjects. And sometimes I appreciate art because, for whatever subjective reason, it has a high "fun factor."
My "Mountain Bike" image was inspired by some fascinating motorcycles created by Trina Merry, as well as the movie Tron. The concept was to create a mountain bike with a person functioning as the bicycle frame. How to make it happen took some thought, but I eventually had an epiphany while laying in bed one morning. The accompanying behind-the-scenes photo illustrates my technical solution, which was shot in the studio and composited onto a background image in post-processing. I did not have what I felt was the "right" background image, so I purchased a stock image (the Bolivian salt flats) from 123rf.com to use until I am able to capture one I prefer.
Special thanks for making this concept into a reality go to Natalie (fitness model) and HavocArt studio.
Kristoffer Cox Photography: Artisan Portraits and Conceptual Images