I would like to talk a bit about sources of inspiration today, starting off by introducing the work of my fellow photographer Adam Rowney.
These images are from his last publication. I love them because of their elegance, achieved by a clean composition and impeccable use of black and white. The lighting on these shots comes from a flashgun diffused by an umbrella – simple stuff done right: note how the light wraps around the model, the smooth transition between light and shadows which retain detail on the blacks, and the softness of those shadows. This is a beautiful example of Rembrandt lighting.