Photographer Robert Clark

Photographer Robert Clark has produced iconic work for over 40 issues of National Geographic, as well as the best selling book and movie, Friday Night Lights. I spoke to him about how to find one’s voice as a photographer, he talked about his mentors, and the gifts that photography has brought into his life.

“It’s about growth, and being open to things, and trying to continue to learn, to be the best version of yourself that you can be.”

Robert Clark

“It’s about growth, and being open to things, and trying to continue to learn, to be the best version of yourself that you can be.”

Robert Clark

We learn by stereotypes. 
Musicians all learn the same notes and the same scales. After a while, you start rearranging it, playing with it, and doing something that’s yours. 
It’s kind of the same to me – 
You learn to shoot a silloutte. 
You learn to shoot a close up. 
You learn to use north light. 
You learn to use back light, 
It’s all been done, it’s a limited medium – 
…but then you are doing it yourself…
The more you do it, the more you refine your own voice. 

Robert Clark

“You’ve got to ride the horse in the direction it’s going”. 

Robert Clark

More on Robert Clark:

RobertClark.com

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/contributors/c/photographer-robert-clark/

Check out images from the photo campaign for Sony / Erickson where he shot everything on their latest (at the time) flip phone,. It’s a testament to what he said about point of view being more important than equipment. Specifically, the S710a.

Next time you think your equipment is holding you back from making great images, look over Robert’s work.

Rob’s work is brilliant. I fell in love with this portrait of a calf in Wisconsin from his Instagram, which you can follow here:

https://www.instagram.com/robertclarkphoto/

Purchase his book, “EVOLUTION: A VISUAL RECORD”:

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