Spark: sixteen

A series about people that have influenced my creative path

8b29516vDorothea Lange; Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936

A small part of my BA in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins was spent doing ‘complimentary studies’. Running in parallel with our design work we researched and discussed Art and Design history. One of my tutors gave lectures on photojournalism and through him I became fascinated by the power of photography… how so much could be conveyed in a single frame. One of the first images he showed us was this acclaimed portrait of a destitute mother (Florence Owens Thompson) from the Californian Dust Bowl, by Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). It has stuck with me ever since. In fact, looking at again over the last few weeks, I feel it resonates with me even more, because now I have children.

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