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The Cycle Of Art Creation: The Analysis Of Filmmaker And Director Todd Cole

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Photographer Elliot Erwitt once stated, “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” This quote has deeply guided me in my analysis of what I call a cycle of art creation. When one pays close attention to the artwork of a particular artist, one is able to distinguish certain details that prove it is the artist's work. To me, it is significant to be able to establish an artist as their own rather than just another person following the trend. Each artist, whether they notice it or not, has a series of repercussions in their art; there are details that continue to reappear in their work that makes it their own signature style. When creating art, everything is drawn from this sea of experience that the artist may not realize that they are continually using, making it this cycle of art creation. It is about the minute details one can establish that truly makes it a work of art. By exploring the video works of director and filmmaker Todd Cole, I was able to analyze characteristics which establish his signature style. He has a particular rhythm just like music, dance, and movement have a particular rhythm. In his fashion film "Honor," the model is present in a landscape creating a perfect mood. It is about noticing that one, little movement that the she does, holding that one beat, causing tension, and from here, the film seems completely and naturally orchestrated.
I have always been fascinated by the simple beauty that surrounds us. As I grew, I learned that art was not only beautiful, but was an influential way to show others the beauty that I saw in the world. Since diving into the world of photography and film in 2009, I have learned that a well constructed story told through audio and visual mediums can reach further and leave a lasting impression on others. The works of Todd Cole have inspired and artistically motivated me.  His unique perspective tells a story and shows the beauty of the wonderful world in which we all live. Todd Cole is based in Los Angeles, California. His moody photographs and videos are saturated with both light and nature. The New York Times, Vogue, Purple, T Magazine, and others, have featured his fashion editorials and portraiture.1 Growing up in Houston, Texas, Todd had an interesting life. His father was a scientist/geologist and his mother was an avid socialite. He attended college and graduated with business degree because he thought it would be useful. After working for some stock-brokers, he realized he was unhappy and decided to make the move to Los Angeles to become a director. With the help of friends who graduated from art school, he taught himself photography and assisted some well-known directors.2 From here, this allows me to begin my introduction of Todd Cole.
To begin, I am interested in the works of Todd Cole because of the element of...

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