Our focus here on IF Blog is of course, illustration. And I would have it no other way. But one of my primary sources of inspiration is photography and there is no photographer I find more inspirational, more “jinky” (whatever that means… must be an Aussie thing) than Barb “Jinky” Uil. Her photographs of children and families burst with life and juicy color. This is a woman who truly understands the magic of childhood and captures it joyfully, beautifully in the bubble of her lens.
But her photos display a thorough understanding of some of the finer elements we employ in illustration and design too. She knows how to limit her palette so that the colors all sing together, how to crop for dynamic affect, how to eliminate everything that doesn’t contribute to the subject at hand and finally, how to tell a story with a single image. Oh, the stories she tells! The children, the families, the chickens (!) in her photos are not just generic smiling faces… they shimmer with individual personality and gleam with originality. And they never fail to make me smile. Visit Barb’s official portfolio site here or her beautiful blog here and then try and tell me she doesn’t immeditately have you grinning from ear to ear too. I won’t believe you.