Influences


December, 1999

by Jon Norris- Copyright, 1999

I grew up in Orange County (Suburban Los Angeles) California. I was a "Baby Boomer", born in 1955 as the third child of four children. I do not have fond memories of my childhood. I was often "Teased and Beat-up" by my older brother. (I have not seen him in 15 years) I did well in School, even though I found the classes to be extremely Boring and Unchallenging. I had to wait until College before I had an Outstanding Instructer.


by Jon Norris- Copyright, 1999

I grew up on Black and White Television, Themed Rock Albums, and Modern Art (The family made frequent trips to Art Museums and Galleries). My Mother is an Artist. I was told at an early age that I would become an artist. My High School Counseler suggested Engineering, I would rather persue Architecture. My parents were right, I ended up becoming an Artist.


by Jon Norris- Copyright, 1999

The following artists/items were of great influence to me:

Rock Musicians- Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who, and (early)Genesis.
Painters- Warhol, Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso.
Photographers- H.H. Bennett, Atget, Seaver, Evans, and Edward Weston.
Movies/Television- 2001, Star Wars, Star Trek, and any Documentary.
Icons- The Corvette, The Stratocaster, and The Nikon F2.


by Jon Norris- Copyright, 1999

These items are influencing my current work:

The Internet.
The Computer (Digital Darkroom).
Low cost of Color Film.
This Web Site (Motivates me to produce more work).
Feedback (this is why I am writing this autoboigraphy).
Site Stastics (I can see which series/images people view most often).


Self Portrait, by Jon Norris- Copyright, 1999

I am currently on an intellectual island. I do not know any Fine-art Photographers, nor Artists. I have found that people who dislike my work outnumber people who like my work Ten to One. I guess that most people expect "Postcard Landscapes". I rarely show anyone my work. I presume that if you are reading this, then you probably like my work. You are in the minority. I will continue to produce work as long as I am able.


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