About Photographer Clarence Sumlin
I have been working as a photographer both professionally and academically for several years. I have found, through my growth as a photographic artist, that the genre of fashion photography provides the best outlet for my creativity. With fashion photography I can pull from many sources of inspiration and other genres in creating themes and concepts for editorial purposes that resonate my ideas and thoughts.
My style is combining and providing balance between subjects that have opposing natural narratives. Natural narratives are the first impressions or thoughts when you view something for the first time. My photographic philosophy in creating images is similar to the concept of “Yin and Yang.” When opposing halves or parts are alone or by similar fragments those pieces have little to no meaning, influence, or impact. It is when those opposing halves are put together that a broader concept can be found. Often, I take this approach when developing themes for on location fashion shoots; the scene contradicts the styling in some manner that makes the overall image more visually appealing. The visual tension caused by contrasting elements allows the viewer to see a deeper concept beyond just selling clothing.