Usually, artistic inspirations can range from something as miniscule as a mere object, or as vast as a city skyline. Photographer Ian Ruther found inspiration from the latter, explicitly the Los Angeles skyline as seen from his apartment window. Little did he know that from this overwhelming revelation, a bright idea would emerge in his mind that would change the rest of his life.
After years of using photography as a means of expression, Ruther found that he lost his passion for the art form after seeing that everyone had the same camera, resulting in the same types of images. Seeing the California metropolis in the frame of his window allowed the soon-to-be morphing photographer to retrieve his passion by deciding to build his own camera that would produce images unlike any other — images depicting living moments that would envelope the viewer. In order to make this possible, and with no desire to put limitations on himself whatsoever, the innovative artist traded in essentially what he worked for all his life and turned his van into a studio and camera on wheels. His van serves as the home to the conception of the silver wet-plated photographs he creates all by hand. The results are nothing short of amazing.
Ruther’s fantastic video, which is shown above, depicts the variety of struggles and highs that he undergoes in continuing his art. It’s truly an inspiring video that alludes to the importance of setting goals and following your dreams concerning your biggest passions.