There are two reasons I wanted to be a photographer/visual storyteller: the first is cinematographer Caleb Deschanel . Many photographers are influenced by other still photographers. I was definitely influenced by fellow Hoosiers Peter Turnley and David Turnley, but I did not know of them at the age of 10. I fell in love with images without words through the cinematography of Caleb Deschanel when I walked out of the theatre in 1978 after seeing The Black Stallion.
I had never seen a movie where the first half was almost without dialogue. I loved horses, but I left the theater loving film and the power of storytelling without words even more. I was so in love with it I could barely sleep that night. I’ve since seen the movie over and over again – even as an adult. I remember 10 years later melting down into tears over one of the scenes during Christmas break from college. My brothers turned to me and said “What the hell is wrong with you?” This scene was/is especially memorable for me. *link below.