These three photographers have been, not only favorites of mine ever since I started taking photographs but also influential to me. Over the years I have seen these three photographers develop as artists and become more well-known in the art world. Their ability to capture a youthful and adventurous spirit has always been very influential in my own photo making. Their photographs ignite a nostalgic feeling for freedom from responsibilities and having to work in order to live. These photographs make the viewer feel nostalgic, mostly because people can remember a time when they did not have to go to work or do their taxes at a younger age. Perhaps in college or high school when we are naïve and selfish. I personally feel as though my late years of high school and early years of college are when I would stay out late, go on road trips with friends, drive around the city or countryside all day until we found an uninhabited beautiful place to take pictures of each other against the landscape of nature. Looking at these photos I yearn for a “better” time or a time where I was happier. However, when one looks closely to some of these pictures one is also reminded of the times of struggle, loneliness, and the heartbreak of a first love. These photos are able to make me feel wistful and somehow are able to make me forget about the hardships that came along with being so young. Theo Gosselin is a young French photographer who has travelled all around Europe and the United States. He often portrays a very American southern rock and roll imagery in his photographs. Mike Brodie is an American photographer who on accident took the wrong train to a destination one day and was instantly hooked on traveling in the United States via train. He found a culture and community of young people who would travel by hopping trains to anywhere it would take them in order to explore the world and different places. Brodie often depicts the dangers of train hopping and extreme conditions these people endure in order to travel for free. Ryan McGinley as a young artist moved to New York with his friends and began to make photographs. From New York McGinley would travel to these beautiful landscapes in order to create photographs. I now really appreciate his reputation for his style of photography as an artist. Commercial companies now seek out McGinley to do work for them like Vogue and Mercedes Benz. These photographers all have a very similar aesthetic that is a product of wanting freedom from a corporate society. Each of them have created a community for themselves with people with similar yearnings to escape. All three successfully capture the viewers attention through provocative nudity and shocking activities. These photographers use natural lighting in order to make a “pretty” picture (with sometimes shocking content) that leave the viewer wanting to linger a little longer.