Monthly Archives: March 2010

What is it to be an artist?

I’ve spent a long time and a lot of money on photography, and I am grateful for everything I have learned, and all the experiences I have had.

Lately I have been realizing what it is to be an artist (at least in regards to the photography that I do). One has to think about what people are about ; how they feel; what they’re interested in, and what is important to them… and capture that in a natural, raw (yet flattering) way. That’s something I never really knew before. I know all the technical settings for my camera, where to have the lights, etc., but I never knew the connection with the subject was so important in capturing something in a natural way. Ever look at a photo and think to yourself that the subject isn’t comfortable in it? If you have, odds are that they weren’t comfortable at all.

Strange as it may seem, I tend to make my best images when I’m having a difficult time in my life. Some people even think that in order to be a successful artist of any kind you have to have a lot of pain in your life. (Musicians are the most known for having and enduring lots of pain, due to the widespread reach of their art form). Anyhow, of course I want to be happy, but I’m beginning to wonder if that’s possible given how much I absolutely HAVE to create. If I’m not creating something, I feel like I’m useless. If it came down to it, would I choose happiness over my art? I’m not so sure.

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So much reading…

Lately I've had so much to do at work that I haven't been able to get as much reading done as I'd like. Photography websites, blogs, Flickr, Twitter, Photographer portfolios, forums, etc. There's so much to learn and know about photography that it's overwhelming sometimes. I know I can't ever get through all of it, so I guess my best bet is to just read about what I find interesting in regards to it all. Lately that has been the business side of it all, as opposed to the technicalities of how to produce certain kinds of images. The business aspects aren't all Greek to me, but they're not that far off. It's going to be a lot of hard work but it will be worth it in the end if I'm able to attain what I want.

I really think a year off of everything would help me significantly. Both as a photographer and as a person. I know where my passions lie, I know what I want to do for a living; all I have to do now is get there.

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Throw me back

Not as good as I was hoping it would be. I'm at work so early in the morning that I need to have some caffeine to help me stay awake. I am definitely NOT a coffee drinker, and I happen to like Mt. Dew quite a bit, so it works out. I gotta say I like high fructose corn syryp better.

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Zoom zoom.

A shot of the dash in my car. Just another "hey that might be kinda cool" photo.

I'm trying to take pictures of random things with the BB but never think they're good enough to put up here. I'll attempt to look past the quality and just continue to throw pictures up here as much as possible.

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