When I Became An Artist

August 12, 2014  •  1 Comment

One thing I have learned in my photography journey is that what I am doing is art.  While photography does have its rules and some follow it to the extreme, I’ve come to realize, after a lecture with the incomparable Joel Grimes, and with my own gut feeling, that I am an artist.  Sometimes my pictures aren’t the sharpest (I was going for the old time, film noir look), or that my editing don’t follow the guide lines, the end result is what I wanted out of the photo and my clients, who’s ultimate opinion matters the most, love them.

I was always looking for the best gear or asking about specific gear when, in all honesty, I have all I need.  And if I were to get any kind of certain gear, it's only as good as my talent will make it.  I have taken fantastic shots with an entry level camera and kit lens.  I have taken stunning pictures using a $14 flash.  I know that  the better quality gear can help, but really, it's my talent that makes an image.

When Facebook started these wonderful groups where other photographers gathered, I was so excited.  I can share my work for critique and maybe even a few attaboys.  I joined as many as I could find.  I posted a lot of work.  Answered questions that were asked, even asked a few myself.  And what I learned is that they didn’t teach me anything more than I already knew.  In fact, most of the answers/critiques/responses were more geared to hurt than to help.  There are a lot of photographers out there who think it’s their way or the highway.  I post a photo for genuine critique and literally get no response.  Yet I see photos that received a lot of comments, normally because they were bad photographs.  It seems like my fellow photographers like to really tear down someone.

 

 

What I came to realize is that I don’t NEED any of that.  I left all those groups.  I stayed in a few modeling groups and local photography groups that I have enjoyed talking with some of my local peeps.  I am much more confident in the quality of my art so I don’t need the negativity.  If I need some opinions, I have a select group of people whom I feel will give me some unvarnished answers. 

My aim is to create beautiful art.  I have branched out a bit more into fashion and modeling work and have really found that my art has leaped forward quite a bit.  I find myself enjoying the process more and am making better art because of it.  Thank you all for following along my art and allowing me to share with you.

 

 


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Leah M.(non-registered)
I started stalking your work when you posted photos of Reesa - my beautiful friend. I'm totally captivated by your work! You truly are an artist and I'm sorry you had to experience that ugliness. I have found, both in my previous career in Human Resources and my current one in Direct Sales, that if you have something to be envied you will be targeted by those ugly people. You are *so* talented with an unconventional sense of beauty that you have mastered capturing. Let them try and tear you down, and know that they're doing it out of subconscious jealousy because they don't have the ability to see the world the way you do.
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