Are image trends being made and exploited because of their marketability or because that is what an image creator felt and wanted to say? Or are we being commercially exploited by social engineering that is imitated on millions of web sites world wide ad nauseam. What is privacy now?
We live in such a fast paced information driven age and it has caused us to think quickly without reflection and then move on to the next tid-bit of information as quickly as we can.
Each word we speak, each vision we accept, each moment controlled, each second lessened, all these things condition us from birth to reject our uniqueness and individuality.
You must write with your right hand, that is the way of the world. You must accept authority to survive in these social classes.
Our individuality has been taken from us and demanded that our surface consciousness be in tune to the piper of this created reality we all live in, to exploit the masses.
But underneath our material mind, I call the commercialized mind, our consciousness awaits its discovery.
When do you feel that you are connected to someone or some eternal subject? This is not a passing fad or a selfi, or a shopping spree. You feel something more than the surface ruble, the exploitation of simple minds. In order to see you must come to grips with the surface reality we live in. shell we live in controls our minds eye to look outward and not inward. What do we see when we look out at the planet earth. Pieces of a puzzle which we have no true relationship with. The only relationship accepted is glossy and material goods. The reflection you see in the mirror is a presentation of your lost self. This shallow and confining representation loses sight of his original goal.
You have cemented in your mind a particular rationality for the the things you do. For your thoughts and actions are there that shape your perceptions with no break through to see life in a different lighted way. We assume that the structures of our lives are normal and that we belong to the class of the unseen. That your talent lies in accepted behavioral action and not turning your perceptions toward a more personal adventure a true purpose that directs you deeper consciousness to become.
A journey that allows you to breath in the complex changes of time and your free will. You become independent minded and not part of the herded cattle. Oblivion awaits those that keep their heads down eating stale grass.
If you don't break free you won't accomplish anything. You are a receptacle for information that has no bearing on your life's goals and your image creations. Social media dulls your independence and will to be yourself and not a replica of another's mindful purpose of control for money. When you let go of the forced action of being part of, you gain intuitive sight of your feelings and purpose, your acknowledgement that you are more than a corralled animal.
In photography you are not settling for the fast paced gun and shoot mentality. You are exploring your inner vision, getting to know yourself anew, releasing the burden on your shoulders of someone else's domination.
What we bring to a scene creates the right atmosphere for creating great images. If you ignore the attraction to the scene, what made you stop and look deeper into the unfolding landscape in front of you, then you will not be able to understand your unique composition that will express your inner sight.
There becomes a locked in rigid mentality to image making, a wanting to imitate a proven method of getting your smiling faces and background in the frame.
Photography is personal content, it should enlighten the viewer to look deeper into the scene created and to be observed in the perspective and composition taken. The viewer should experience a new way of seeing this shallow reflection we call standard life.
A photograph is a painting, a poem, a symphony, a dance, and it is not just a pretty picture, or an exercise in technique and print quality.
The image made is a penetrating statement, a selectivity of subject made by the image creator to express what he/she was feeling that drew her to the subject in the first place. The image taken without motive or feeling is a reflection on the new behavior of instant gratification in photography.
The photograph is content that should enlighten the viewer with a subject uncovered through new eyes that see the world differently than a standard, conformed replication of what was done in the past.
A powerful emotion impels you to action looking for a strong and stirring understanding of the present subject by taking your time creating a matchless image that can impart to the viewer a unification of perspective his and yours.
Each word we speak, every thought we have acted on is a reflection of a need in society for order and complacent behavior. When we take images we are accepting what others deem as good images. But these images are a drag on the ability of an artist to break though the clutter of cloned responses that one must struggle with in order to open his mind to new possibilities.
Earnst Haas, "The artist must express the summation of his feeling, knowing, and believing through the unity of his life and work. One cannot photograph art. One can only live it in the unity of his vision, as well as in the breadth of his humanity, vitality, and understanding.
There is no formula—only man with his conscience speaking, writing, and singing in the new hieroglyphic language of light and time."