August 17, 2014
Finding your photographic voice, having a good sense of who you are and what your capabilities are is very important in determining your future goals in photography. It doesn’t mean that you stop learning and stop growing as a person and as a photographer. Imitation, study, experimenting, discipline, being their, fighting through life’s barriers and fears, to get out their and experience the world and create images that reflect your inner light, that is what it is all about.
Knowledge gives you a foundation to step off from and confidence to approach life’s subjects with purpose and empathy.
Continuous creation of pictures produces the necessary images needed for you to learn and grow into the photographer you were meant to become. We build off our experiments and through accumulative practice discover our photographic path. It is a path that allows for many spontaneous expressions and many varied interests that challenge us to get better and to look deeper into life’s infinite choices.
Each of us come from a different background with our own built in prejudices and standards of seeing.
We must give the viewer a sense of our purpose in creating the image by allowing them visual clues to your intended purpose. This does not mean these clues are the boring mundane visuals we see everyday. We must always maintain our personal approach to creating our photographs and not bend to pop culture’s instant gratification. Images that hold a viewer’s interest are not taken with a herd mentality.
Slow down and be mindful in your living and this will translate to better image creations. Nature is the antidote to the hectic pace we struggle in.
Positive reasons for taking pictures is not the end result but the process of creating something of value not only for yourself but for your family and friends and even possibly a wider audience that is longing for new and exciting photographs that stimulate their minds.
Get up, go out and create images!