Being an independent artist can be difficult but I'm going to tell you why you…
Photography is art. The angles. The position. Let’s talk about it.
Working in an art gallery is an eye-opener. Before this experience, I assumed art were paintings or prints. I never really thought about what it all meant and what art really meant. All the forms and differences art can make has been paramount in my creative journey at work.
Whenever I see a beautiful plant escaping from its routes and scurrying onto the pavement, I like to take a picture. Something felt awfully right about it. I documented it and on various other walks and journies, I saw interesting landscapes whether it be commercial shops with colourful doors or houses or a bee on a flower, it made sense to document it and at times to just be there.
When I thought of photography, I would automatically assume it was for event shots or gigs or strictly business oriented but how wrong I was when I found out that it was an art form of its own. Seeing the likes of some artists at Studio 73 such as Michelle Levie or David Whyte where nature was the star of the show and the angles and processes involved made the difference and quite frankly, made the shot.
The intricacies, thought process, equipment, travelling, creativity and the amount of detail that goes into one shot is unfathomable for most. Being the onlooker or viewer, looking at the photograph with different views is a very raw experience. You’re seeing what the photographer saw. They wanted you to see this shot. I think there’s something remarkable and honest about it.
As creatives, we like to see the world through other creative’s eyes or at least I do. Whether a musician gets inspired by a painting they saw at Tate Modern or if a painter read a dark book that motivated them to paint a vivid memory, it all connects. Photography provides certain escapism to where it was taken, how much you want to see it or experience it or perhaps the opposite.
Imagine being in a place where many people don’t go because it’s dangerous whether politically or environmentally. The risks taken for that shot so that people can truly see the happenings, it’s again…remarkable. I have always been fascinated by positions in photography, the fashion behind it and all of the modern editing that goes into truly showing the picture.
I can’t sit here writing this and profess how knowledgeable I am about photography but I can confess my obsession with some shots. The idea of an artist sharing an experience with YOU. You get to buy it and cherish it and view it and admire it (however many times you want!).
The idea of capturing something that many would walk past and wouldn’t flutter an eyelash over. The idea of capturing the ordinary and extraordinary. The idea of the mundane and superfluous items on the street. The idea of reaching mountains to desert planes. It’s a story to tell.
We come back to the importance of supporting artists. The work, the skills, the knowledge, the hours and the passion that goes behind one piece is important enough. This post is for the photographers who capture what we want to see, don’t want to see and should see.