Your Greatest Asset
Monday, February 13, 2017 1:50 PM
Whenever I begin the process of teaching photography, I always start by emphasizing what I believe to be the greatest single asset an artist can possess. It is something that is virtually impossible to copy or steal, the very uniqueness we each possess. Each one of us view the world differently. Our likes and dislikes, our personality, our taste in music, the way we dress, our life experiences, all play into our uniqueness. An attempt to copy or emulate someone’s uniqueness is literally impossible. Has anyone duplicated the artistic vision and the creative genus of Ansel Adams or Irving Penn? Stick with your uniqueness and you will standout from the crowd. Try and copy someone else’s vision and you will blend with the masses. This is something we all need to constantly keep at the forefront of our minds as I move forward in developing our craft!
There is this notion that the process of creating a photograph is somehow a trade secret to be guarded under lock and key. Over the years I have noticed as a general rule, photographers are a very guarded group of individuals. This is typically the cause of deep-rooted insecurities and the belief that the secret to creating a great image is found in the technical nuts and bolts, overlooking the artistic creative process. How absurd it would be to think that the secret to Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was somehow the result of the paintbrushes and pigments he used. No technical process or technique can create an artistic expression; this is reserved for the creative mind.
BEHIND THE LENS