It pains me to read something and say, “I wish I had said that.” It’s very much like coming up with the perfect argument to a debate after the debate has happened. I recently read an article in the Toledo Blade about an influential artist by the name of Art Weber. He makes a few comments about photography that can also apply to any other art form. Mr. Weber makes two statements in the article that resonate very well in the art world.
“Most shots you sort of semi-plan for, by putting yourself in a good situation,” Mr. Weber said. And then the photographer relies on the light to give an assist.” So true. When I go to a rose garden to take pictures, I know that I’m going to take a picture of a rose. That is understandable. But, when I get the perfect shot of a red rose, with a bee buzzing just above a drop of dew reflecting the early morning sun, it’s amazing. You can’t plan for that and that is what makes it exciting.
The second statement he makes in the article is “It’s not about what equipment you own, it’s a matter of how you use it.” And when the subject is intriguing, the surroundings captivating, and the light in a cooperative mood, then that ultimate, signature shot can materialize.” This is applicable to any art. People get caught up with technology, and that is not a bad thing, but often, many jobs are accomplished with less. I have seen great photography done with a pinhole camera made from a cardboard box. I have seen great drawings done with crayon on a sidewalk, and I have seen fabulous decorating and design work done with junk and recycled materials. Often, it is the lack of resources that inspire our creativity with what we do have.
I think I’m going to go work on some photography now. I hope your inspired to work on your art to.
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