This is the beginning of my journey to artistic expression through photography. Though I never referred to myself as an artist before this journey began, I am a classically trained musician, and, really, a musician is as much an artist as, say, a painter or sculptor.
This is one example of the change in thinking that I am going through early in this journey.
Another important change is the conversion from an aural perception of the world to a visual. While I have always been aware of visual stimuli and the emotional impact they had on me, the organization of visual elements necessary for photography is not second nature to me as is the arrangement of aural elements in music. I am forced to consciously take stock of my surroundings, to take a moment and organize the things that I see and connect to them emotionally in order to create meaningful images.
I have been told that with practice this will become second nature to me, and I understand this on an intellectual level, but I haven’t done it often enough for it to become an unconscious action. In comparing it to what I learned from playing a musical instrument, I know that I have many, many hours of “practice” yet to go.
I am anticipating the journey, knowing that it will never end. After all, it is the journey and not the destination that is important. Join me if you will.
To close, I would like to quote from one of the artists that inspires me.
“We are those who believe that art should be free of constraints. Any limitations applied to our work are those we choose for ourselves.
We are those who proclaim ourselves artists, in the sense that we are people who create art, and who believe that no other qualification is needed.
We are those who wish for our work to be judged, above anything else, by the goals we set for it.
We are those who believe that art should have meaning and purpose, and thus is incompatible with the notion of “art for art’s sake.”
We consider art a construct of the human mind, and as such, believe that it should benefit the human experience. Beauty and aesthetics, although not a necessary ingredient, should nonetheless never be dismissed in and of themselves.
We are those who recognize other trends, fashions and movements in art, but choose to pursue our work in the way that we do, in a manner most honest with who we are; our personal sensibilities; the roots of our inspiration; our own creative voices; our choice of media; and the goals we set for ourselves.
We are those who believe that our work holds meaning to our audience, and that such meaning trumps any consideration of genre, movement or categorization.”
Guy Tal 2012