Creating Photographic Art Has Never Been Easier.
A Point Of View
After reflecting on the events at a recent conference I attended, I became aware again of the growing ability to process images quickly.
Adding artificial intelligence-derived elements to one’s images is easily done with selecting and dragging. Copying presets to multiple images is as easy as a click of a button.
Using presets from others can result in wonderful outcomes without having to know how it happened or how to create that process on your own.
This advance in digital photographic processing allows one to flood the market with more of one’s work. Mass processing is easily achieved. And I see many migrating to readily adopt the latest in software development.
This technological pace becomes tiresome to me after a while. The only bit of creativity seems to be trying out a new device or piece of software without any concern for one’s art. The art produced becomes stale, stagnant, and mundane. It shows the progression of technology and not the artist’s vision.
Technological progress in the photography and software worlds is exciting to see, and the draw to participate is compelling. However, is there something lost in this ability to create massive quantities of the same work?
Two questions come to mind:
- Is your work defined by what you can do with the latest software and camera-ware? OR
- Do you look at the latest software and camera-ware to see if it furthers your own path in your art and then decide if it is worth adopting?
The answer to these questions defines our work. Is your work defined by technology or art?
In art there are no right answers. There is only honesty about one’s work.
There will always be someone more up to date on the latest software or camera-ware than me. I will never be unique in that area. I can only be unique in art by being myself and sharing my own experience. That is a much slower and less exciting process than staying up to date with the current pace of software and camera-ware development.
My inner pace is so much slower than the rest of the world. Nature is perhaps the only thing that moves slower than my personal experience. That’s why I venture into nature to discover and express my art. In nature I can slow my own pace to hear into the stillness of my own experience. In that stillness, I find inspiration for my art.
Becoming a master of the latest technology is far from becoming a master in one’s art. Accomplishment in art is slower and takes much more effort and time than adopting the latest software or camera-ware. It is a life-long and complicated effort. Few want to expend the energy necessary to achieve that level of mastery.
Flooding the internet with one’s work is also far from becoming a master at producing fine art prints on your own. It is harder now to find true hand-made art than ever before.
In photography, it is even harder.
I share an intimacy with the world in which we live. I participate in life from the “bottom up”. That means that I share and show my primary experience in nature. I do not go into nature with a preconceived idea of what I want to capture and show. Instead each photo session is unique and spontaneous. I share that raw and uncensored experience of one person living on this planet and returning with a unique experience. Nothing in my work is rehearsed. My art is also an exploration of my own creative life. It shows the natural world outside the confines of documentary or travel photography. It shows the world as my soul sees it. My art is deliberately manipulated to express what I see. There is no other way. What I see through the camera meets what my soul sees. In the midst of this process emerges my style of photographic art. I transform the world through an entirely digital process, and I share it in print. I roam the world, inspired by a silent love of life, to see what is most meaningful and compelling to me as an artist and an individual. The experience of our world’s beauty is without and beyond words. But it can be seen without having to name it. That is what I express in my work…the wordless. I do not know what more one can say about this love of life, except that there is a desire to share it as a tangible fine art print. In that sharing comes the fulfillment of my love of this world and my life within it. What I bring back to share from this complex adventure is a simple, fine art photographic print. As always I can be reached at [email protected] for questions, ideas, or feedback.