Alain Briot

Alain Briot

Glendale, Arizona

Author of Mastering Landscape Photography,Mastering Composition, Creativity and Personal Style, Marketing Fine Art Photography, and How Photographs are Sold. http://www.beautiful-landscape.com [email protected]

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    Creating Artistic Landscape Photographs Part 7 – 
Lachez du Lest
    on: February 7, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Author of Mastering Landscape Photography and 3 other books.
    http://www.beautiful-landscape.com
    [email protected]

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    Re: Creating Artistic Landscape Photographs Part 7 – 
Lachez du Lest
    Reply #1 on: February 7, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    For me ‘artist’ is a profession with all the implications that come with it: training, purpose, activities, responsibilities and, directly relevant to this conversation, title.  Artist is the title on my business card.  It was that when I did painting, it is that now that I do photography.  In that respect I see no differences between painting and photography.  I was not just a painter and I am not just a photographer.  Artist is a more liberal term, a term more encompassing of the different activities I conduct.  Painters paint and photographers photograph.  Artists create art unrestrictive of the medium they use at any given time. I painted and drew.  Now I create photographic images.  However I also write, teach, reflect, collect art and live a lifestyle centered around art.  Artist fits the bill much better for me as a professional title.  I also use the French spelling, Artiste. Why? Because I like it. I regularly meet people, many of them students, who have a hard time calling themselves ‘artists.’  When doing so they feel they are performing an act of self-knighthood,  giving themselves a title they have neither earned or deserved.  This feeling may be true or it may be false, it all depends on the specific situation a person is in.  However this feeling misses an important aspect of accepting a title.  This  aspect is the responsibilities that come with this title, in this specific instance the responsibilities that come with being an artist.  Being an artist is not just a title, not just a name I was given or I gave myself.  It is a set of responsibilities, ‘things’ for lack of a better name, that I had to do once I took this title. Pride is involved, even required I must say.  Seriousness of purpose is also required.  I would not call myself a lawyer without being dedicated to the study and practice of the law.  I would not call myself a doctor with being dedicated to the pratice and study of medicine.  I would not call myself an engineer, a chef, a mechanic or any other professional title without being dedicated to the study and practice of these professions as well as accepting of the responsibilities and duties that they entail. At a time when, if we believe the social roar, ‘everyone is a photographer because everyone has a cell phone camera,’ being willing to both accept and meet the responsibilities that come with the acceptance of a professional title come at the forefront of my attention.  In fact they may be more important than they have ever been because they are the aspect of photography that is lacking in many practitioners.  Just taking a photograph is not enough to call myself a photographer and even less an artist.  I must do more than that.  I must take on more responsibilities than just pressing a button, posting my photographs on the web and waiting for likes, hearts, thumbs up, emoticons and other social media responses. I see my artistic responsibilities as being multi-faceted. It is for this reason that I write extensively, focusing on the challenges I faced and continue to face as an artist.  It is for this reason that I create photographs that depict my feelings towards a subject and not the literal subject. It is for this reason that I teach, focusing on both artistic and technical aspects with an emphasis on the person, on the development of a unique personal style, on the expression of the artist’s true personality. It is for this  reason I do all the other things that I do.  I feel compelled to do so because for me this is a serious endeavor to which I am fully committed.

    Author of Mastering Landscape Photography and 3 other books.
    http://www.beautiful-landscape.com
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    Re: Creating Artistic Photographs Part 3
    Reply #2 on: November 19, 2019 at 11:37 am

    There’s a lot in common between photography and painting, both being two dimmentional visual mediums and both relying on the same compositional principles.  However for me the relationship is deeper than that because I was first trained as a painter having attended the Beaux Arts in Paris first and studied photography, at the American Center in Paris, second.  With film the relationship between painting and photography was tedious because most of what I could do with painting could not be done with photography.  Film captures were unforgiving and un-malleable.  This changed when digital came about, making the relationship between photography and painting much closer.  Today I can do most of what I did with painting using digital captures and processing.  Of course the facture of a photograph will never be that of a painting but that’s the beauty of it. If I wanted to create paintings I would paint!  What I want is create photographs that I can shape to my heart desire and for that digital capture and processing are what I was waiting for.

    Author of Mastering Landscape Photography and 3 other books.
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    Re: Creating Artistic Photographs Part 3
    Reply #3 on: November 17, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you John.  I am pleased you enjoyed this essay.  When I started photography I was inspired by the work of photographers but as my work evolves my inspiration is more and more rooted in the work of painters.

    Author of Mastering Landscape Photography and 3 other books.
    http://www.beautiful-landscape.com
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    Re: New Article Published – Creating Artistic Photographs 
Variations on a Raw File
    Reply #4 on: July 23, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Very interesting and inspiring article. One thing I would like to know though is a hint on the technique used. Was it achieved in raw converter (CO etc.) or in “photoshop”?
    Dave

    Hi Dave,

    The color changes were done in Photoshop.  I thought I mentioned it in the essay but I may have left it out.  Eventually it is not about how I made the color changes but why, so that’s the reason I did not go into processing.  I wanted to focus on the artistic aspect rather than the technical.

    Thank you everyone for your positive comments.  I very much appreciate it.  I look forward to publishing many more essays on PhotoPXL!  We are off to a good start!

    Alain

    Author of Mastering Landscape Photography and 3 other books.
    http://www.beautiful-landscape.com
    [email protected]