Terry Gipson

Terry Gipson

Littleton, CO

I am a physician still actively practicing medicine in the US. In my spare time, I seek the opportunity to express the creative side of my soul through photography. I began exploring photography in my late 40’s to express that “something more” ...
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    Terry Gipson
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    Creating Artistic Photographs 
Film to Digital Paradigm Shift: Part 1
    on: May 26, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    not too pout too fine a point on the non-linearity of human experience

    Human experience is indeed individual and non-linear. The only linearity is over time in a macro-analysis of broader trends of population expression and over the life of an individual where a certain pattern of movement can be ascertained. Otherwise I would argue that the concept of linearity has no basis in the experience of art except in retrospect.

    However it is an excellent point you make. I should be more cognizant of the breadth and diversity of photographers.

    Regardless, it is the quality of the photographer and not the equipment that makes one a master, even though the equipment is progressing exponentially.

    I have heard it said that what matters is what the photographer does with the image from their camera. That adage (whose reference I can’t remember) has guided me the last 10 years. It is those who have become a master of their work or who are striving to become a master that I recognize and follow.

    I am biased toward those striving to better their work.

    Terry Colorado USA [email protected] www.terrygipsonphotography.com

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    Terry Gipson
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    Re: Creating Artistic Photographs 
Film to Digital Paradigm Shift: Part 1
    Reply #1 on: May 26, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I could not agree more for the majority of us on this forum.

    There are beginners and those focused on smartphone photography who do not appreciate the nuances of more advanced amateurs as well as professionals.

    Those nuances take many years of experience and work to achieve.

    Terry Colorado USA [email protected] www.terrygipsonphotography.com

    Terry Gipson
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    Re: Creating Artistic Photographs 
Film to Digital Paradigm Shift: Part 1
    Reply #2 on: May 26, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Everything on a computer is a ‘table‘ of numbers (1’s and zeros) if you drill down far enough. Raw or JPEG or this web page. Perhaps even a iPod “jpeg”

    I could not agree more. However if one does not understand this aspect of digital photography, then their opinion needs to be critically considered.

    Terry Colorado USA [email protected] www.terrygipsonphotography.com

    Terry Gipson
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    Re: Creating Artistic Photographs 
Film to Digital Paradigm Shift: Part 1
    Reply #3 on: May 24, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Most artists, who accept their personal path, are often perceived by others as dogmatic, opinionated, crude, or ignorant.

    Yet the expression of one’s opinion in print should be perceived as one perceives an artist’s work. Some may find accord, but the most objective of us find those expressions (in writing or art) as relating only to the artist and not reality in its broadest sense.

    A true artist expresses their opinions and thoughts as they do their art. There is no sense of expressing reality. The perception of reality should be left to the realm of scientific inquiry.

    To express one’s opinion clearly and succinctly is a rare ability. However, it can be divisive and disturbing. Yet those who have accepted their life as an artist will plow on regardless of the rest of our opinions.

    An artist only expresses in print what they perceive. Once one defines themselves as an “artist”, all objectivity and ability to categorize becomes more difficult.

    Thank you for your help along my own path!

    Terry Colorado USA [email protected] www.terrygipsonphotography.com

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    Re: New Article Announcements & Discussions
    Reply #4 on: May 24, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    I read your article with great interest as one who grew up in the time of film photography but who now works solely within a digital platform in all its permutations.

    I found your insights subtle but very significant, as I have experienced those hindrances along my journey to becoming an artist. I am sure there are others who can forget their previous experiences and influences and move on with no further thought. Unfortunately I am still plagued by those early influences

    Perhaps for those with no film era influences, this would be a ho-hum article. Yet for the rest of us I found it sensitive to the transition from film photography thinking and the expansiveness digital photography offers.

    The majority of film photographers I have met are young people who (by my appreciation of their age) did not grow up in film-era thinking. For them film photography seems a niche expression of their art.

    Thank you for your thoughts and sharing of your experience!

    Terry Colorado USA [email protected] www.terrygipsonphotography.com