Lately, I have been stating in other blogs and posts to “capture what grabs your attention”. To be spontaneous with the camera and not think too much on it before you talk yourself out of the shot not knowing that the concept, ‘first thought; best thought’, had been around for years. The concept is based on our first thought is usually the boldest and is not immediately influenced by the analytical part of the brain. In short, your natural state of mind is usually clear and the first thing you see can ‘grab your attention’.
Does social media or the internet help or hurt us when we try to find our artistic voice?
I think we could all sit on the fence with our answer or maybe you weigh heavily to one side or the other. Even though the hyper-connectivity to so much information and influence can be useful, I believe it confuses us artistically at the core.
I make the attempt each day to try and digest information about my craft that can help me be a better photographer; a better version of myself. Each one of those attempts doesn’t necessarily result in an ah-ha moment but the effort to find those nuggets of gold are rewarding and inspiring. This past week, I studied a little deeper in a couple areas to take my black and white photography to another level.
Isn’t it such a great feeling when we get this vision for a shot and from ‘sensor to sharing’ we nail it? Or, at least we get pretty close to what we had in our head. My journey thus far in black and white photography is helping me to bring the technical and vision elements closer together. I am not advocating that black and white photography is the ‘magic bean’ for everyone but it has inspired me to do more studying which has helped me to better understand…
Lately, on social media some of the pictures that grab my attention often are less technically sound. They are not gallery candidates and would probably not win an award and that is not their intention. These are photos of the photographer sharing their life. What’s around them and scenes that made them pick up the camera and shoot.
We all have a natural born drive, pace, or rhythm that moves about our life no matter what we do. It’s what we are born with but that doesn’t mean we can’t change or improve it. First, we need to identify and accept it and then put a plan in place if we want to make changes.