So many of my pictures of late have been about the surface of things. Yes it is fall and leaves are resting on the water, apples have dropped to the ground..but I realized today they are not really about that. these pictures are about shallowness and my desire to dig deeper. Social media is filled with pretty photos of nature, yummy food, exotic travel destinations and alluring selfies. I want to make pictures that have something more to say, and that’s hard.
I have watched this Cig Harvey lecture over and over again. Some thoughts I’ve come away with –
- landscapes- can be a mirror of what’s going on inside of you
- use symbols and metaphors
- dig deeper
- cameras are just expensive pencils
- speak through your photography
- photography/art asks the questions
- what do you have to say?
- Art doesn’t have to be good or bad, it just has to be felt
- make pictures ABOUT something rather than OF something
Taking the time to step back and really look at my work has been a revealing exercise. Although I will still stop and take a picture of a pretty flower or that red leaf shining in the grass, my thought process is changing.
I think maybe I have found a starting point, that tip of the iceberg.
“You are only this moment, the length of a photograph”
~ Cig Harvey