what are you trying to say?

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

there are times..

 

 

 

 

 

 

it’s good to trust that voice inside your head

but only if it’s your own

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

note to a friend

 

 

 

 

“when creating, be kind to your doubt,
hear it out, thank it for its concern,
and reassure it that you are an artist,
and risk is essential.”

~ Nayyirah Waheed

 

 

 

 

transition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I believe that all those signs from your past and all those feelings and memories certainly come together, often subconsciously, and form some kind of a fragmented narrative. Often you’re telling your own story but you may not even know it.”  ~ Todd Hido

 

autumn has been a strange mix of holding on and letting go.
looking back while moving forward
transitioning
I know the direction I want to take
but the estimated time of arrival is still unknown