Others looking in may decry it as the most obscene or sloppy result in the world, but at the end of the day, it still is art, it still is the person's personal take on the world.
Shock artists like Damien Hirst and others have broached the line of what is commonly thought of as art. No one was too comfortable with it at first, but their renown has increased and they are accepted as part of the art community, but perhaps as thrice removed cousins that should not appear at family functions too much..
So, after all this rambling - I take photos for myself. I benchmark myself against the conventions of what is considered great, and I strive to improve. But at the end of the day, my output is for my personal consumption. Creation is seldom motivated by a desire to win approval from others.
just one word from me ... " Fascination "
Shoot for passion, its enjoyable, relieves stress.
Shoot for yourself or for recognition.
I'm here to learn.:flame:
All I can say, and perhaps a few of you had pin pointed, I lost the "having fun" portion of shooting.
I really think I am having fun though. However, as our expectation of our end product increase, it can get very stressful planning a shoot, executing the plan, and producing the final image.
One of the reasons why I shoot is to celebrate light and the beauty it brings. I may or may not share it with others but in the end, it is an expression from myself and possibly of myself. Some people sing, others dance and still others paint etc but in the end, it all boils down to a need to communicate something which is what is innate in everyone.
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Nikon D700, SB800, Nikkon 18-24mmVR Nano FX, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, D80, SB600, Nikkor 18-200VR DX.
it's the only artistic thing i can do.
i also like to collect memories and prefer candid shooting of lifes events.
5D | 24-70L | 28mm f/1.8 | 580EX
For some, it's an art.
For others, it's a science.
And for some others, it's both.
For some, it's a job.
For others, it's a business opportunity.
And for some others, it's both.
For some, it's a learning experience.
For others, it's simply for fun.
And for some others, maybe it's none of the above.
What's great about photography is that it can be appreciated at so many levels and from so many angles. It can be a different experience for everyone. It's a tool we can use for whatever reason we wish. And no reason, just like no person, is greater than another.
As I was contemplating these 2 questions over the weekend, heard some related comments that got me thinking more.
One photographer said that we must continue to improve, to strive for perfection. Another photographer commented that he is a hobbist, only shooting in his spare time, if time permits, he will strive to improve, if there is no time, he will just continue to enjoy photography.
I think most of us are hobbist shooting in our spare time. We have many priorities. Even among hobbies and recreations, we have more than just photography.
So, what should we, what cold we, what must we do?
Commercial Art needs to solve a problem to have commercial value
if not the Artist will go broke
Take for example Van Gogh
his art did not appeal to the masses at that point of time and so he remained poor
but now ....
So most photographers have a commercial portfolio and a personal portfolio
one is for the business and the other is for himself/herself
one is business (shot for client) and one is art shot for himself/herself
so it depends on what type of photographer are you
what is more important to you?
i thought abt this too..
and somehow, i managed to relate this to everything im thinking abt at the moment.
i shoot, cause i feel belonging 'there'. like i know what to shoot, what i want to shoot
and i know it's a part of me. yes, expressing's a part of it; and i love it if people love my works and i get sad if people dun get it. but i think it's more complicated than that
when i was twelve, i took a roll of my dad's camera
and shot ocean waves after waves, and there was really nothing to see, except for a bland white sky and .. well.. waves.. when my dad developed the film. but to me, there were waves in the pictures and that was what i wanted to capture. i was so fascinated by the waves, and the camera was the only way for me to get it, remember it..
it's really hard to explain, it's like i shoot cause that's my first instinct. i shoot and i feel like this is what i should be doing. it's idealitic i know, but how do you explain passion with nothing else but idealism?
Yes, One Portfolio is for Buyers of Arts and works.
One Portfolio or collections of personal works for Oneself.
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Photos that your Clients rejects may NOT neccessary no good in the EYES of the ARTS.
ART and Works that wins awards or voted by Artists, normally doesn't appeal to the masses, or gain commecial success.
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to capture stills of moments...you telling me there's no joy? You must be shooting lots of crap then.
come to think of it, many people who use PnS to capture candids don't really actively seek to improve themselves. if they take a lousy photo, take again. if it's good, they print it.
it is your attitude towards photography, whether it is a hobby or just one of the millions things you do now and then, that determines what you can/should/must do.
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