I think ‘Art’, or whatever label we give it should be something pure in and of itself. Every time I see another article quoting the famous shooters from last century and then trying to relive it makes me want to throw up, jokingly…
But I would never look at their work.
To me it should be absolutely creatively inspired, not from some book you read or idea that has been planted in our minds by someone else’s notion of what the general consensus is on ‘Street Photography’.
Personally, if I follow that, ie, never follow, I love my photos and look at them all the time. That’s the style of shooter I look for and admire. wink emoticon Are we creative, or repeaters?
Paris, Day 536 – August 2015
I’ve decided to delete all Social Media from my ‘Smartphone’, not much of a smartphone anymore hey… In the final analysis I have found it simply to invasive into the everyday life and to be quite honest, notice it is a little bit of a problem for most people.
I didn’t even use it that much anyway. The first thing I noticed, putting it back down, in a few words, which of course explains a lot, was, that I suddenly felt I had half a day more of time and energy, I was thinking about so much more, and there was a massive void left wide open, much more than I realized….
If the first thing you think of is; ‘Not me, I don’t even look that much’ – guess what, that’s a reactive mechanism homi’s. Anyway, I think it’s a very positive thing to be connected, but not in an invasive manner. Re-read from the top, you’ll laugh ;()
When I worked in NZ at a Bar for a summer I met the people coming back from their tours in Antarctica. Typically I think they went for about 6 months. I always asked ‘what’s it like?’.. as you do. Anyway, I noticed that everyone could some it up with one word. Most said – ‘Cold’.
I thought.. hmm, is that it?
But… I noticed, that as I met more and more people whom have traveled to different places they tended to sum it up with one word, perhaps only on a subconscious level. For example, Singapore – It’s ‘Clean’.
Anyway, I’ve noticed this more and more. What I also noticed, is that when you go to a place you’ve not been for a few years, whether you’ve lived there or not, you can typically notice things immediately that stand out, which then quickly disappear into obscurity a few days later… I tended to find three words for this.
Anyway… So Paris, I think: Contrasted. When coming back to Paris a while back from somewhere… The three words I came up with were: Dark, Dirty, Interesting… with emphasis on ‘Dark’. For Perth I think; Nice Beach, London; Boring, Milan; Creative, Marseilles; Underworld. Anyway… random observations ;()
Paris Chapter, August 2015, Day: 535
Paris Light Studies I
Paris, Day 528
Sometimes in life it is a choice of; what not to do, or what not to think, or be. The same follows in looking at the light as its cuts it’s way through the streets of Paris.
What do we leave in, what do we leave out.
Leica M3, 50mm Summitar, f/2
Canon EOS 5D, 50mm Pancake Ai-s; Nikon, 135mm F/2.8 Revuenon
The reality, is, that creativity comes from ‘within-out, not from without-in‘, “gear”, is the vehicle in which we channel our creation, through.
Therefore, our gear, should ideally be ‘seamless’. In this regard if your gear obstructs or confuses the process in any way, it is inhibiting you.
This is the common thread or theme with Leica users, they always state the gear becomes ‘seamless’, generally speaking, thus, they are able to create more creative an inspiring photographs – because, the gear, seamless.
Seamless: there is no confusion, there is no separation, there is no barrier, there is purely a vessel in which the creation flows through with non-resistance.
Thus, we see ‘Soul’ in the photographs, as they are not a repetition of anther’s work, they are original.