Why and How to Develop a Photographic Consciousness – Part 1
Your passion is terrestrial or underwater photography. For you, photography is perhaps a hobby, a way to relax to escape the stress of your daily activities.
You may have reached the limits of your creativity. Now your technical or creative level is such that you feel the need to go further.
But you cannot define what you need. One of the tracks you have not explored yet is the development of your photographic consciousness.
In this article, I give you some tips to help you better define it. This will allow you to go much further in your artistic creativity.
Photography Can Become a Real-Life Project
Nature photography, like many photographic domains, can be considered as a real project of life.
It can give meaning, a real direction to your existence.
That's what happened to me many years ago before I became a professional photographer.
I worked for twelve years as a computer engineer. I worked as a design and development engineer, project manager and then project leader to manage an IT department. But the question of purpose has always been asked. Why create applications that I knew they would only last a few years before disappearing with the emergence of a new technology. At each technological transition, everything had to be restarted: the analysis, development and production started again. Where was the purpose of all these cycles aside from correctly earning my life? I do not regret anything because I learned a lot about organization and methodology. But I was racing against the clock all the time.
I practiced photography during my free time. During these hours spent in the field, I found peace, rest and serenity to think, question myself.
Naturally, I decided to connect my professional activity and my passion for photography. My goal was to create something that would stay in time. Create something that I will not have to question every two or three years.
I envisioned the future in the very long term with the possibility of leaving a trace or a brick in this huge building that is humanity.
I had a real-life project.
The Photographic Time
I started working for magazines or photo stock agencies. Quickly, I fell back in the trap of my previous professional activity: produce more and more quickly, adapt to the demand and the evolution of the market.
After five years of intense work and despite very good income, I decided not to continue. I turned to artistic photography.
Today, when I log in to my Instagram account or my Facebook account, I see that 95% of the photographs were done with mobile phones.
I have the impression that photographs are made, published and consumed as products in fast food. Nothing is thought to last. Nothing is done to enrich humanity. Most of the photographs posted are not made to bring this famous little brick to humanity.
I feel like reliving my years as a computer engineer or when working for magazines or stocks.
All photos are taken in a hurry to be the first to show or to be seen. It is a real race for posting on social networks.
Why do not all these people realize that it's time for them to rethink how they photograph? Why do they not give them photographic time?
This expression photographic time means for me to think about real photo projects, real creations. I mention here the time to take to think to publish a book, to create an exhibition or to present the photographs on a site.
Photographic Time is One of the Keys to Create Interesting Photos
Have you ever tried to blend into a landscape, to be one with it just before taking the picture? That is what I try to do with every shot even when I photograph terrestrial or underwater animals.
When you are on the field to photograph, I recommend you forget the technique a few moments to try to be in fusion with all the natural elements that surround you.
This perception goes through the look on the light, the photographic elements and the atmosphere that surrounds you.
It is a bit like a meditation technique. It's this way of understanding photography that allows me to create nature photos. If you apply it to yourself, you will quickly realize that you will create interesting photos.
Considering the World Through Photography
I think practicing artistic photography is a way of looking on my life, seeing the world as it really is.
Artistic photography is an art. The photographer always gives his own interpretation of the world he is photographing. But I realized with time that it is much more than that.
Everyone needs to find solutions to everyday problems. Everyone has to compromise. We all have to check our accounts, manage collaborators, respond to customers. Working days can be stressful.
The artistic photography of nature allowed me to take a step back on my professional activities and my existential questioning. When I'm in the field as part of a photo project, I'm at peace, serene, quiet. I take the height.
I become aware of myself and the world around me. During all years, I developed a photographic consciousness.
But what is the photographic consciousness?
A Definition of Photographic Consciousness
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