Why Personal Qualities Matter to Create Art Photographs – Part 2
An artist photographer should never take himself seriously. This is one of the greatest lessons we have learned since we embraced the art photography profession. Taking yourself seriously disconnects from reality. This creates negative stress so useless. Being taken seriously gives a bad image to the community.
Humor or, more generally, taking a step back from one's artistic or commercial activity helps to relativize life and creativity. Humor helps to find solutions to complex problems that seem impossible to solve.
Artistic creation is a real challenge because it is necessary to constantly find innovative ideas and renew oneself. Always show your difference to other artists. This state of permanent imbalance generates a huge consumption of energy. When a problem arises, and it is more often than one would like, it must be managed by searching but especially by finding a solution. Taking a step back or being humorous is a real asset for an artist photographer.
Never taking yourself seriously is one of the secrets to succeeding in an artistic career. It's a quality to work permanently.
Always Being Positive
It is a major quality for an artist photographer to be always positive whatever the circumstances.
Creating artistic photographs is an activity that is like a roller coaster ride. The ups and downs of succeeds without stopping. One must possess a great strength of character to persevere. It is an asset to always be positive. Possessing this state of mind makes it possible to overcome problems quite easily.
Being positive is a very communicative attitude. When we are positive, we are happy. At our contact, other people become so.
We found that success in our artistic photographic activity was always linked to a positive attitude. When we talk about success, we mean long-term with strong and well-built foundations. It is certain that the evil being allows some artists to create interesting works, but it is often short term.
To be positive and to be happy is above all to exercise an activity that gives satisfaction on a personal level. Success and artistic recognition are only consequences.
Accept Criticism and Being Open
Creating photographic and artistic works can convey messages and express emotions or feelings. It's a personal lifestyle choice. It is the desire to show our deep nature and our soul. Artists tend to think that they are always right and that others are wrong. We are part of this group of people.
An artist photographer often tends to live in his bubble away from others. He builds a universe that is his own to hide from the eyes of others. This is normal behavior. We think this is one of the conditions for success in this activity.
Yet, it is necessary and important to be open to criticism and comment. The criticisms that they are negative or positive always allow to progress from the moment they are founded and especially supported by a solid argumentation. We must always listen to them and analyze them. He never takes them to the first degree.
The first thing we ask ourselves when we listen to someone talking about our work is whether they express an opinion or a fact. An opinion is always personal. It engages only the one who gives it. It is unverifiable because it reflects a sensitivity. An opinion always expresses an idea that cannot be proven.
A fact is verifiable. It can be proved. A fact is always external to the one who expresses it. A fact is not the result of an emotion or a personal belief. It can be tested and verified to see if it is relevant.
An artist must always sort out opinions and facts in the criticisms he receives about his artistic approach. He must never compromise on his artistic approach, his ethics, his values, his emotions and the messages he wants to convey.
However, he may question the way he showcases his work. This is technical.
Let's take a concrete example. Suppose an artist photographer wishes to highlight emotions through the use of contrasts in her photos. If he receives criticism about his management of contrasts, he must listen to them and change his way of doing things if it is a fact.
On the other hand, if he receives criticism of an emotion he is trying to translate, it becomes an opinion. He must listen but ignore it because it engages only the author of it.
Comments and criticism are essential in the artistic construction of a person. They allow to improve the technique of the artist, to reinforce his vision and the presentation of his works. He must sort through what he hears without ever taking it personally. He must remain positive.
Being a Perfectionist
Perfection is not an end in itself. The purpose of artistic photography is to create works of art that will be shared with an audience. If an artist chooses perfection as a goal, he will never show his works to an audience. Indeed, perfection is a goal that cannot be achieved. All works are essentially perfectible.
An artist will always find a point to correct, change or improve in his works. It is a fact. We are the first conscious of it. We created photos many years ago. Now that we have made progress, we tell ourselves that we should change them. It would be an unforgivable mistake because this return to the past would prevent us from moving forward.
The search for perfection is above all to learn and progress to avoid reproducing errors. In any case, the search for perfection is to take back works already created.
An artist can always do better. To be a perfectionist is not to seek perfection at the moment of the creative act, but as best as one can with all the tools at one's disposal and to avoid repeating mistakes of the past. Perfection is a goal in the very long term.
The creation of artistic photographic works requires many personal qualities that an artist can learn to develop, maintain and improve. The qualities of listening and perseverance are certainly the most important. We think that it is necessary to always question oneself considering the planes of the others. But this must never be done by changing our choices, our probity and our ethics.