Why: The Significance of Personal Qualities When Creating Art Photographs – Part 1
Over the many years of experience in creating art photographs, I have come to understand that those who like my approach and purchase my works often share the same moral and ethical values as me. My success is not only due to a good technical mastery but also to the fact that I have developed and reinforced many personal qualities. Being able to translate those morals and ethical values into my work for my viewers is the real strength of my artistic approach.
Understanding What You Want to Do
For an artistic photographer who wants to create an interesting and distinctive work, the first personal quality that he or she must accomplish is to perfectly clear his mind. He must give a precise meaning to his artistic approach and why he chose it.
To create interesting photos, a photographer must define his artistic sense within his approach. This sense, which I refer to as vision, will guide him as he creates collections.
Vision is the common point of all his creations; it is an essential personal quality. A photographer must always discern which direction he wants to consistently travel towards. If the direction is accurate and well-constructed, then the photographer will find the creating process to be smoother when making art for individuals who will define the photographer's community of followers.
A photographer can always strive to perform better, but someone will always excel more in a certain area. It is for this reason that I must constantly pay attention to my technical and artistic abilities, seeking out room for growth.
You should never hesitate to seek advice from other people, whether they are artists or not. Criticisms and comments open the door to progress. I exist alongside others, and I can only define myself in relation to other people and their influences. A photographer who does not show humility and who chooses to live in his own private bubble will quickly place limitations upon himself.
I believe that I must always listen to the world around me. The sounds that emerge from this incessant swarming is a real source for improving creativity.
Empathy for a photographer is a very important quality. Indeed, when a photographer wants to create works it is not only because he has a message to transmit or emotions to show.
But he must consider his audience and his community. If his works are badly perceived and do not receive good reception, the artist will quickly become discouraged and lose the motivation to continue creating. An artist photographer must know how to explain, to present his works of art. For this he must understand the motivations of his audience.
Being able to listen helps to create works that will interest other people, encouraging motivation and optimism, among other things.
I have learned many things from my time spent in the United States, but most importantly, I have learned that achieving an idea can take a long time. An artist will sow his seeds through his artistic works for days—months—years before the harvest season arises. It is slow, but the harvest is inevitable. One must simply wait.
Generally, an artistic work must encounter its audience intimately. With luck, this connection can be established quickly, perhaps immediate. However, this situation is rare.
Often, you may bet on this connection being established later rather than sooner. Building a complete artistic work takes time. First, you define your audience. Second, you propose creations in accordance with the people who appreciate a specific artistic approach. An artist photographer must be patient and perseverant.
I have met excellent photographers who create quality works, and yet they believe that their talent is underappreciated. Although this was certainly true, the only ingredient that they were lacking was maturity. With time, a photographer in this situation will become acknowledge for their special talents. Unfortunately, I have seen photographers abandon those works which they love, and thus, they let themselves be caught up by the flow of the masses of other photographers in their field. If someone does not believe in patiently waiting for the harvest season, then he or she is no persevering.
Be not Afraid of Imbalance
When I create artistic works, my ideas bubble up to the surface in my mind. I experience a steady stream of words and photos that come to mind. Often in an intense creative phase, my priorities dramatically change. I suddenly think that what is new is more important, and then my mind is turned upside down. In these moments, change is good. I must not be afraid of the temporary imbalance I have created.
I think this imbalance is an asset. Indeed, this change of state takes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to perceive things from a different perspective.
This imbalance is merely a phase that arises during a period of creativity. Imbalance nourishes my future creations. It is important for me to know how to take a step back, analyze facts, structure the results, and add them to existing foundations.
The trick I use in this creative phase is to write on paper as if I was keeping a journal. It is an old recipe that is always wonderful and has proven herself worthy of repetition. I have learned that recording ideas with a digital medium is not as practical as paper. When writing on a computer or tablet, I tend to archive the texts and then forget them.
When I translate my ideas to paper, I practice efficiency more often, because I must physically organize and structure my thoughts better. I have found that my ideas become clearer, and the accuracy of my thoughts improves.
When I talk about integrity, I am not only referring to my integrity with my customers, which is obvious since I owe them my finest customer service and highest quality imaginable for my art prints.
When I discuss integrity, I am also relating to my own personal integrity. The integrity work towards in my own lives is reflected through my interactions with customers. It is an equal circle of integrity between me and the customer.
First and foremost, an artist photographer must be honest with himself. He must respect his artistic approach.
A lack of integrity results in a very large expenditure of energy that becomes totally useless. Indeed, to build a universe that is false and not tied to an artist’s true personality requires an immense imagination. Nevertheless, it is not effective realistically speaking. For me as photographer, it is better to build a reputation upon real values, to channel my energy into building reliable foundations in both my personal and professional lives.