Why a Photographer May Have Difficulty Defining Himself as an Artist – Part 2
The Method That Encouraged Us to Assume Our Status
When we went from reportage and stock photography to artistic photography as a full-time professional activity, we experienced the three pitfalls described above.
We worked hard and changed our perspective, allowing us to assume our new status. This transition was a pivotal change in our lives. We did not have the tools to take on this new chapter of artistic photographers. After days of reflection and introspection, we decided to move past a concentration on photo technique. We also decided to forgo our entrepreneurial side. We chose to think more in terms of products, which is similar to the mindset we had adopted for stock photography. However, this time, we decided to focus only on the artistic approach.
We centered our work around the three elements which we consider to be essential to define an artistic photographer:
- Way of being.
We have developed the idea that being an artistic photographer more closely resembles an artistic state of mind rather than the creating process of photographs. Artistic photographs and prints are only consequences of the artist’s state of mind and his behavior. Art prints are only objects that represent us, and when we reached this conclusion, we experienced a radical change in our opinions and perspectives. We decided that it was not our products that would define us, but the way in which we would behave towards others. We chose to define ourselves as an artist with a specific state of mind.
This paradigm shifts towards a “state of being” rather than a product, forced us to start from scratch. The challenge to begin completely afresh was daring. We learned to reinvent ourselves, to project ourselves into the future in a unique way. Today, we can say that this method has influenced our success.
Each day, we continue to develop and nurture these three qualities that have forged us.
The Development of Passion
One of the first qualities we developed and improved is our passion, which we invest in our artistic photography. Our goal is to always strive for excellence in everything we do, whether it occurs in our photographic creations, our marketing and commercial actions, or our communication with patrons and clients.
We take great care in preparing our appointments, our conferences, and our nature photography courses. For every action, we invest as much energy and passion as we can.
The Development of Creativity
The second quality to develop is creativity. An artist photographer must be independent from other photographers. He must develop an artistic vision of his own. At the beginning of our artistic activities, we were inspired by others. Nevertheless, we acknowledged the importance of striving for unique differences.
We have forged new creative paths. We never forget that inspiration in photography does not only come from other photographers. Painting, sculpture, drawing, music, video or film are all inspiring sources that must be explored when creating interesting photographic works.
The Way of Being
The third quality that we think characterizes an artistic photographer is his way of being, his state of mind.
It is certainly the essential quality.
Creating artistic photographs should not be the only purpose of a photographer's activity. Photographs are just objects. It is true that these prints encourage us to live a deeper life, however, the essential part of this experience is the process of creating them.
To create an artistic photograph is to reveal our passion, to translate emotions, feelings, or messages. It also helps the viewer to recognize aesthetic works.
But the most important thing for us is to do our own part. We must each bring our own little brick to help construct the larger building that every creative human being tries to climb.
To be an artistic photographer is to follow your own path, to go on unexplored personal adventures to find a true meaning in your life.
To be an artistic photographer is to dare to live outside of your comfort zone. This is not a task that is done between two everyday tasks. To assume this status is to assume a posture in every moment. This is the way we envision the world, of which we live all our experiences wherever we are.
To be an artistic photographer is to be independent of the current fads and trends that consume most people around us. When you are the artistic photographer, things are different. You are no longer a follower.
The state of mind that inspires us as photographic artists helps us to choose our life without compromise.
When he or she assumes the identity of an artistic photographer, he or she is revealing passion for photographic activity, true creativity, and above all, an authentic artistic mindset. If you have these qualities, never be afraid to claim your status. Be proud of the fact that you are an artistic photographer.