Posts tagged ‘artistic inspiration’

Remember art is subjective.

You need to get comfortable with people not liking or connecting with your work. It’s difficult I know, remember you ultimately do it for yourself. At least I do. You do it because it brings you joy to share something you are good at or at least want to be good at. There is something inside you that needs to be shared with the world. 

In an ideal world, everyone likes or appreciate what we do but the reverse is the reality. We need to be comfortable with this, it’s imperative. When we’re not, we alter our work for others appreciation or acknowledgment. I think this is dangerous having done it in the past. Eventually you look at your work and you just don’t like where it ended up. Trust me it’s a place you don’t want to be. In no man’s land, you’re not happy and neither is your audience. A better scenario, they are happy and you aren’t. 

Get comfortable with the fact that some people will not like your work, no matter how hard you try they just won’t. You just can’t please everyone and embarking on that journey is just futile. Focus more on your fans, they are the fuel you need to go further. I’d say that you should ignore the haters but I think they can also help. How? You may ask, well they can keep you grounded and can be a source of constructive criticisms which can also be helpful. You however want to avoid the toxic ones for obvious reasons. Hope this helps.

So what has been your experiences in the past with fans & haters, please comment below, like & share. 

That is a really nice photograph.

“That’s a really nice photograph. You must have a great camera.”

⁃ A well-meaning friend

I love this quote, mainly because people ask this question all the time. Forgetting or not knowing that it’s really the ability to “see” that matters. This is what counts particularly in photography. What do you see ? What is the concept? What are the colours, is it a location shoot or studio shoot? How does the model come across in the image? 

It’s not just the camera, not by a long shot. The camera is just a tool at the end of the day. To help you achieve your artistic vision. Anyone can get a good camera but it takes years of practice & lots of experience to develop the skills you need to be good. It’s more important to spend time experimenting and learning what is relevant to your art than getting a new gear. At the end of the day you’ll just get the same results but at a higher expense. 

There is always something to learn and room to grow. This is a more valuable way to spend your time. I recommend you spend your money on relevant courses, on studying other artists than on new gear in this day and age where your gadget is outdated every 6 months. I mean we all know that artist who makes great art with the most mundane tools. It sure is the way to go. 

What is your take on this? Please like and comment below.

Time in your cave

The conundrum, the number of post versus the quality of posts in your social media feed. I don’t know if other artists have this problem but I do. As an artist you need time in your “cave”. It’s a time and place to learn, experiment and push your limits. 

Your audience ultimately gets to see mostly your best work. Yes, these days it’s normal for people to see how you work but I feel invariably most of them are doctored. People generally prepare a lot beforehand and they mainly just execute what was pre-planned. In truth I don’t think the audience really gets to see the amount of work done and the amount of hours put in behind the scenes. They don’t get to see the artist’s frustrations, the amount of abandoned projects, the amount of re-starts and so on. These tend to be done when one is in his/her  “cave”. 

Your time in your “cave” is important, for you to grow. Your time in your “cave” is needed for you to discover. Your time in your “cave” is important for you to learn. 

So regularly go to your “cave” and work. Yes your social media algorithm may not work in your favour because you have to get away for a while. However it is more important to produce your best work for your audience. So do that instead. It is more important. 

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