You Are An Artist, So Photograph Like One   Leave a comment

Just read another interesting post entitled
A Beautiful Anarchy by David duChemin, a world and humanitarian photographer, best-selling author, and international workshop leader. He makes this point about getting so involved on following rules that we, as photographers, often forget we are artists.

“Your art, the thing that stirs from your heart, mind, and soul, the thing that moves you, and I hope, moves others, is a free agent, and the moment you begin to ask “What should I do? or “How should I do this?” you allow you art to teeter, to lean towards conformity and away from authentic expression. Unless it’s the muse herself to whom you direct the question.”

He later goes on to say, “We need more anarchists in photography, more people willing to abandon the stupidity of megapixels and brands and red stripes on their lenses and get back to making beauty for the sake of its joy. We need more people that make photographs that surprise us, not mimic others, and more people creating simply to create, and to share their work as a gift, not a request for praise. We need a resurgence in pinholes, film, wet plates, and any damn technique that makes you happy and in which you find your muse. We need to scrap the word “professional” because it implies authority, and simply allow everyone to be an artist, their work judged by its own merits not the camera used to create it or the clients that paid for it. We need people who understand how composition and light makes us feel, not which third of the frame to use, or which light is ‘bad light.'”

There is nothing wrong with rules, with having equipment that helps you produce your vision. But lets face it, it’s really the vision that counts. The vision that “feels” right, that moves us to create. To me, that’s what art is all about.


Posted April 16, 2012 by hwilliam in Photography

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