Being an artist as a photographer is sure different than being an artist that paints, or an artist that cooks. As a photographer artist, the one thing that you notice is that people look at your equipment rather than the person. When you get to the point where most of your photography is artistic, then sometimes it is hard to still be noticed as an artist, but that people think that it is the camera equipment that creates the artist.
Unfortunately this is part of being a photographer. And sometimes as an artist myself, I am excited to have such great equipment to help me out being an artist. But I am still the creator of the photo, and my camera is my brush.
True photographic artists have the power to convey thoughts, ideas, feelings, and moods all based in one timeless and inspirational image. Captured in a millisecond by pushing down on that button. I have known photographers who are utterly obsessed with new equipment and all the wiz bang technology that comes out seemingly every day. What they fail to realize is that being technically adept is only one part of the puzzle. Bringing out the emotional side of your photographic art plays a large part in creating images that will wow your audience. The best images created are not always the most original, technically correct, or perfectly framed. Like any art form, the greatest images evoke some kind of emotional response in the viewer. The truly great evoke different emotions in different people at different times.
With my photography, I found that I was able to take photos from places I had been to before and the whole vibe of the images was completely different to that of the previous ones.
It was akin to my own little aha moment in time. If in the passion for creating the imagery, the art was missing, then inevitably the result would be a very ho-hum, although technically correct, image.
WHAT IT TAKES TO CLICK INTO “ART MODE”:
One very quick way I’ve found to get out of this ho-hum state is to stop. Put the camera equipment down and just observe, enjoy, and be part of the moment. In next to no time you will find that you start firing on all cylinders and the creative juices kick in. That’s when you’ll be itching to pick up the camera again!