Every time I do a workshop on photography, I always try to ask myself the difference between my students and me. How can they cross the bridge and eventually produce an image that would rise among the rest. What are the needed learnings and what makes the difference. On those many occasion that I asked myself, I normally end up with different answers. Lately, I’ve been getting one answer and it all boils down to taste.
Contrary to popular belief, art is as technical as it can get. I think that this is the first challenge. Understanding it by heart and getting used to it like air you breathe or a camera as an extension of your hands. Mastering your art is mastering the technical foundation where art is formed. This is where many challenges are faced and can only be resolved by creating a unique perspective where many thought not possible.
After all the shaolin training and all the sweat and defeat, you will then have to try to find yourself and develop that glitch in your DNA that creates your art and makes it different from the rest. This is where the journey begins. This is where you tend to mimic your mentors and idols only to find which jigsaw fits and which one tastes better than the other. You’ll get lost and found again and again. You will never know if you’ve reached the end of your journey and thus the cycle continues.
The urge to recreate knowing that there is no end is like seeing an image through an empty canvass. Creating a thought out of nothing. These are episodes of an artist trying to find the glitter from an ordinary scene. The challenge is enormous but once you’ve found it, it’ll just flow like a wind ever graceful and violent.
Photography is an art. It is more than the number of pixels your sensor can hold. It is more than the number of workshops you attended and definitely more than what you have read. Learning it requires passion, persistence and more importantly time and appreciation. The greatest fear is not creating the least creative photo. It’s not finding what’s wrong with the photo.
We all have that creativity inside us. Some can bring it out instantaneously and some will have to train to bring it out. Find that artist in you and enjoy each step of your photographic journey and keep on developing that eye for photography.
Meanwhile, I hope you charged your batteries, emptied your memory cards and prepared your flash for this joyous celebration as the year ends. Bounce those flashes, use the right aperture and crank up your ISO to get that most meaningful moment. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
By the way, Sinulog is on its way. Do register for the photo contest. Don’t forget to shoot it in RAW. This is my last article for 2012 and I’m very excited for next year. I hope I made sense this year as we embrace the promise of the year ahead. Keep on shooting everyone!
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