Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Inspiration

It's something I've been thinking about lately... excellence and inspiration. I'm not the type of artist/creative that feels the need to EXPRESS myself per se. I find a lot of enjoyment in taking up an assignment and making the ordinary look extraordinary. I'm not a photographer who does a lot of abstract, creative, art photography. I don't know if it's that I lack something to say, but I seldom feel this urge, although I have felt it.

I've been thinking a lot about inspiration. I WANT to express myself a bit more. I fear that I might start losing the ambision to have an edge creatively. For that I need to do some more creative, off the cuff and spontaneous work - JUST FOR ME. Maybe that's the big problem here: my work as a commercial artist revolves around the client's brief and my interpretation. Maybe I just need to kick it once in a while, and not care one bit about what others will think.

I struggle to find things to photograph just for kicks. I then usually get stuck with landscapes and cityscapes - because they are just there! But where is the expression? It reminds me of Henri Cartier-Bresson who said: "No amount of technical skill can compensate for the inability to notice." I'm sometimes hampered by the want for intent and purpose: the image needs to sell this, portray that, will be used in such and such a context. This whole mindset makes me a great teamplayer and commercial artist, but all of us needs and individual edge, don't we? And that is developed through doing our own, something out of nothing, creative stuff. God is a great example of that. Out of nothing- universe. Out of a earth that was formless and empty: terra ferma, fauna and flora, life, humans, art.

Ag well, I'm just going to give it a bash. Try some new STUFF. Just for me. Just for kicks. Be a PASSION ARTIST. No monetary value to the work needed.

Ps: Interesting thing is I don't play cover music. Why this reverse?

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