I personally want to learn. I want to learn how other creatives think and I want to draw upon their experience. I loved this video and you can pull so much out of it despite the photographs being kinda ugly. Everyone taking photos are photographers but are they artists? That is a whole other question. Here are seven thoughts to help you become an artist.
COOPH shared a video featuring world-renowned artist Roger Ballen. Here Ballen shares seven thoughts on how to become an artist. The first thing to take away is Ballen is an artist using photography as a medium to express his artistic vision. He makes a distinction between releasing the shutter and releasing the shutter purposely. The artist has intention the photographer (broadly speaking) is just a person using a camera.
Ballen goes on to define what a good photograph is. This is a conversation which comes up again and again. It is interesting to hear a definition from a world-renowned artist. A good photograph is a photograph that never leaves your head; a good photograph embeds itself deep inside your psyche. If you understand why some photos are fleeting while others stick, you might be an artist. A very broad but also very narrow definition for sure.
Ballen also talks about definitions. How to change and redefine words. Metaphors, synonyms and juxtaposition. If you know how to use these and incorporate them in your work, you might be an artist.
These were only the first two of seven very interesting thoughts. Check out the video above and let me hear your thoughts. Are these thoughts some you can incorporate to your genre of photography?