Looking to find your voice…

in photography?

The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural… The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into silent stillness and becomes white.

Wassily Kandinsky

I’m not the kind of girl that falls for pastel shades of barely there color. If I’m going to stray from my beloved monochromatic it’s going to be with an intensely bold yet limited color palette.

It’s important to know what you like and to seek it out. One of the best ways to find your voice as an artist is to build some galleries of your work; group them and see how they fit together. Sometimes images fit together for unexpected reasons and others stand alone lacking any common thread. Look for commonalities in focal lengths, color, composition, and theme. What other things can you see that work together as a group? This is an extremely insightful exercise that can tell you a lot about yourself and the direction that you’re going.

Years ago I came to the realization that I couldn’t spend my creative time in a studio setting so I took the technical skills that I’d learned while photographing my kiln formed glass and headed outdoors. I credit a wonderful painter/mentor with forcing me to confront the landscape. It forever changed my direction in photography. (Thank you, Nan!)

Re-visit familiar places, photograph them again, and listen quietly for the voice of the landscape.

3 thoughts on “Looking to find your voice…”

  1. Wise words as usual. Thank you.

    On Sat, Aug 31, 2019, 7:04 AM it’s (almost always) about the water… wrote:

    > sherylrgarrison posted: ” in photography? The deeper the blue becomes, the > more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire > for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural… The brighter it becomes, > the more it loses its sound, until it turns in” >

  2. Your image is so deep, so peaceful, so moving, and your advice to look for commonalities SPOT-ON. I love to do it with other’s bodies of work too, as a fresh eye can pick up the connections that the artist may be overlooking. We can all help each other 🙂

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