As a young photographer working in a studio in NYC, my friend Ron, a fashion stylist commented, “Any monkey can work a camera, to be a photographer you have to have a vision!” So true, and this has kept me mindful of doing good work, but more so, beyond good work, offering a valuable expression – a goal, a creative commitment.
Throughout history master talents have expressed similar sentiments about their creative process - beyond the tactile hands on and know-how, having their creativity reach a place of emotion, feeling and the senses.
“Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels...”
“There are some people looking to play guitar, There’s other people looking for a sound.”
I recently asked students to express how they felt with paint and pen during a portrait shoot – It added some interesting elements letting the students participate in the image being captured. Their creativity helped shape the photograph, how they felt and who they were became a part of what we created together.