I’ve Got Something To Say:
I’m Not Sure How To Express It Yet:
But I know that its coming. I’ve been deep in thought lately about how I want to express my love of the ocean to you. I’ve been studying the greatest of photographers and now more importantly to me some of the greatest artists throughout the ages.
Is Less Best?
From Van Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso to artists from the late 1880s such as Frederick Mccubbin and the one who has impressed me the most John Glover. The way he portrayed light was simply amazing. He created such a beautiful soft light that just washed over his subject and gave the scene a heavenly feel. Interestingly, enough these guys were just as good at hiding what didn’t need to be shown. There was still detail in the background but if it wasn’t important its detail was greatly diminished and dramatically darkened.
Its About Invoking Emotions
These guys really understood about how to create an emotion within a person. They had time on their hands to develop a scene that they knew would invoke some sort of feeling from a person. It wasn’t about getting the sharpest details from the foreground all the way through to the background. It wasn’t about ensuring everything was colour corrected. What was important was portraying how a certain scene made the artist feel or how to ensure a person was affected by the painting.
I spent quite a bit of time in the State Art Gallery recently as well and was looking at landscape artists from the mid 1700s and their work was amazing.
It soon became evident that in most respects the less detail they used the more emotion they were able to portray. The darker the image the clearer the subject or intention of the artist was. Similarly the blurry and less detailed the painting the easier it was to invoke an emotion.
I Still Love Pretty Images
Don’t get me wrong, I still love pretty and picturesque images. They are after all, just that picturesque and really amazing to look at. I am still going to produce pretty images, as they are important to me. I love creating them and always will.
I just want to start developing a photographic voice as well. If something is important to me, I want to be able to convey that importance to you via a photograph as its my chosen medium of expression.
So stay tuned. I’ve got something to say and I think I’ve almost learnt how to say it.