|To understand this epiphany and what it means to me some bit of personal history must be shared. All my life I've been an artist. All my curriculum in school covered mainly art related themes, Art history, painting, figure drawing, sculpting, etc. I've done or experimented with everthing at least once in my life. Did glass blowing for a year for christs sake! Never did photography. It's always escaped me somehow, like my manifesto states, it's been a cock tease affair for years, barring one circumstance or another. Hell when I was in college I had six hour film (practical/history) class on Saturdays of all thing that I went to at 7am, every Saturday. And with my hard party schedule (and it was bad) I never missed it. It's occured to me today, tonight about ten minutes ago actually that I know this stuff. Oh maybe I'm not an expert with all the technicalities of my camera yet, and I may not have intuitive camera understanding going for me, but I know this stuff. My whole life has been about it. Colour, design, composition, lines, light even. This should all be second nature to me. Sure I've been a non-practicing artist for years now (haven't drawn anything 4-6 years maybe), but this is a lifetime of knowlege I'm letting waste away.
So the epiphany is this... I've always had a spiel about how I've done every aspect of art except photography. Well there is no except now. There is only this! The now, the me living and letting a little bit more me shine through. More who I was before I got lost in coorperate america and let so much of myself go.
Iím a classically trained artist for godsí sake, time to get off my ass and stop simpering about ďoh I donít know what Iím doing, Iím just learningĒ I know better than that. Photography is art and I know art. People can quibble semantics and the little do'sof how photoshop tarnishes the integrity of the picture for all itís worth, but the bottom line is that it is an art form, no matter how you express it, ps work or not. may not be the best photographer right now, but I damn well intend to be! Watch me.
Message edited by author 2006-02-02 21:39:51.