Stills & Cinema

The Guts and the Glory

A blog on the mechanics, philosophy, and art of image making

finding your voice…

Let me just tell you right now… I haven’t “arrived.” 

It am STILL finding my voice in my art and particularly my photography.

 

| It’s a struggle every day. |  

 

I work hard to refine what I know and love all the time and I also try to lean in deeper and deeper into the style and aesthetic where I find the most enjoyment and fulfillment. 

To be honest, I am not even sure I will ever really “arrive” per se.  Is that bad? I have no idea. Some artists do “arrive” but maybe I am just kidding myself. As artists we want to.  The more you know and are confident in your “voice” the stronger you can declare it in your artwork with everything we have because it produces an environment less prone to fear.  (I am sure fear still pushes its way in sometimes though) 

 

|But that fear though. It’s the real enemy here. |

It kills everything and deflates all the balloons of our past success.   

Its that thing that keeps us from committing and putting 100% of ourselves in that new idea that you just thought of.  Ideas don’t get far when fear has you.  You know what I am talking about.

 

“Photograph what you love” is what people always tell me.   

While I 100% agree, this is so much more complicated than what that statement suggests.  It never is that simple.