From my experience, the process of making art takes time, unimaginable work and effort and commitment. It requires that you fail again and again until you are so frustrated that you just want to give up on being an artist! But every once in a while you manage to create something awesome, in my case an outstanding picture which makes all the failed attempts worthwhile. I remember there was a time I used to go to the beach several days a week searching for my next ‘photographic gem’. At first all I managed to find were sea shells and some dead fish, and I got tired of those pretty quickly. Surprising even myself, I did not put down my camera in defeat. Finally one day I spotted a white bird that resembled a stork which was doing its morning fishing. It aimed its beak towards the surface of the water and speared through it to catch fish. I saw that it wasn’t bothered by my presence and I was able to come closer without disturbing it. It was a unique experience for me since I grew up and lived my whole life in the city and was not accustomed to having a close connection with Mother Nature. I started to photograph it while slowly coming closer to the bird, one shot after another. Eventually I managed to get a good shot of it exactly as it was piercing the water. I was so excited after taking that shot and so thankful to that bird for letting me into its life if only for a few moments.
All of a sudden your brain is bursting with ideas. Everything seems possible and whatever you create feels like pure brilliance. You’re riding the wave of your muse. It’s a great feeling and you want to capture it in your art.
Sitting in front of the computer in the middle of the night and thinking of new things to photograph. Becoming depressed and wondering whether my pictures are good enough… Hoping I have chosen the right profession. Whenever someone says a good thing about a picture of mine I feel elated, however, if I hear a bad word or a silence once they look at my picture it devastates me. I guess that’s the price of being a sensitive aspiring artist.
The first and most important thing in the field of fine art photography is creativity. Nobody wants to see the same washed up pictures all over again no matter how good the photograph is technically. So if you’re not a creative person don’t expect to make a living out of fine art photography. You can draw inspiration from anything. I personally like using symbols, like in my picture The Chains of Manhood. In this picture I replaced the male penis with a chain thus symbolizing the laws and restrictions of being a man in our society. The model is wearing brown tailored pants, which symbolize a business man, and the hands holding the chain are quite muscular and veiny. All of these symbols create a powerful concept.
Since I started taking pictures I remember steering away from the “classic” photographs and trying to present my ideas in my own personal way.
I am constantly learning from other photographers and the internet. I am a great fan of Photoshop since it allows today’s artists to express ideas in a way that was not possible 20 years ago, like for example my picture Women Objectified
This is my first blog ever and I would appreciate any comments or questions regarding my work or photography in general. Don’t be afraid to ask “stupid” questions… there is no such thing.