I included the two extra days because day 16 is something I've been itching to write about for quite a while. So, here goes!
DAY 16: SOMETHING YOU MADE
I'm going to start this off by saying I think of myself as a creative person. But, I'm not creative in the artsy, crafts and paint and pencils and shit kind of way.
I don't have the patience for crafts, the steady hand and dedication for painting, the eye for sketches. Photography is my art. Yes, I fully consider photography art. Photography, in my not so humble opinion, is perhaps the most difficult and beautiful kind of art. To do it right, you not only need to have a very sharp eye for detail and beauty where others overlook it, you need to be at least somewhat tech savvy and be able to take your photos from start to finish. In essence, you need a wider variety of tools and skills than most other art forms.
So since day 16 is something I made, I'm showing you one of my favorite photos I've taken of little Nola.
I put myself into every picture I take. When I take a photo, I want people to feel the way I felt when I took the picture when they see the photo.
I've noticed that the vast majority of people ignore or brush pass so much. Beauty, love, anger, passion, tenderness, sadness, peace, confusion, joy. And that makes me sad. All this beauty is around us, and so many of us ignore it. When was the last time you stopped to admire a couple just holding hands, or a baby smiling for no reason, and truly let yourself feel? Damn, this is sounding really new-agey hippyish. Sorry.
But back to my original thought. I see the world in full color, in exact detail, the way it is. I see through the everyday ho-hum so many people get stuck on. And that is what I want people to see when they look at my photos. I hope they're seeing what's actually there, pure and simple. I hope they see what emotions are in the photo. I hope they see the pieces of myself I've happily left in every photo.
Ooh, emotions in photos! Since I'm totally rambling now like I've gone off the deep end, why not?
There are emotions in every photo I take, both the subject's and the emotions the photo evoked in me. But to anyone besides the photographer and usually the subject, the emotions are never fully known. Look at the photo below:
Are those tears of pain? Loss? Happiness? Exhaustion? You will never know.
What about this one?:
A happy couple on a casual stroll? A bittersweet goodbye, with no words needed? Are they happy? Sad?
And this one?
A walk with a best friend? A passed friend who's still with me?
Well, there's my convoluted and totally pointless ramble. I truly have no idea where that came from. CliffNotes version it all:
Photography is art
I have no patience
I put myself into my photos
Photos are full of emotions
You can never be entirely sure of the emotions in said photos, unless you're behind the camera
Here's the actually post! Which of these is your favorite?
Don't have a day 9, I was way too sick to even lift my camera.
|Day 10: Under|
|Day 11: Sweet|
|Day 12: Hat|
|Day 13: Lights|
I love Christmas; so many great bokeh effects!
|Day 14: Something green|
|Day 15: Outside|
|Day 16: Something you made|