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Observations From Behind the Wall

More observations from behind the wall:

Many people in this ‘industry’ turn their noses down at the concept of ‘art’. Comments like ‘how can a blurred image of an unrecognisable subject, or a photograph of a telegraph pole etc. , be called art? Or there’s also the feeling that people who call themselves artists are up their own arses.

Art is nothing more than having something to say and having the guts to say it. So whatever visual form that expression takes, doesn’t matter. If you’re only looking at the visual, you’re missing the point. Look at the idea, the concept, think about what it means to you, inside and with an open untethered mind.

One of the great benefits, in a social sense, of art is that it has the power to potentially change the way some people will think about a certain subject because the subject matter has been presented in a new way, a way that hasn’t been seen before. The viewer can then see that thing in a new way - and maybe, their opinion of the concept will change slightly. So if you feel strongly about something, anything, then say it, and say it loud.

In regards to the model photography network, there are very few people who seem to be challenging the beliefs and motives of, well, anything. If you’re happy doing that, then all power to you, but please don’t exhibit reverse snobbery against those who feel the need to challenge, and to express.
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Model: @mona_gene_
Amsterdam, 2018

My Art

What I do best. No one other than Lindbergh and some of the classic portraitists like Penn, have influenced this type of work. And it’s ALWAYS been the mainstay of my work as a photographer.

Various people I’ve worked with have helped move some of my work to different areas and techniques but my default and most personal, and most personally satisfying work, and what I think is my best work, has not changed.

For me, the best work I did in Europe was based around this particular project and I’m proud of the work. It’s MY art. These are not model shots They were taken candidly.

@poetic.minx Antwerp, 27th August 2018

Hunting

The other thing. The other thing, which is probably more important than anything is the photographer’s ability (or lack of) to capture moments within moments. Only a photographer, probably a documentary photographer’s (James Motty), could realise this aspect. To be able to seize moments out of life that tell a whole story, a whole movie, at the click of a shutter is an art in itself. Not every photographer can do this, and that’s fine, photography encompasses many things, many of which I don’t/can’t do.

So concept or idea aside, it’s irrelevant if the photographer can’t do this bit. Even where there is a defined concept, the approach and skill required is exactly the same. The photographer is a hunter, who is constantly ‘hunting’, for moments, of and within life itself - which is playing out in front of him/her. The unadorned beauty and fragility of life itself. You can either see and react within a thousandth of a second to that, or not.

For me, this is what I do best. It is irrelevant to me what or who the subject is, when I’m shooting like this I’m not thinking about the subject, at all. People need to get that. Look at the photograph, not the subject. If I’ve managed to capture a moment like this one shown, I’m a satisfied and completed photographer. My job is done and dusted.

@poetic.minx Amsterdam 2018