October 21, 2010
I recently had the fortunate opportunity to teach at El Photo Club in Monterrey, Mexico. The class was centered around the fact that the camera once completely understood becomes simply an extension of the mind. The second part of the class explored the possibilities of photography using simple techniques to push and bend images to convey what are mind saw, more than simply what the camera saw. The students in this two day intensive workshop pushed their boundaries and broke out from perceived restrictions that we as photographers place on ourselves. I explained to them that there is no truth in photography as a medium so why do we feel the need to try and replicate it. Instead think of photography as a medium used to output thought just as any other medium. Just because the camera views the world in a finite way does not mean that we as artist must. We are smarter than these damn boxes with buttons! Do not forget that we control them! Break away from what your camera shows you; Instead… show the world what you see!
Thank you all so much you pushed your boundaries and made beautiful work
April 30, 2010
OK let’s get down to brass tacks here! We are going to explore the concepts that apply to framing. First I do believe that too often photographers think they have a finite amount of space to convey their ideas. That finite space some may call the frame, or the borders or the limits of what the artist is able to capture. If we think like that we will be immediately restricting our vision and boxing ourselves up before one frame has been shot. Instead I like to think what might be going on outside of the frame, is as important as what you see going on in the frame. I try to add movement to a still image by creating tension and questions, and that is accomplished by not having the entire answer within your boxed pretty frame. Break the box, screw the box! We the artist have the ability to create the world, so do that. Instead of showing what we all know already exist, let’s show what might exist. I want to pose a question. Have you ever looked at a photograph and tried to peak around it or under it or behind it, trying to see a bit more? I do that all the time, and at that instant what has happened is the image has essentially come to life. The image now has a metaphorical movement that a two dimensional image usually lacks, it has engaged the viewer, and now a fluidity can be found in an otherwise still frame. That is where there is power in a still image; when it leaves the viewer with more questions than answers. So bend your frame, bend it until it breaks and let us not place limits on our vision! We are artist and artist have no limits, but due to the nature of our medium we sometimes limit ourselves. Do not limit your world we must fight, and resist ourselves of that… Always! Thanks for reading about the only world I know, photography