I didn’t really want to be graded on art. I’m not really an artist. Athlete by my childhood; you either won or lost. Pretty stark outcome. Art, being associated with the abstract, did not seem to have boundaries. It superseded the black and white framework of winning and losing, right and wrong, yes or no.
But my photography professor made a point that definitely made me reconsider this loosey-goosey, good-natured take on art. Art does have rules for the sake of logical consistency. From this consistency comes unity. Unity is when elements within a piece of art serve the same purpose simultaneously.
He said that offhandedly as I sat there in front of a large Mac screen, staring at Photoshop as if it was my easel to paint the world on…except I had no idea if I had any consistencies in my work.
I’m not sure if I ever said on this blog if I was hitting some sort of stride, gaining confidence or a feel for my style. If I did, that is not true anymore. And while the world is mine to capture in a sense, it is an overwhelming task :p Not to mention, the pressure, which may not be apparent to the average artist, is on; I get graded on my work. I understand it has to be done if it’s going to be a course. But it certainly adds a pressure in that whole mindset of self-discovery.
These were a couple of recent shots I took during our lesson in lighting. I messed around heavy-handedly (as my professor would call it) in Photoshop. Does anyone know if I shoot 3 exposures on my Canon Rebel T3i, does the file show up as one in Bridge or Photoshop? I didn’t think it would…
PLEASE DO NOT USE THESE (OR ANY) OF MY PHOTOGRAPHS WITHOUT MY CONSENT.