Hello! I am so excited to be joining the creative team at Journey to Artist! I have long admired Cindy and Amanda’s creativity and art, and their vision and determination in building this incredible community that celebrates and inspires artistry. I hope I can contribute some of my own creativity and passion for this art to this fabulous community.
Last weekend I attended the Possible workshop with Jesh de Rox, Ed Peers and Gabe McClintock. Those two days blew my socks off, and I could ramble on forever about each of the amazing teachers and all the life changing details. One of the most inspiring ideas that I will take away from this weekend, is that we must give ourselves permission to be artists. ‘Who creates our limits? We do. Who destroys our limits? We do.’ (Thanks Jesh de Rox!).
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about genres and niches, and how we sometimes feel pressured to choose a round hole and fit our square peg heads into it. Surely we can’t love photographing everything, we might risk being good at nothing? This weekend showed me that being an artist doesn’t necessarily mean choosing a genre in the photography industry, and becoming the best we can at it. Being an artist means being open to our environment, and even creating the right environment for ourselves. Appreciating many different genres of photography and art in general can open our eyes to the world around us. Lifestyle, Wedding and even Environmental Portrait photographers use concepts from photography of architecture, still life, and landscape, so why do we limit our learning to the niche that we base our careers or personal projects on?
I have learned from several photographers over the last year, that our journey to artist is so much more fulfilling when we play, have fun and explore with our art. This is our journey, it belongs to us in this one life that we have, and nobody else. So be curious, say yes to any opportunity that excites us or rattles us, and keep our minds open to ideas beyond the genre that our business is focused on. If in doubt, take a look at the variety of Picasso’s work over his lifetime!
In this past year, I took many photos of my children, which is my main ‘why’ in photography. I developed my family photography business, and made lots of wonderful memories with lots of wonderful families. Those two things are beautifully consistent and neat. But I surprised myself by taking a few risks and exploring lots of different ideas. Two very bizarre and amazing things that happened to me last year arose from a photo of some crocodiles I took on holiday, and some photos I took of an emotional street rally at night. Other out-of-the-box (for me) projects included an arty exhibition in a beautiful gallery, and photographing some farmers in a field for their new company brochure! I like to say yes to anything that seems interesting, without much thought to what it could lead to. If I spend too long over-analysing some future event, I wimp out. And I have mild anxiety about the visual aesthetics of my IG feed so I don’t post everything; even the images in this blog post are a total mish-mash and I wouldn’t choose to display them alongside each other normally. But I don’t believe that we should keep ourselves contained in just one neat little niche for consistency’s sake. Our art will blossom if we have our eyes open to the world around us.
Give yourself permission to be an artist!