I get my inspiration often times from music. However, I’ve realized that usually the music I am listening to reflects my current mood and then I also started to notice that really, I get my inspiration from life itself. Life has many ups and downs, different experiences, emotions, confusions, and just the general stuff that life throws at you. I’ve actually found it to be true that I can literally not create a photo at this point that doesn’t somehow incorporate what is on my mind at the point in time. It’s almost as if the world around me only presents things to photograph that can have some sort of emotional application to whatever it is I am feeling. That may or may not make sense to you but it is actually how I feel about it. It wasn’t something I felt always happened, as there was a time I used to snap pictures without much thought, but over time as I grew into an artist and began applying artistic fundamentals, I began to view the world in a very abstract way.
Beyond that, people. People inspire me to keep taking photography. I am extremely passionate about portrait photography. There is just something that I, and others, can connect to with human emotion. Expression, we all have it. Capturing it in a photograph is special, magical even. To take a great photograph of a person it often takes building a special connection with them or a bond even. We are social creatures and portrait photography, especially modeling photography, allows me to meet so many different people on a regular basis. There is no better feeling to me than to take someone’s photograph and hear them say “Wow! That is the best photo ever taken of me!” Every time I hear those words, I can’t help but smile for the rest of my day. I hope the same goes for the individual in the photograph. We all tend to have a poor perception of our own image, it’s great to show someone that they are actually beautiful. It’s like having physical proof to show to them. “Look, see! You are undeniably gorgeous!” – I am not sure where this poor perception of ourselves comes from. Maybe it’s like hearing a recording of your own voice, you don’t think about what your voice sounds like until you hear it played back to you and we all seem to think we sound awful. Well, guess what? You are more than likely not an audio technician, either. Your mirror lies to you, or better yet, you lie to you.
People also inspire me in the form of support. Or fans. People that see my work and praise it’s aesthetics, either in person or on social media, it makes me feel good. Like what I do has value or worth. All artists crave attention whether they admit it or not. Only the ones not receiving any attention say they don’t crave it, but they’re lying. Either to you or themselves. That is not to say that their work is not worthy of attention, it may just mean they’re not displaying it correctly or to the right people. No artist is really creating anything just for themselves. Art is conveying an emotion in hopes that some people may “feel it” too. It’s one thing to tell someone you are happy or sad. It’s another thing to be able to make them have that same feeling, or connection, through a piece of art. It has been said that you can read all the history books you want, and sure you may know what events happened when, but if you want to know how people actually felt during those times you must look to the arts that were created then. Art does not create culture. Culture creates Art.
And that will be what my next blog post is on. How culture defines aesthetics and beauty and that it is not the artist who decides what is “beautiful.”
So, what inspires you?