"The wise man does not seek enlightenment, he waits for it. So while I was waiting it occurred to me that seeking perplexity might be more fun."

If you'd prefer to skip my rambling you can join an ongoing discussion over at @mikmas101's post 'style - does it matter?'


There has been some discussion, recently, regarding an identifiable 'style' in
photographs; what is and whether we, individually, have it. For what it might
be worth, I think it is inevitable that we develop a style of our own over
time, but we should beware of getting trapped within that style. We should
beware of typecasting ourselves simply to maintain a style.

I'm sure we've all experienced the odd commentator advising a crop here, or a
tweak there, on one of our shots. Myself, I've been advised to get my monitor
properly calibrated because a shot was particularly dark. While we should
always listen to the opinions of others, if only because we might learn from
another's experience, we shouldn't assume that their advice is necessarily
correct. Be polite, make use of good advice where appropriate, but don't be
afraid to disagree with anyone.

Remember that Paul Cézanne was scorned by the establishment and throughout his
life doubted his own abilities as an artist because he couldn't, in his own view,
master the technical aspects of his art. If he had listened to his doubting
side, or taken onboard the opinions of his detractors we might never have seen
his genius. I accept that I am no Cézanne(!). I am not a professional
photographer, and I am certainly not an Artist in the academic sense. Even so,
I do consider what I do to be, at worst, a craft and, if I'm lucky, the
creation of art — though I confess that the how (and even the why) often eludes me.

If you've ever produced, by your own hand or eye or whatever, something that
moves you or others in some way then that thing is a work of art. Photography,
as a means of expression, is not about capturing what is in front of the lens.
Objectivity is a myth... every click of the shutter is an opportunity to
find a hidden, and purely subjective, quantum moment that would never have existed otherwise.

So go forth, my fellow quantum catchers and conjurors, and create your alternative realities! And, also, please forgive the rambling nature of this post. I'll probably be embarrassed by it tomorrow.

Thank you for listening,
Mike