I came across this Ansel Adams quote the other day on a wonderful photography blog by Nicole Gibson .
“As with all art, the photographer’s objective is not the duplication of visual reality. Photography is an investigation of both the outer and the innerworlds. The first experiences with the camera involve looking at the world beyond the lens. Trusting that the instrument will capture something seen. The terms “shoot” and “take” are not accidental: they represent an attitude of conquest and appropriation. Only when the photographer grows into perception and creative impulse does the term “make” define a condition of empathy between the external and internal events.”
This is on my mind as I am editing my new work from China and beginning the process of creating a new body of work.
I had some visual goals in mind, that are always very fluid and evolving. I was looking to see with feeling . To create work that asks questions as well as answers.
It’s a difficult process. I want to create beautiful work, work that keeps up with my own pace as an artist and craftsman, but I often worry that I’ve shot my last good
image, that everything from here on out is just derivative and cliché. We all struggle with doubts. There is a creative arc on a trip – to the flow of making the work and even to the journey itself.
I remembered to trust the process (most of the time) – and just kept going…