February 27, 2013
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. In photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary. – David Bailey
Focus: Still Life
A few weeks ago I went to a ‘canvas and cocktail’ type of painting class with some dear friends of mine (shout-out to those friends – woohoo!). These classes are set up for everyday folks to gather and enjoy some good wine while learning some basic painting techniques. Personally, I hadn’t lifted a paintbrush (other than the home improvement variety) since grade school. When faced with the blank white canvas in front of me I was struck by two things: 1) Where do I start? and 2) Where do I end? With painting you really can invent things. The old adage ‘the world is your canvas’ is literally true with painting.
Photography is different. With photography, instead of inventing things I have learned to really SEE. I am now continually drawn to light, pattern, colors and textures that already exist all around me. The art is there – everywhere – just waiting to be captured with a click of my shutter.