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The best thing I have ever read

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 28, 2011, 2:54 PM
The best thing I have ever read as it relates to photography. Period. Bar none. guytal.com/wordpress/2011/12/t… Think I am kidding? I'm not. It says it all completely. A little excerpt:

"Most mature and accomplished artists who embraced their own creativity no longer have much use for critique. From that point on, the critic is but a voice representing the tastes of others, who may or may not understand the work, and whose opinion is not likely to make an impact on the artist's direction. The exception, perhaps, is when the artist considers the critic a better artist than they are."

Photography quote of the day? (unrelated to the above but perhaps the other best thing i have ever read as it relates to photography) Sure why not, catch---

""I am not interested in showing my work to photographers any more, but to people outside the photo-clique. My pictures are not escapes from reality, but a contemplation of reality, so that I can experience life in a deeper way."
- Bruce Davidson

That's all there was and there is no more than that. Period. It says it all.
John





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BogdanEpure Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
HAppy new year everyone.
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BogdanEpure Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I am not interested to show my artwork to anyone actually. I photograph because I love it. And yes, if I like something is to show it to non-photographers: they know to find the beauty in it or to see what's more predominant: the beauty. Photographers on the other side they see the black spot on the WHITE sheet of paper. that 1% percent bad thing about your photo.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
I am not interested in showing my work to photographers any more, but to people outside the photo-clique. My pictures are not escapes from reality, but a contemplation of reality, so that I can experience life in a deeper way

I love that quote so much, although I thought it was credited to Bruce Dickinson when I first noticed it...hehe! To be honest, I think critique and everything else is all just opinion. Technical information tends to be more fact and less feeling, but critique from anyone is really just what they think. I like hearing what people think but I'm also rarely devastated if someone doesn't like my photos. My customers like what I do for them, I like what I do for me and everything else is just a bonus :aww:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   General Artist
The exception, perhaps, is when the artist considers the critic a better artist than they are. That's exactly how I see it too!
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, i have read that article already, it was a very interesting read.
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KarenFiore Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Agreed.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
I always enjoy reading Guy's blogs....he's probably the most articulate and honest photographer out there.
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SarahElNaggar Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing :clap:
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Muskeg Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   Photographer
A very good read, John. Thanks!
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Pinheadd Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
I like both quotes, but the second one is amazing. It's like a perfect description of photography. Thanks a lot for sharing these! :)
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