Thoughtful Reflection

April 28, 2017

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."

~ Robert Collier

 

The quality of your photographic work is a reflection of the thoughts you hold and the beliefs you reinforce through repetition of such thoughts in your mind.  Everything you produce in your photography is a manifestation of the thoughts you hold.  Subsequently, in essence, your art is a reflection of yourself and, therefore, when you exhibit your art to others your are exposing your inner self: it's a courageous step to take.

 

"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer."

~ Ansel Adams

 

So, you've made the image and presented it to the awaiting world via your chosen media; surprisingly, it will not be received in good light by all in the way you intended or hoped it would be as the eye of the beholder is influenced exclusively by their beliefs and their resulting world-view construct:  i.e. they will react to your work based upon the reflection of their thoughts, not yours.  Your art may appeal to some, but, most likely, not to all. 

 

I would hazard a guess, that this image of a still and serene evening on Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland will appeal to those of a more sedate disposition rather than those who happily live fast, dynamic lives - after all,  "...one man's meat, is another man's poison", as Preston Surges would say.  Therefore, my message to you as a photographer is work to satisfy your own inner need to express yourself artistically and to create images that first, and foremost, please you as the beholder, not others.   To do otherwise will quickly erode your passion for the art and ultimately will result in a degeneration of the quality you produce: the output will not reflect who you are.

 

"To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."

~ William Shakespeare

 

Stay focused and keep clicking.

 

Steve

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