Saturday, September 11, 2010

From the Collaboratory

TRIBUTE TO LAKE ERIE, my original home

On the Beam by JohnHarmonGallery

What I'm learning (that you probably already know!) is that while established, universal criteria exist to separate the artistic sheep from the goats, ultimately, visual art, like literature and music, is largely a matter of taste. Photography on etsy covers a huge range, from black and white to manipulated color, from simple nature to complex collage. We all have our favorites, our bias, you could say. Mine tends toward minimalism in both subject matter and post-capture processing, with some exceptions.

Lake Erie 3 - Moonrise by jennifersquires

The lesson to be learned here is if you've submitted work for a show or art fair and been rejected, keep trying! The first judge I submitted my work to rejected it; the second one, a gallery curator, not only put me in two shows, but sends me information about other calls for art.

Seagull Picnic by WindDancerPhotos

On the other hand, if you've been following the POE Team blog, you will have seen that certain artists' work appears in our selections regularly. Clearly, those photographers have achieved a high level of excellence, but I suspect their passion for their subjects also helps make their work so compelling.

Studying other artists - not just photographers! - paying attention to scenes in real or composed life that capture our interest, and taking classes all help to make us better photographers. The old learning curve goes through the roof after a good class.

Chinaman's Lighthouse on Lake Erie by TheCamerasEye

Please join the conversation with your own stories. Many of you have loads of experience to share, and many of us would welcome your input.

Before the Storm by luxedesign

Nakedeye17 (Su) thinks of photography as a wake-up call: "Hey, everybody! Are you seeing this?" She loves to capture humor, too, and anything wondrous strange. Find Nakedeye17's shop here.


T @ Poppy Place said...

I love the way all capture light just a little differently, thanks for the inspiration :) T.

W. Lotus said...

I have been spending most of this year studying others' art rather than promoting my own. It isn't just to learn technique; not even mostly to learn technique. It is mostly to learn to appreciate my own art.

In the past I have erred on the side of thinking everyone's art is better than mine. Now I am learning to appreciate the differences and similarities between my art and others' art, instead of thinking it is a "better or worse" dichotomy. This shift in my thinking is improving my confidence as an artist.

Anika said...

Wow, what a beautiful place. That moonrise image is breathtaking!

Very true words...we can learn a lot from other's especially nice to find gifted people who like to share their talents and knowledge.

Pretty post, thanks!

Celtic Cat said...

They are all great, but I love Before the Storm the best!

Nakedeye17 said...

Thanks, everyone! W. Lotus, your point is well made. Looking at others' art and seeing what is selling can be a real ego booster. Not that the top sellers produce inferior stuff; not at all! But so do you.