The beginning of a new year brings with it the promise of change. A chance to start over and finally get around to doing something you’ve put off far too long. Building a business and growing as an artist don’t always happen at the same time. 2006 was an opportunity to build my business and this year, I plan to focus more on growing as an artist. Hopefully, my business will continue to grow as I surround myself with clients and friends who understand and support my vision as an artist. Realizing that vision is a lifetime of growth.
Growth comes from inspiration. We are inspired by those we admire. In January, that inspiration came from visiting a gallery showing of one of my favorite portrait photographers Arnold Newman. Arnold photographed iconic legends of the 20th Century, many of his images you’ll recognize. To see these images in person, printed by the photographer himself, was inspiring. It was also a gauge of my own personal growth, to stand there and compare my vision and aesthetics to the work of this legend.
Sharing this day at the museum with me were local photographers Ted Mishima and Joni Shimabukuro. Ted and I have known each other for years and continually challenge each other as artists. Ted maintains a blog called Tabula Rasa that I encourage you to visit. What good is a photoblog without images, right?
Photographers and clients continually ask me how I get the tonality and depth in my black and white images. I’ve been thinking about this recently and I honestly feel that it’s my background in shooting and printing black and white fine art images for decades that has trained my eye to see black and white a certain way. This was validated at the Arnold Newman exhibit. Deep, dark blacks that still held detail and subtle highlights that were not blown out. This is the way I shoot and post produce my images, an aesthetic that I carry forward with digital imagery.
To you, my faithful and dedicated reader, I must apologize for taking so long to break the silence. The weeks following the holidays were much busier than I anticipated, thankfully, for it’s typically a very slow time of year. The longer I stalled writing, the harder it became to jump into that creative void. The blank slate, my very first post is truly the heart of an artist. We are our own worst enemies and many times my creative blocks come from thinking too much of the outcome instead of focusing on the process, jumping in and letting it happen.
Part of the process of being an artist is to practice your craft daily. Not everything you create will become art, it’s not supposed to be. It’s the process of creation that is important. The exploration of the blank canvas that results in finding your voice, your point of view that comes across in every image. My professionalism comes from practiced study and implementation of discipline, my art comes from letting go. For me, that is the heart of what I hope to accomplish this year.