Are You an Artist?

April 16, 2014  •  2 Comments

"Are you an artist?" 

My wife and I were preparing to paint our bathroom and the guy behind the counter at Home Depot asked me this question in relation to the textured paint I had him mix for me.

"No," I said, "We just have a rough wall we're painting over."

I immediately wanted to change my answer.  Although to tell him I'm a photographer and a musician was probably not the response he was looking for.  But I think too often we are quick to dismiss our own skills and talents.  I have often tried over the years to get my students to acknowledge their artistry.  To claim the title of artist is to set the bar higher, to bear a standard that you must then attempt to live up to.  So there is risk involved in making the claim.  I sometimes hear photographers say "I just push the button."  This is of course a self-deprecating comment.  There is so much more to taking an outstanding photograph: the composition, placing the objects in the frame in a balanced and interesting way; selecting the appropriate lens, the desired depth of field, color, focus, and lighting.  And that really just scratches the surface.  

So the next time I go in Home Depot I'm going to go back to the paint department and tell the guy behind the counter that I am an artist!  Whether he asks me or not.

 

Here are some shots from a recent trip to Charleston, SC:

 

Reflection at Magnolia Plantation

 

Edisto Island SunriseEdisto Island Sunrise First peek of sunrise.

 

Edisto boneyardEdisto boneyard Sunrise at the boneyard, Edisto Island, SC

tupelos and azaleastupelos and azaleas

Abstract image of tupelo trees and azaleas, shot with an iPhone.


Comments

Dana L. White(non-registered)
I love your comment about claiming the title of "artist" as "raising the bar". Keep it high!
Ellen(non-registered)
Great photos, Tom. I especially love the colors and composition of Reflection. I always knew you were an artist!
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