June 02, 2011

What did you say?

You must have something to "say". You must be brutally honest with yourself about this. Think about history , politics, science, literature, music, film, and anthropology. What affects does one discipline have over another? What makes "man" tick? Today , with everyone being able to easily make technically perfect photographs with a cell phone, you need to be an "author". It is all about authorship, authorship and authorship. Many young photographers come to me and tell me their motivation for being a photographer is to "travel the world" or to "make a name" for themselves. Wrong answers in my opinion. Those are collateral incidentals or perhaps even the disadvantages of being a photographer.
Without having tangible ideas , thoughts, feelings, and something almost "literary" to contribute to "the discussion", today's photographer will become lost in the sea of mediocrity. Photography is now clearly a language. As with any language, knowing how to spell and write a gramatically correct "sentence" is , of course, necessary. But, more importantly, today's emerging photographers now must be "visual wordsmiths" with either a clear didactic or an esoteric imperitive. Be a poet, not a technical "writer". Perhaps more simply put, find a heartfelt personal project. Give yourself the "assignment" you might dream someone would give you. Please remember, you and only you will control your destiny. Believe it, know it, say it.

-David Alan Harvey
{I added the emphasis}

For now, this is what I want my photos to say:

My life is ordinary, but there is beauty.

Actually, I'm probably trying to convince everyone (and myself) that there is beauty in a domestic life.
Hmm....I'm thinking, thinking, thinking......

Be a poet.

quote from Trav's Blog.

On a side note, let it be known:
I DO NOT AGREE that everyone is able to make a technically perfect photo with a cell phone. What the what????


  1. That is the great thing about our lives: Yes, they are ordinary and yes they are beautiful! Why must we all be searching for "something" outside of our lives when all we really need to do is look at the beauty within. Love, happiness, stability, and peace of mind are all beautiful things!

  2. I love this. That's what all the art I do is for me, storytelling. It's my favorite part about it. That I get to tell stories. And I agree with Emily. There is beauty in everything, sometimes the art is seeing it.

  3. I don't need convincing, I definitely believe there is beauty in a domestic life. Sometimes the world tries to tell us there is none and that's the hard part. Tiffany