Sunday, August 16, 2009

Stealth photography

Stealth - I have been thinking about all my photographs that have not been seen by anyone. Or my wife's photographs that have not been seen by anyone but me. What happens when your photography is not seen by anyone but yourself? Is this like that old question: "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a sound?" If you do not show your photography to anyone, does it really exist or have value?

Ok, so now we are thinking about why make photography or art to begin with? The obvious answer; we can not help ourselves. We have this urge to create that picture. We feel that if we don't create that image, something will be terribly missing from our lives. It becomes more important to create than to share it with anyone. Those of us who spend our waking hours (and much of our sleep) thinking about that next creation are walking the fine line between genius and egotist. (More about this later, perhaps.)

Not to mention the aesthetics of that all important creation. We do make critical choices in that process of creating the picture that brings all our experience and talent to bear. Then the decision of selection and editing. Which picture to champion and hold out as the "best" of the series.

Then, why do some of us never display these images? Or more accurately, do we hold back until we have the confidence to bear our souls to the public?