Its back to iPhone photos today, with a couple shots of WTC One, from my recent time in NYC.
Years ago, while studying philosophy, I really wanted to be a great thinker. I wanted to contribute to society by writing philosophy books, with hopes of making deep truths more accessible. Well, I haven’t exactly gone down that path yet, and I think that its been bothering me on some level.
Yesterday, when I couldn’t find the right words for the post, I had ideas in my mind that I was trying to flesh out and share, but I couldn’t quite figure out what it was I was trying to say. I ended up letting the ideas sit with me all day, and work in the background of my mind, while I carried on.
In the evening, I found myself watching Shots of Awe on youtube, and reading quotes about art and artists. There were quite a few that resonated with me, but one in particular felt like what I was trying to express earlier in the day.
The artist takes in the world, but instead of being oppressed by it, he reworks it in his own personality and recreates it in the work of art.
Then, I read another quote that seemed to help me realize the idea I had floating around in my head.
We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand..
So what exactly does this all mean?
Well, to me it means that I’ve finally stumbled upon my reason for creating via photography. I’ve been struggling with not understanding why I take photos, which was scary to me, because I could have very easily walked away from photography, if I couldn’t figure out some kind of purpose for it. Creating something pretty to put on a wall isn’t enough for me.
Now, I feel like my photography, or my art, is my theory. In a sense, its my philosophy of life. My photography is my way of filtering what I know about the world, and sharing it with whoever is ready for it. Maybe this won’t dramatically change the way my images look, but now that I have some understanding of why I shoot, I feel better.
With all of this in my mind now, I feel like I’m ready to dig deeper with my work, and make it more meaningful. I was just talking to Brandon Kidwell the other day, because I wanted to congratulate him on another upcoming interview, and I mentioned that I admired his work because of its depth. I told him I wanted to take time to go within and come up with some meaningful, thought provoking images of my own too. This moment seems as good as any to start.
If this doesn’t click with you yet, I hope it will through my work moving forward.