CHAPTER 5 - HAVE A VISUAL URGE
Have a visual urge and don't trick yourself and the others of being a professional (an image worker)! What's the difference between making photography and shooting? The same as the difference between being a photographer and an image worker!
The etiquettes oblige to choose a camp and state a specialisation for nude, for portrait, for landscape, for action, for product, for documentary ...
Rethink the above as phases in your photographic art, as oscillating preferences (erratic obsessions) for classic (nude), for faces (portrait), for plains (landscape), for commotion (action), for stillness (product), for surveillance (documentary) …
The greatest danger, fear, nightmare, of all is that the viewer's interest will not exceed the time span needed for taking a picture. If there is no inner disturbance, if your instant record of untransformed reality does not create an enigma, a mind-twister (not twitter), then it will be a puff of visual smoke. Gone in a split second!
So what will it be? An image worker or an art disciple? A politically correct professional or a visionary rebel photographer?
Myself, I have a poster in front of me on the wall reminding me: "More provoking, less ethics, more aesthetics"!
To be cont'd
NB: The pictures featuring here won't be in the book. I only wish I could have been the author. Instead, they reflect quite well my thoughts and this makes them extraordinary in my eyes. I am grateful to all those who give me the opportunity to see also through theirs.
Michail Moscholios - Photo by Titti Dufva