joshjohnson How much of what you create really comes from you? I think it's a fascinating discussion. I've had times in my career where I felt like, if I wasn't 100% original, I was cheating. Ive talked to more than one person that made me feel like if we aspire to shoot like someone else, we're plagiarists. Here's my question to you. Why is it so important for you to be original? Do you handcuff yourself creatively by not being bold enough to steal from others the things that really turn you on ?
In my experience, I'm more fulfilled and more productive when I open myself up to inspiration. Inspiration of all sorts. I'd encourage you to to actively seek out painters, cinematographers, photographers, anyone that inspires you. Then be strong enough to take whatever it is that moves you about their work. Its not weak. You're not breaking the rules. You're actually being faithful to what I'd suggest is the most important rule of all. Find what moves you. Then create more of it .
In my opinion that applies to the inspiration I get from Van Gogh as much as it does the warmth of the sunlight on my lawn last evening. I may find myself creating images with more bold colorful shapes like Van Gogh, or shooting images that are full of warming orange light. In either case the point is to find inspiration and create .
Stop worrying about being original. Here's how I see it. If you are passionate about what you are making, it is yours.
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  •   edmontoncenter Rich, I agree completely with your post. But reality is that art (and I'm certainly not making art) is not always accessible or understandable. I offer as examples abstract art (which I love), poems by T. S. Eliot (which I do not love) or any art installation that I have seen at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Our university churns out highly-regarded metal sculptors at a frightening rate, and I am not sure any of the viewers of abstract sculpture get the artist's point. Ah, maybe that's the point- someone puts something out there and the audience members each invest it with their own values and contexts. Truthfully, you could say that art encourages the viewer to find his own message, and propaganda delivers the clear and unambiguous content. I don't mean that as a criticism, either, because that is also the role of advertising and I primarily buy magazines for the pictures. Dynamite shot of Tim Tebow on the cover of GQ right now. Thoughtful portrait or irresistible lure? You decide. I can remember Bruce weber layouts for GQ in the 80's, not that I'm tempted to chase Pepperdine water polo players for pictures. There are photos from Vogue in the 90's that haunt me, they are so perfect. I'm very visual, like other guys, and and really strong images stick with me. Thanks for the feedback- you have a beautifully orderly mind, and I envy the ones why get to set you off on a subject you care about. And you should see the pictures I don't post, for one reason or another. 2y
  •   richtatum @edmontoncenter Thanks for the feedback! I agree with you. For what it's worth I am one who enjoys aesthetics a great deal – but most "art" – at least modern art – leaves me puzzled and wary. That's what I tend to happily embrace "design" as my aesthetic choice. 2y
  •   her_bliss @scuttle_bug thank you beautiful. I know that's what I need. I love challenges but hate to ask for votes. I don't want to bother other IGers. I feel we have so much interaction enough to do. Thanks again love. 2y
  •   her_bliss @samteevee you're too sweet Sam. 2y
  •   her_bliss @michelleangus Michelle! I'm relieved I'm not alone. When it comes to others, I say the same, post what you want. Im pretty faithful and I'll like and comment. Why can't I say that to myself? 2y
  •   her_bliss @anamokdeci wow. Thank you Ana!! I am flattered by your words. 2y
  •   her_bliss @mysticmermaid Christy! Thank you. I know I have to work on this. And I will. 2y

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