I recently tried photography without a camera. How does anyone photograph without a camera? Photography is just record making. Photography records life simply. It can record memories, objects, and people. People don’t need a camera to record. I have been experimenting with scanning objects which is a form of photography. It sets an automatic black backdrop creating contrast with the foreground and background. It literally copies the image down for recording. It’s not traditional. It has opened my eyes to new possibilities. It has taken me out of the lense and into my life.
During the summer sometimes with the 100 degree weather and humidity, you can lose inspiration. Face it, no one in the world wants to be outside photographing while the sweat drips down your forehead and the sun glares at your shoulders, as if you’re the suns enemy. If you’re brave enough to face the suns’ wrath, you have another enemy. Beware of flash rainstorms, you can be walking on a hot day, then BAMM! It’s pouring rain and you’re in risk of hurting your baby, your beloved camera. Your other enemy, the clouds can be pretty dangerous if they decide to throw lightning which they usually do. Your enemy is the weather. To stay inspired, despite the cruel unruly weather, I found this picture that can you and me stay motivated to do what we love.
Dear Mr. Kleon,
I had to read your book “Steal Like An Artist” for my photography class. At first, honestly, I did not enjoy your book. When you used the quote from Jim Jarmusch, “Nothing is original.”, I was in shock. I was offended. How dare you say my work is not original?! Anything an artist does original. Artists are supposed to be original. I was puzzled. My mind kept going round and round trying to process what you meant by we steal things from artists. After thinking about it, I realized what you said is true. We steal. I steal. I DO steal things from artists. The thing is, I steal without thought. I’ve been creating art since I could hold a pencil. Over the years, it’s become an unconscious action. I look at work from artists, get inspired and get an idea made up from my mental images of others work. I felt relieved because I always try to create an out of the world, brand new concept in a photograph. It rid the pressure I constantly put on my shoulders as a photographer.
After that inspiring eye-opening chapter, I literally needed to read on. I needed more inspiration like a starving animal needs food. The chapter that really hit close to my heart was the chapter that said “Write the book you want to read”. I interpreted it as “Photograph what you want”. That got me started because I’m the type of person who is bull-headed. Reading on, I connected with how you said that laptops don’t inspire us. I’ve always thought that being on my laptop too much kills my ideas. It de-inspires me. “Moving inspires you” You said. Yes it does! When I blast music in my ears and take off in sprint around the block, I feel motivation and inspiration as I look at the world around me. Ideas come pouring in my head, I get an idea overload. The feeling is amazing. For an artist, having too many ideas, is one of the best feelings ever! You said to pin things to the wall and keep things that inspire you. I laughed thinking “Do you read my mind?”. I have a pile of what other may consider “Junk”. It’s not junk, it’s what awakens my thoughts. I have screws, pieces of glass, and coral rock. It helps me think out of the box. Your book has helped me think out of the box.
The more I read your book, the more I related with you and realized I’m not the only one. I’m not the only artist that thinks a certain way. “Read deeply. Stay open. Continue to wonder.” you said. I am continuing to wonder. I’m also continuing using your book when I need motivation, inspiration, an arousal of the thoughts, creativity or whatever you want to call it. You’ve changed my life as artist positively. You’ve made me gain a drive for my work. Thank you.
My Photo : Wake Up & Smell the Coffee
Maria Cardona’s Image
Ethan Bitton’s image
Andrew B Myers, born 1987, grew up in a small town in Ontario, Canada. He’s a recent graduate from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He’s a photographer that meticulously arranges his objects before photographing. He’s more of a photo maker than a photo taker meaning that he physically places items in certain arrangements and then photographs. He tends to photograph miniature toys and such. He takes these toys and adds a colored background that really adds contrast to the colors. He controls every aspect of his photo. Myers creates the photograph with such clean lines and makes negative space a major priority. In some photos he uses long shadows while in others, none.
In my photo, I decided to use a common phrase to be a basis for what objects I used, “Wake up and smell the coffee”. Myers often exhibits puns in his work. I used an indigo colored solid background, a mug, coffee beans and a clock to make it look like my phrase. I took Myers’ use of negative space and long shadows to create a successful Myers’ inspired photograph.