"What is essential is invisible to the eye, we must see with our heart" Antoine de St. Exupery
My students often ask me how they can improve their work. My response is always: feed your soul. Seek beauty, excellence and divinely inspired works by others and store those memories! Why? Because they pay dividends.
The conscious act of creating awareness is the greatest gift we can offer ourselves. As artists, we'll get our egos bumped and bruised a bit...that's healthy, right? There is so much talent and creativity in this world which translates to "there is always someone better". But we will be strengthening our ability to see and to feel. We'll begin to recognize those moments when we see differently, we'll have more of those "a ha!" experiences that keep us going when we're traversing a flat period.
I am a frustrated time traveler. Borne of an intense desire to see as my favorite painters saw, or more precisely, to feel as they felt, I try to create photographs from this resonance. The images are not consciously intentional. Rather I think that because I have the images of the Masters in my heart and subconscious, I recognize the photographic possibilities when they arise.
The light, form, palette, movement and emotion live within me. And to be able to express that in a photograph is my greatest joy. The photograph of the lady on horseback says to me "Degas' dancers". The point of view, looking across the 'stage' and including the audience shares a resonance with his paintings from behind the curtain. The palette feels the same, the stage lights, though too bright, feel correct. And by panning with the movement and blurring the audience (a necessity because of the slow shutter speed and available light) we can let go of our knowledge of 'time'.
I don't know if I will ever see another Degas in a photograph. But Kline and Kahn and Van Gogh and Canaletto have all been there for me. I'm waiting to discover a Rembrandt, a Vermeer, and maybe a Bonnard!
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Our guest today is Keron Psillas from Shepherdstown, WV, and is another horse lover as well as a lover of master painters! You can check her out at We Photograph As We Are. Thank you, Keron, for joining us today as our guest.