Help!

January 21, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

This is not a plea for help, though Lord knows I need help. Not the help you think I need, the help I think I need.

This is a rather brief entry into my ongoing journal about the subject of help as it relates to photography.

I make photographs for 3 reasons though they all boil down to one word: Help.

One can be helped by someone, one can help themselves, one can help others and other people can help other people. My goal is to illustrate why my intention with photography is to help my viewer and in turn, promote the possibility of another helping another. The world can be circular if you look at it like this. I believe that artists, through many mediums have, since the dawn of time, inspired and helped to shape every culture. Architects are just as much artists as are musicians, or painters, photographers, writers, singers and anyone who performs. They breathe life into any living environment. Artists are powerful because they can influence and change the masses, for better or worse. Thus an artist has responsibility whether they acknowledge the fact or not.

One underlying compass and motivation of mine is to help others through photography. Taking any of the following points, together or separately, everything I make fulfills the definition of help in one way or another. These could likely be added to or subtracted from and made to fit and be applied to your own life.

As applicable to those on the outside looking in (and applies with any niche of photography I have covered):

  • To increase awareness
  • To document the rise or decline of a state, tangible or immaterial.
  • To uplift the emotional tone of a person
  • To inspire creativity
  • To inspire action or commencement (outside of art)
  • To inspire others to renew or initialize any artistic tendencies
  • To make someone reflect
  • To inspire a positive change
  • To create any of the above; action, creativity, inspiration, etc. through the purely aesthetic element in any given piece of art

As applicable to the person I am photographing:

  • To dispel any fear of being in front of a camera
  • To give them assurance
  • To give them an experience
  • To show them that everyone can radiate their own unique "print"
  • To give them knowledge on posing
  • To give them confidence of their self-image
  • To give them my undivided attention
  • To fulfill their dream or fantasy of being photographed in a particular way
  • To give someone a final image or images they can further use to better or enable themselves or their business.
  • To give someone an image or images they can look back on later in life, that will make them feel good or happy.

As applicable to my internal thoughts and feeling:

  • The satisfaction of having done any of the above for someone.
  • To communicate a message
  • To fulfill an artistic vision
  • To fulfill an artistic desire
  • To challenge myself photographically and creatively

 

Lastly, I depend and rely on other people, including YOU to help me whether it be through your art, music, your words, your attention, your comfort, camaraderie, association, inclusion, your conduct, your persistence, your character or your unique spiritual print that you leave on the world. Without someone to view my photography, it has no meaning, point or purpose. Without you to inspire me, I am as unmoved as a tree or stone. We have a mutual relationship.

These are my internal thoughts on the matter. Do you have anything to add?


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