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Artistsculture
05-14-2014, 09:23 AM
Hey everyone, I'm somewhat new to the art world although I have been a commercial photographer for the last 2 decades.

I got into art over a news story and while I myself will probably never be a "true" artist, I am fascinated by what some can create.

I look forward to seeing the great works of the members here and learning more about the creative process.

DLeeG
05-14-2014, 09:50 AM
Welcome. You are one of the few who admits that he not an artist. On this site that is refreshing.

Artistsculture
05-14-2014, 05:43 PM
Welcome. You are one of the few who admits that he not an artist. On this site that is refreshing.

In some ways I wish that I was, but despite several artists trying to teach me, I'm stuck in seeing things commercially. That makes my job easier, but there is a part of me that wishes that I could come up with the things that artists create. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't give up the money that I make just to create art photos, but I sure wish that I could learn to it even if it were just for fun.

A little more about how I came to appreciate art.

In 2010 there was a guy living out here in the San Francisco area that stumbled across some film negatives at a yard sale. He believed that they were "lost" images from Ansel Adams. Many experts agreed also.

Months of arguing later, a lady living in Oakland saw the images on the news and recognized them. Turns out they were taken by her uncle Earl.

Instead of being worth millions they became basically worthless.

As a photographer that bugged me very much. How could someone who created such beautiful work that was confused with what is supposed to be the best photographer ever be dismissed so easily.

It seems that the best "marketers" get all the attention.

To me it should be about the art.

So my staff and I have been doing are best to change that (at least in a small part).

I'm so amazed at those who can take a blank canvas and create something beautiful on it, or take a piece of wood and sculpt it into something breathtaking.

AmabilisVesania
05-27-2014, 10:32 AM
In some ways I wish that I was, but despite several artists trying to teach me, I'm stuck in seeing things commercially. That makes my job easier, but there is a part of me that wishes that I could come up with the things that artists create. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't give up the money that I make just to create art photos, but I sure wish that I could learn to it even if it were just for fun.

A little more about how I came to appreciate art.

In 2010 there was a guy living out here in the San Francisco area that stumbled across some film negatives at a yard sale. He believed that they were "lost" images from Ansel Adams. Many experts agreed also.

Months of arguing later, a lady living in Oakland saw the images on the news and recognized them. Turns out they were taken by her uncle Earl.

Instead of being worth millions they became basically worthless.

As a photographer that bugged me very much. How could someone who created such beautiful work that was confused with what is supposed to be the best photographer ever be dismissed so easily.

It seems that the best "marketers" get all the attention.

To me it should be about the art.

So my staff and I have been doing are best to change that (at least in a small part).

I'm so amazed at those who can take a blank canvas and create something beautiful on it, or take a piece of wood and sculpt it into something breathtaking.

It is this mindset that lured me into the art world to begin with, even if I didn't quite understand it fully at the beginning. I truly hope you and your staff are very, very successful at changing views on this issue so that more people, who are young and easily fooled (Like me) are able to appreciate things the way you do.

corydulos
05-28-2014, 09:56 AM
Even if there is little conventional "art" involved in your commercial photography, without question it is a craft, and arts and crafts go hand in hand! Welcome Artistculture!

Artistsculture
05-30-2014, 10:31 AM
It is this mindset that lured me into the art world to begin with, even if I didn't quite understand it fully at the beginning. I truly hope you and your staff are very, very successful at changing views on this issue so that more people, who are young and easily fooled (Like me) are able to appreciate things the way you do.

Thanks, I am completely fascinated by artists and the way that their creativity works. I honestly don't "get" a lot of the art that I see, but I think that I am finally beginning to get a bit of the idea on the why. I still have a long way to go on this understanding.

I've met artists from many mediums and the fact that they take a blank canvas or a piece of clay and make something seriously blows me away. I realize that sounds kinds of silly, but everyone doesn't have that ability. I know that I don't.

Coming from the business side it's all about what sells and why it sells. From the little that I've learned in the past 15 months, for art it tends to be more about the idea and passion of the artist. It's a totally foreign concept to me and that makes me want to understand it more.