Last week I asked: “What’s Wrong With This Picture?”
Many of you guessed that I was up to something because I never list specifications and I never ask others about my work (it’s a Vision thing).
So what was the real point of the post? It was that the listing of technical specifications detracts from an image. They’re not just superfluous, but they actually detract from the viewing experience.
Listing specifications draws attention away from the only thing that matters (the image) and it furthers the folly that with the right equipment and processes…anyone could create this image.
- If only I had a full-frame camera…
- If only I had white lenses…
- If only I had a tablet with 2048 levels of sensitivity…
- If only I had an 8-core processor…
- If only…
- If only..
- If only…
I loved what Stephen said in his comment: “An artist doesn’t praise or blame their tools, what only matters is their final work.”
There were other comments that brought up some important points that I’d like to reinforce:
1. Equipment and processes do not an image make. If I had to choose between the best equipment in the world but without my Vision…or a Kodak Brownie with my Vision…I’ll take the Brownie.
2. Never learn the rules of photography. But if you already know them, try to forget them and vow to never consider them when creating an image. Rules are an inadequate substitute for Vision.
3. Create for yourself. When you create an image you should only care what you think of it and not be concerned what others think. The best success is when you create an image that you truly love.
4. There is no right/wrong or good/bad when it comes to art. There is only what you like and don’t like. Please don’t be fooled into thinking that if more people like an image, that it’s a better image. The only thing it means is that more people like the image.
5. Never ask others about your images. Don’t you know what you want? Haven’t you discovered your own Vision? If not, then listening to another’s opinion will not help you find it, but will actually harm the process.
6. Don’t give other people advice about their images, even if they ask. Why not? Because it’s their image and what you think or would do with it is unimportant! (sorry to be so blunt)
When people ask me what I would do with their image, I say: It doesn’t matter what I would do, what is your Vision for it? If I kept telling you what I would do and you kept following my advice, it wouldn’t take long before your images would start to look like mine! (which is not a good thing)
7. The creator gets the final word. When I showed this image to my wife, the first thing she said was: “I like it but you should get rid of some of that rock wall.”
My response was: “No, this is how I see it.”
And unlike most things in marriage, I get the final word when it comes to my images!
While the original point I wanted to make with this blog post was that the listing of specifications is not a good idea, I think the more interesting discussion has been centered around Vision. And as you might have noticed, I am fixated on Vision.
Why? Because finding your Vision changes everything. It gives you the confidence to create what you want without the need for validation or the fear of criticism.
Vision changes the image and it changes the image maker.