What to do when its cold, wet and dismal outside???? Do something creative ?
I love putting images together for no other reason than a) it makes me happy b) it takes up a little time on a cold wet afternoon c) I love to see what emerges from a blank screen when I just mess about putting bits and pieces of images together
Yesterday I found myself standing in front of 100+ people who attended the Keighley Day organised by the Yorkshire Photographic Union and I had to ask myself a question “why on earth would all these people come out on a cold Saturday morning to sit and listen to me witter on for a whole day?” I was confused, overwhelmed and almost paralysed with self doubt.
I may have looked like I was full of confidence, but inside I was that young girl who, after been sent to a secondary modern school (that’s another story for later), was told by the teachers to aim low because that way I wouldn’t get disappointed when I didn’t amount to anything.
I sit at home quietly on my own and produce “pretty pictures”, I am totally self taught, I didn’t go to art school, I am not technically minded, I am not very articulate, I fight to use the right words and I am dyslexic ….. not a good base to start with when standing in front of all of those people.
So standing there gazing at all of those eager faces I thought “what am I going to tell you that you don’t already know – what I do isn’t special or unique, its pretty run of the mill stuff and you don’t need much technical expertise to produce pictures like mine” – should I run away now before I make a fool of myself?
But what I lack in education and technical expertise I make up with passion and a love of what I do and I hope that everyone who attended the presentation yesterday understood where I was coming from. I love to try and inspire others who want to do something a little more creative and I also try and get over the point that those people who choose to do creative pictures are also good photographers too – we just take a slightly different path. I get a bit fed up with people saying that people who do creative images can’t take a decent photo that’s why they “mess about with them”
On the drive home I was still consumed with doubts and I lost count of how many times I thanked people for coming to the presentation adding that I hope that I hadn’t bored them to death and thanks for not slipping away at lunch time.
I only do a few talks a year (my choice) and I honestly enjoy doing them…but I still fight with that young girl inside me who is whispering in my ear that I shouldn’t be there and that I should know my place.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those who attended, you were so kind to me and it was and is much appreciated.
This is the first composite I have put together for quite a while.
The model was from a shoot organised (and styled) by Karen Boyle hosted at the Saracen House Studios (Andrew Griffiths) a few years ago and the resulting picture has been hanging around for quite a while.
I also put together the background about 6 months ago but didn’t do anything with it… until tonight.
I had a sudden spurt of inspiration and the whole picture came together quite quickly.
I wish I was one of those artists/photographers who creates images full of emotion and hidden (or not so) meanings but… as much as I try, it’s just not me.
All I do is create “pretty pictures” as they say “to thine own self be true” 🙂
Over the last 10 years I have been bound by the constraints of national and international competition rules. But now, as I feel that I am about to break free from those restraining boundaries, I feel that I am throwing open the doors to a whole new world. Anything goes – I can be as creative and artistic as my imagination will allow.
Over the last couple of years I have had work published Internationally and have had my art (yes, I do consider digital art to be art) hung in exhibitions and have been fortunate enough to have sold the images that were on show.
So what next? From here on in I will be posting my new work (and tutorials on how they were constructed) via this website Joan Blease Photography or via my Instagram site listed as joanblease3 so if you haven’t already signed up to follow my blog etc please log onto those sites and click onto the FOLLOW button- that way you will be able to see my latest creations as they are (and how they are) ….. created !!
I won’t be uploading all of my new creations on Facebook anymore, but if you have enjoyed seeing what I have produced over the years please follow me on the other two sites.
I need to create – its in my DNA of that I am sure.
I enjoy photography – but as far as I am concerned it’s a means to an end.
Over the centuries artists have used whatever was available to them… sticks to scratch pictures onto cave walls, powdered earth to add colour and eventually they mixed the pigments with oils to make more permanent paints.
As more advance paper production came into being artists were able, via their brush stroke skills, to produced beautifully luminescent watercolours.
And then (thank goodness) photography came along and some artists found themselves in the darkroom producing first mono prints and then more latterly colour.
I, as a woman of this digital age, embrace everything I can to produce pictures with a painterly feel – I am using as much of the current technology as I can to aid my creative endeavours.
This picture – which started out as a photograph, is now a more painterly version of its former self.
Do photographic purists dislike it with a passion…. probably, but who cares I for one am embracing the 21st Century.