Being in the arts since winning my first “talent contest” at the age
of 12 as a harmonica player, (believe it or not, I think I still have
the plaque somewhere!), the struggle has always been to set ones self
apart from the crowd by having a unique creative voice. Musician’s,
writers, painters, actors, dancers, photographers, etal, all have the
same dilemma. Only a few true originals come to mind: Miles Davis ( I
can tell if it’s Miles in about one note), Picasso, Mozart, Bill Evans,
there’s more. Photography-wise, there are many great photographers out
there producing mind blowing work, but very few are true originals. Ansel Adams, Galen Rowell, Freeman Patterson, David Muench, Pat O’Hara, and JP Caponigro
are in the “true original” realm. The work of the great many of us can
be traced to being derivative, from one of the aforementioned
photographers (or someone of their ilk).
Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being derivative, and
there is always room to grow and eventually evolve into one’s unique
voice. It’s actually a good practice to imitate artists’ styes on the
way to finding one’s own voice, but not a good idea to continue
imitating if you want to break away.
Developing the confidence to let go of the past and move into your own way of doing things is not unlike falling off of a cliff. to read more...
Just a reminder that the Early-Bird discount for the 2013 APAC Photo Seminar ends on Aug 31. The price goes up $5 Sept 1. It's not a huge increase, but we'd rather you have the $5 extra for your next gear purchase or photo outing.
Also, if you're not receiving APAC's Seminar Newsletter, go here to get on our e-mailing list. The Newsletter keeps you up to date on with Seminar info, and also includes some other great info for photographers.
Here's a pretty good deal; an e-book called "Ten Ways to Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear" by David Duchemin. Free!! The site has a limit of 1,000 free downloads a day, so if it doesn't work try again tomorrow. Enjoy!
When we see old photos in black and white, we sometimes forget that life
back then was experienced in the same vibrant colours that surround us
today. This gallery of talented artists helps us remember that :)
The schedule for the 36th Annual APAC Seminar has been posted on the seminar website! Check it out, as well as bios and topics for the speakers. Just follow the tabs for everything you need to know about Oct 26. You can also register online.