This is just a peek into what I'm doing at school as my final assignment for this semester in advanced photography. In the near future you'll get to see more in the form of a fairy calendar which is something I've wanted to do for such a long time. The picture is of my favourite fairy, my daughter who is the April fairy. For me the April fairy is a healing fairy. I've already said too much about it so just keep your eyes open.
During our photography history classes I've heard quote after quote from some of the most famous photographers in history yet its just 2 quotes by one photographer that have really stuck with me.
"My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph." ~Richard Avedon
"And if a day goes by without me doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of being a photographer made my life possible." ~Richard Avedon 1970
For me its not just photography its being creative and its all about self expression. As much as I'm showing a photograph of someone else its me that sees it and how I see it and where I find the beauty. We can find the beauty in the crook of a neck or a shadow on a face. Lately I am very busy and within the next 4 weeks I have a boat load of things to finish before the semester ends so its crazy that I have the urge to blog but I do. Sometimes I wish I had more time to blog. I'd love to write so much more about photography, about my life. I think its because I've spent the last 3 years stifling my voice and the last few months have found me in a place where I just can't stifle it anymore. When you are stifling yourself, keeping your voice quiet; you are in fact stopping people from seeing who you are and for an artist that is almost like a slow cruel death. Sitting in a creative writing class, working with classmates on group assignments, taking and editing pictures, being surrounded by people I've gotten to know and vice versa have all brought me to a place where I am very ready to talk and share and let out the voice that's been quieted for long enough. Reading a lot of short stories in my creative writing class have reminded me of one thing I think I've been afraid of for the last three years... I love to write! Another thing I realized when I saw that I had missed writing was that I do it well enough. Like drawing and painting, making crafts and creating I get something out of writing. The problem is this writing and creating is apparently getting in the way! According to my teacher for Entrepreneurship you need to pick ONE niche. One niche is all you should present to the rest of the world. Dammit, why didn't anyone tell me this when I was born?! Now I'm totally in a bind! It took me YEEEARS to pick one particular course when I took photography. Now that I am doing it I know I want to do more. Video, art, drawing, so much more...and now... I'm supposed to choose ONE? I don't think I can ever choose one! Whatever I do I know this much, I give it my whole heart.