I am currently taking a Portraiture class and the first assignment is to find my photographic style and then write my artistic statement.After spending the majority of the week flipping through magazines and scouring the internet for photos that move me I have decided it is time for me to figure out what I want be as a photographer.
The first step is to discover my purpose or in other words what do I want from my photography? This is a good question, what do I want?
I want my photography to be a documentation of life right now, I want to capture the good and bad moments of life in a way that sparks emotion and allows the viewer to feel the emotion from the photo just by looking at it.
Who do I want to view my photography?
Everyone! I want my photos to be on the walls of my clients home. I want them in scrapbooks. I want them being shared with friends and family members. I don’t want my images to remain on a cd, lost in the cluttered mess of most peoples computer hard drives. I want my own family photos to be in memory books and on the walls of our homes.
Based on those two questions so far I would say my artistic statement at this point is this:
As an artist I want to capture life right now. I want to capture the love between family, the silliness of children, the joys of becoming new parents or young love. I want to capture the mundane and make it beautiful, I want to capture the beautiful and make it incredible.
Next: what is my style? photojournalism? Traditional? Editorial/Illustrative?
I would say that I am definitely more of an Editorial/Illustrative photographer. I love candid poses and the emotions they can evoke, but I also strongly believe in a properly posed candid photo. I love to set up the scene and then let people be themselves within that setting.
What visually attracts my eye?
Going through my collection of photos that move me I have the following:
Color: Based on what I collected I have a larger collection of bright bold photos, however, Next comes black and white, and then a small few of off colored or muted colors.
Focus: I am in love with a selective focus! I think a picture where the main subject is perfectly and the rest of the photo is slightly out of focus is my all time favorite photo. Now that I understand aperture and depth of field I love that I can create images like this!
I love images with a center focus and a lot of empty or minimal space in my photographs.
So my final artistic statement is this:
As an artist I want to capture life right now. I want to capture the love between family, the silliness of children, the joys of becoming new parents or young love. Whether it is in a studio or out in nature I want to capture life and make it beautiful and memorable. I want my photos to take the viewers breath away.
I love photos with bright saturated colors, but also love the power of a well done black and white. I find photos with a selective focus the most beautiful to look at and love the look of a simple but beautiful background.