I was invited to join in something of an art-blog-chain-letter and it sounded fun, so here we are! Thanks to Hand Andy Pandy for inviting me! I’m very pleased to be able to call this very talented photographer and self portrait artist my friend. You can find him on his site, Twitter, Flickr and Google +. He’s nearing the end of a really wonderful, whimsical and humorous 365 project, which I would highly recommend you check out! I have great admiration for people who not only can start and finish a 365, but especially for people like Andy who do a high-concept piece each and every day! It’s draining for me to just think about; I have no idea how other people do it, but I admire it! You can see Andy’s blog hop post here!
The blog hop requires everyone to answer these four questions:
1. Why do I do what I do?
The short answer is because I can’t not create. It’s just a part of my soul. Days when I’m very ill or in too much pain to work are incredibly miserable for me, not so much because I feel physically bad, but because my ability to create is stifled. I’ve tried just about every visual artform there is and many non-visual ones (with varying degrees of success) but photography has been the best thing for me and resonated the most with me. It also helps that I can do much of my editing while laying down in bed with my laptop; that gives me a MUCH greater ability to work on images than if I had to sit in a chair at a desk.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I suppose the biggest way my work differs is that I’m drawing from my own experience and inspiration, which is inherently different than anyone else’s. Even if there’s another female, conceptual, fine art photographer and self portrait artist who has ME and really, really loves Peter S. Beagle and Robin McKinley, our work would still be different because of the forces which have shaped our souls. I also think being self-taught helps you develop a unique style since you’re always traveling on the path toward creating the vision you had in your head and have to figure things out as you go. There’s nothing wrong with formal education, and being self-taught can leave odd holes in your knowledge, but from my experience, it’s often helpful to artists maintaining their individuality.
3. How does my creative process work?
It depends somewhat on the image, but I’ll give you a couple examples. There’s always some kernel of inspiration which explodes into a concept; I’ll often make rough sketches or make notes about how I want it to look, what fabric/location to use, colors, mood, etc. Anything important that I’m afraid I’ll forget. If I need to build costumes, props or sets, I do so. I photograph my concept, and sometimes I stick exactly to my original vision while other times I discover as I’m creating that there are better ways to express whatever it is I’m wanting to express.
After the images have been shot, they move into my editing queue, where they could languish for anywhere from a few hours to many months. Once it’s that image’s turn to be edited, that can take anywhere from a few days to months. Then, after all that time, I finally declare the image done and release it onto the internet!
4. What am I working on now?
I’m always working on 50 different things at once, but I’ll give you the highlights. DreamWorld is constantly in some state of creation; I have a number of images to edit as well as pre-production tasks on my to-do list. What’s lined up next to edit are a few shots inspired by HBO’s True Detective, so I’ll be re-watching the series to soak up the flavor as I edit. Oh darn 🙂
Be sure and check out Robert Cornelius’s blog hop!
Also please see Angela Butler’s!
These very talented photographers are also putting blogs up today, and I’m happy to count them as friends as well as!
At this point, I’m supposed to link to the artists who will continue the blog hop next week, but for a variety of reasons, I wasn’t able to get in touch with all my artist friends and ask them. So, if you’re reading this and would like to carry it on next Monday, feel free to! Let me know and I’ll post a link to you 🙂