“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.”
Vision of Your Art
In this part 2 of my series called “finding art in nature” I am going to cover a few important aspects that will help you to discover your art in photography. But before looking into it, I would like to briefly explain why personal vision plays a major role in shaping the photographic style that you intended to create.
Your vision, consisted of the way how you imagine the scene, compose and seeing things the way you wanted it to be. This is about your personal taste and each one of us has a different way of seeing things. We may be shooting at a same location and at the same time, however we can be attracted to different subject and interpreting them according to our own imagination. Hence, this makes us uniquely different from one another. This is good and how it supposedly to be. Otherwise, the world would have been a boring place to live in.
With the understanding that we are different, this would greatly influence the way we perceive and arrange the composition of each photograph.
Art With a Meaning
I find that creating a meaningful photograph is more important than creating a beautiful photograph. When a photograph is meaningful, it is capable of conveying a message, idea, story and having a compelling reason of why you create that particular image. It is therefore, created intentionally by the photographer with a purpose behind every scene. And so, this brings value into the photographer’s work. As compared to creating beautiful photograph, anyone could do that as long as he or she has a good camera and technical knowledge. As long as the location is breathtaking, beautiful photos can easily be attained in minutes. In order for your photograph to be distinctive from others, you will need to aim at creating meaningful images and not just beautiful images. It is not just about how beautiful a photograph can be. But there’s a concept behinds it!
In order to create these types of artwork, this is not something that you can learn in a classroom or through textbook. They may guide you and direct you in this direction, but might not able to directly show you how. As far and I know, most of these materials teaches you on technical aspect of how to use your camera and gear but not your personal vision. To develop this skill, one would have to go through trials and errors with lots of practice. Also this process can takes you years and even a lifetime to mature. It is always a willful choice and determination to do it. Having a new set of eyes and perspective to visualize your subject.
When I was creating the photograph above which was taken in Cefn Lea Park, Wales UK, it was foremost a challenging task. This is due to the reason that the location where I am at was surrounded by huge and thick woodland. Going through this particular passage was crowded of trees and branches hanging all over the place. But it was a pleasant and shady environment to be. In the process of finding and composing the scene, I’ve noticed this particular view with series of trees that draws my attention onto these unique patterns of the branches along the wood. They seem to be in a rhythm and in symphony. Posing with an interesting posture. Which reminds me of dancers who dance according to the tempo of the music. With that, I was inspired to capture and frame this particular view to show the drama of the posture in which I ultimately named this photograph as “The Dancing Forest”.
Continue to part 3 of this series…About: Paul Chong is a landscape fine art photographer base in Shanghai, China. He is dedicated to capture the beauty of nature scenery in which he also creates colorful fine art photograph for sale in various format and sizes, featuring museum archival quality fine print. Some of his work can be seen published in magazine, website, event brochure and flyer. He owned a collection of magnificent artwork which can be seen by visiting his online gallery at www.paulchong.photoshelter.com