In Honor of
George Tice & Horace
Here is the bottom line from Scape Martinez
“Never give up! Don’t listen to the haters. Don’t try to be an artist unless you can work and live in isolation, without any thanks….bleak, but needed until you get to the much lauded place.”
While good advice, the reality is 99.9% artists will never get to the much lauded place…still we keep working. If you need someone to hold your hand while you do your art, you will probably never amount to much. Art and the rejection associated with art is soul crushing…still we keep working.
With respects to photography…there are 2 billion cell phone cams roaming the earth…still we keep working. But none of this matters. If freezing time is in your blood, being a do-gooder, trying to change the world or making $ does not matter. If your dedicated to your art, you must produce and keep producing, whether you have an outlet or not to make $…or even have any practical use for your output.
We can’t do good work if we are working for ‘likes and thumbs up.’ I mean, are you working for them or for you? If we are not being paid, we need to be working for ourselves to express what WE want to.
I’ve been on forums where likes are given out as one would hand out a million dollars. But just because no one likes my post after 4oo viewings, that doesn’t mean anything to me. I don’t do my work for others, I do it for me.
Art is the way many of us make sense of our world. A wordsmith sifts it all through their brain and writes a book or article, a musician composes a song, a poet pens a poem, an artist sketches a drawing or does a painting, a photog shoots a pix, a sculptor forms a statue, a choreographer creates a dance. We each express what is in us and make sense of our world through our art.
Irrespective of recognition, fame and riches, dedicated photogs all have one thing in common…we know time. Time is our life blood and as long as we can keep pressing the button and freeze time, we feel the better for it.