My Creation Process
I have been creating things for as long as I can remember, ever since I was a little child. My parents used to buy me easels and paint, and I would spend hours making things. I was always so proud. It was a very great way to grow up and I am so grateful for everything I was given as an artist. Over the 22 years of living, at time of writing this, I have refined that creative process more and more. When you have been creating all your life, you learn to refine your process and make it grand.
The Alchemist that Lurks Inside
Okay, maybe that sounds like a the title of the next Harry Potter book, but bear with me. There’s a certain alchemy to art, and I firmly believe that as people we are all kind of like an alchemist. We take things and turn them into what we want to them be. That’s the beauty of being an artist and an alchemist together. We can take things that most people wouldn’t see and turn them into something beautiful. As a photographer, it means getting creative with light, thinking outside of the box, and making something that is more than just tones.
The Real Creation Process
It’s no easy task to create something beautiful, but playful. By playful, I mean playing on the emotions. When I create photographs it is almost like I am making history for those in my frame. To me, this idea is captivating. I love the thought of creating something that will document a person’s life. Portraits every year as we grow older, weddings of us and our love; they’re all just ways of creating the history of our lives. Granted, some people feel that we are too small to put that much thought into ourselves. I disagree, I think the life we are all given is something that is sacred.
There’s a lot of critical thought that goes into creating something that will preserve us, our story, and what we did while we graced this beautiful planet. It took me years to refine what I create, long hours everyday conceptualizing what’s next, and how I could tell a story through each photograph that I take.
1. Concepts and Building Ideas
Every great thing starts as a concept. The concept of living and the concept of humanity, all of these things fall into place in art. Art is the gateway in which we display these concepts, and the way preserve how these concepts change. When we take these general notions of life: love, happiness, gratefulness, success, and portray them in art we tell a story of that person, the era in which that person lived, and more.
Architecture, paintings, textiles, and hand-thrown pottery; these all have one thing in common: a story. My grandmother used to make these little cows out of old soda cans by spray painting them and adding fabrics. I can still remember them because they told her story to me. She was a woman who loved arts and crafts and was youthful at heart. My point is that, as humans, the things we make, like moments, all hold sentimental value. There are only two true ways to capture moments: photographs and videos. That’s the beauty in what I do, I create something so elemental and important to those having said moments. At the bare-bones level, I am creating a soda can cow (just as my grandmother did) except I am capturing peoples’ moments.
2. Transforming Ideas into Materials
Taking the concepts and ideas mentioned above, it takes a certain eye to make them into something worth keeping. Ever here a song on the radio and think about old times? You remember that summer when you and your best friend drove to nearest city and were just happy to be living? That’s when you know something is worth remembering and photographs, just as songs, hold time. When you view a photograph it’s somewhat of a gateway to the past. Old emotions surface, memories that you forgot about comeback, and you instantly relive that moment vicariously through the photograph.
But there’s a catch. What if I told you that the better the capture, the bigger the impact. The way a good song gets stuck in our heads is the same way a jaw dropping image makes us want to keep looking at it. That’s where the importance of a good eye comes in: a.k.a. me. Posing, lighting, choices of film, and experience all play a vital roll in what you see when you get your photographs back by me or another photographer.
3. The Result: Photographs that Speak
Ever seen a photograph that speaks for itself? It may convey an emotion, a piece of time (history), or a culture of the world. All of these things make a photograph “standalone.” When I am judging a photograph the key questions I ask myself are: “Can this photograph say something without text?” “What emotion does it show?” These are all key determinants in whether or not something stays or goes.
That’s it. Three simple steps on how I create as of 2018. I know it will probably change sometime, and that’s alright, but I like to keep things simple.