A few days ago I participated in Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s annual portfolio review. I can’t fully explain how impactful an experience it was. To be one of fifty photographers from all over the country chosen to participate was an honor. I learned from and was inspired by those photographers, and received unparalleled advice from experts in the field – professors and gallery owners, curators and renowned magazine editors and the like. The experience exceeded my expectations. The professional insights were invaluable and will help me improve my approach to my work. Someone told me that it was extremely ballsy to put my work out there for that kind of scrutiny. It didn’t feel ballsy. It felt scary and exhilarating all at once. It felt good to receive some validation that this new path, one that is far removed from Business School and the machinations of the corporate world, is the right path for me. I AM a photographer.
How do you define art, and what makes an artist truly an artist? Does desire to be an artist count? Appreciation of one art form or the other? Does one have to create art to be considered an artist? And if the only one who considers your creation to be art – are you an artist then?
What do you think?