Photography is Art, Art comes from the Heart! Part 1

Hope you enjoy my “ramblings” and the slide show I put together at the end.  Leave a comment and tell me what you think!  I always value your feedback and thoughts! 

Art comes from the Heart!  I first heard this from a great friend of mine.  Her name is Stephanie or “Stubby” as those of us that have the privledge of knowing her call her.  All things happen for a reason and I met Stubby through a mutual friend and have been inspired by her ever since.  She says I inspire her also, I hope I do so as to pay back the inspiration she gives me.  More on Subby in a coming post!  🙂  Subscribe to our Blog and you won’t miss it or part 2 of this series!

Photography, what do you think of when you hear the word?  Getting a portrait made is so much more then taking a snap shot, or going to a chain studio and being rushed through.  Photography is Art or it should be anyway.  A craft studied and perfected over years of dedication, passion and practice.  It’s understanding light and how to record the light, how to manipulate it.  More important, a great photograph should move you, it should speak to you, … composition,  light, subject all come together for that one special moment.  

Not the moment before, not the moment after, but that one special moment, that defining moment, an heirloom caught in time to be cherished for generations to come.  And like any art, that Art should come from the heart!  All great art originated from the artists heart, All great art touches the heart of the viewer!  

A great fine art photographer, friend, and mentor,  Judith Farber once said…”A great photograph should keep your attention for at least 5 seconds.  Judith once studied under Ansel Adams and Yousuf Kirsch at the same time!

Think about this for a moment, think about some of the great photographs of history that you will always see in your minds eye.  The image of that little girl in Vietnam fleeing her village after a Napalm bombing.  The image of the fireman holding that still baby at Oklahoma City.  How about that famous image from WWII the taking of Iwa Jima, the soldiers planting the flag.  Or the one of the sailor kissing that girl in the street on D day.  How about the image of Winston Churchill when the photographer, Yousuf Karsh took his cigar away, a classic image.    How about the candid images produced by Henry Cartier Bresson all of which are defining moments in time. 

The technical perfection in the work of Ansel Adam’s, his knowledge of light and composition, the many many images of his that are all masterpieces, he spent many hours in a darkroom perfecting them not to mention his patience in studying the scene at hand to capture the image the best he could IN the camera, watching how the light would unfold over the scene, and capturing that scene at the perfect moment. Dedication and passion produced so many fine images, capturing those moments forever! 

Yes there are thousands of images out there that strike an emotion and speak to us, but the one thing in common, other then being in the right place at the right time, the image, the art, came from their heart!   All these images capture our hearts and imagination as viewers for at least 5 seconds, we find we can’t take our eyes off them, something about them keeps our atttention.  That emotion, that “heart” that was put into them by the artist. 

You won’t get these types of images by just going out and buying a DSLR, and calling yourself a photographer.  It takes years of experience to anticipate the moment, to capture it the way it unfolds.  It takes knowledge of light and how to manipulate it for the best possible results.  You have to be able to anticipate that moment, know when to snap the shutter….then you must be able to “see” the entire scene for the best possible composition of that moment.   And it all happens in a fraction of a second!

More abour “Art comes from the Heart” to come soon!  Subscribe to our blog and you won’t miss a post!

Enjoy the slide show, it’s about 4 min in length. 

As always, hope you are having a great day!
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About Carl Bromberg

I've been in business since 1994 and full time since the start of 2005. Photography is my passion, my reason for getting up in the morning, it keeps me going through the hard times, it enhances my life through the good times.
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3 Responses to Photography is Art, Art comes from the Heart! Part 1

  1. Pingback: Art Comes from the HeART Part 2 « Carl's Blog – Visions Photography – 319-286-8483 – Cedar Rapids / Iowa City

  2. Ingrid says:

    What you have written is so very true Carl. I write poetry, and it is also very true of that too. If it does not come from the heart and soul, it does not carry through to other people. Thank you for sharing. Ingrid

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