Learning is a lifetime endeavor. At least that is what I figured out years ago and the other day I really learned something that is very important to me and that is how to describe my artwork… And that is Impressionistic photography.
A couple of days ago, I found a term that describes my work well… Impressionism… And this quote by Matisse pretty much wraps it up for me. The term has been around for some time and I discovered it on a blog that I found just the other day. Art Lark.org — An Alternative Cultural Daybook explores many topics with an ease that I normally do not find amongst art educators or critics. The work that the authors have put into this blog is amazing.
So briefly, how does the term fit my work?
For those that have followed my work and my writings you have seen I love to play with the images I take, primarily to show the world in other ways rather stark reality and we all know reality is fleeting. My reality is not yours. Yours is not mine. The fact is your and my reality is a function of our life experiences and physiology. Impressionism has been just that… In its simplest term, it is one’s own impression of the world. It is the artist’s reality, that is being shared with the world.
So thank you, Art Lark for teaching me something new this week and Matisse for sharing a thought that I will live with for some time.
“I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” ~ Carl Sandburg (source)
I find it interesting how we investigate the ancient past and stand in wonder and stare up at the columns and arches of Rome, marvel at the walls of Knossos, gape at the pages of Gutenberg’s Bible, but never see nor appreciate the toil of men of the near past, the appreciation for the Everyman. We look for the new stimulus of the newest sensation. It is hard for us to celebrate the Everyman… Until we can really see, we will be contributor’s of unfair wages, under appreciated workers, and members of the throw away society.
It only takes a very short study of my images to understand what they are about; the appreciation of those that travelled before us and the celebration of the mystery of our presence. In short, a study of people moving, travelling, living knowing only they were on their way. Hoping and praying for the best that could be achieved and understanding fate may intervene.