Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A New Direction

I follow the blog, A Lesser Photographer by CJ Chilvers, and I am often intrigued by his stance on topics related to photography and art.

In his recent post, CJ makes a compelling argument for having a direction rather than setting goals.

A direction answers the why. It’s a stream that flows around obstructions. It fosters habits and process over products and outcomes.

If you foster your photography habit daily, over years you’ll build a body of work that can define a life in art. This is direction. This is more important than any project or goal could be.

As artists, we should recognize the lack of goals as one of the most important tools we have and, perhaps, our greatest advantage over professionals.


I find this advice to be tremendously freeing. I am headed in the right direction  . . .  OPEN.


10 comments:

  1. You always find the most interesting things, and I always appreciate you sharing them. I think a lot of it depends on your personality. I NEED a project, something that motivates me to get out there and shoot. I am kind of done with goals, but I do need a start and end date, keeps me committed. I think by having a project I gain direction.

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  2. Great message here Donna, and love the image you put with it. Now that is direction with meaning. Love The Any Griffin show that is on in the background. At least I think that is what is on. I do agree with Sarah, each is different and I am the opposite of her. I much prefer doing things without an agenda and coming up with ideas on my own. Each is different and that is what makes this world an interesting place.

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  3. fantastic insight...glorious photo...together makes a moment of joy in my morning routine!

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  4. Good food for thought! I tend to be more creative when I have some type of project going. It keeps me inspired. But, I'm not rigid with it nor to I set goals or dates for finishing. I just enjoy it at my own pace.

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  5. Your picture today Donna is one of a great photographer and worth being part of an exhibition, you've so perfectly put in image and summerize the way you think and feel your photographic art.
    Open... you're open and ready to new experiments and visions in photography... you're showing us different directions in a most altruistic attitude... at least you never let us indifferent... I'm grateful for the road you pave in front of me with the blogs or the books you quote regularly and the talent you have to synthetize all this stuff for us... you're always a step ahead of people like me and this is what I admire in you... you think in photographical terms, photography is part of your inmost mind, heart and life... thank you for this open post...

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  6. Your photos have always been wonderful - lovely to look at, technically on... but over the past few months I have seen the shift. Hard to put a finger on it..... is it the story telling? Loving this new path.

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  7. You've captured the perfect image, Donna, right down to what they're showing on the TV, lol! I've never been one to set goals, but I definitely have a Purpose. Careful alignment to that Purpose, keeps me heading in the right direction! In just the short time I've known you, I've watched you blossom into a true artist. I so admire the way you take a lesson or thought and make it uniquely yours. Blessings, my friend.

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  8. A great message, very good food for thought! Thank you for sharing, Donna. :)

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  9. Donna, I've never been one to set a goal, not even when I worked. A natural instinct is for me to move along as I am inspired so maybe that is a good thing, and yes it is very freeing. Love the shot of the laundramat...in black and white. June has described perfectly how I see you too. Have a wonderful weekend dear friend!

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  10. I had read that same posting as I've followed CJ for a long time now, and what really rang true in his posting was..."If you foster your photography habit daily, over years you’ll build a body a work that can define a life in art. This is direction. This is more important than any project or goal could be." I think that statement is brilliant! So wonderful to see that it resonated with you too! So here's to a daily habit...being open...and moving in the right direction!! Love, love, love that image!

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