“Whatever you’re trying to look at with your camera, you want to be prepared for the possibility that the world offers something up to you that you couldn’t have foreseen — even (and especially) if what you encounter challenges you to the core. That, and I would argue: only that, is what defines an artist.”Jörg M. Colberg
Reading sometimes leads one to a thought and from that thought to an idea, this quote above is from a book review by Jörg M. Colberg writing about book by Ken Light called Course of the Empire.
And it reinforces the idea that I have always had that a photographer should go out into the world and photograph what they are looking at. The quality of their seeing is vital, if they want to make new work. I have been I admit, stuck for a long time now with a few personal circumstances, that have left me stuck indoors and unmotivated to go out and make new work. I have read a lot of about the Neo-liberal condition of current capitalism and it has I must admit rendered me demotivated. However it is thoughts like the quote at the start of this piece that do make me want to go and make images and not worry if they are art or not. Just the making of the image should be enough to get one motivated and out in the world again.
My featured image today is from a recent trip to Sri Lanka, while on my first ever Safari.