Chapter Two: Art
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines art as follows:
-something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings
-works created by artists : paintings, sculptures, etc., that are created to be beautiful or to express important ideas or feelings
-the methods and skills used for painting, sculpting, drawing, etc.
Art is an extremely personal experience. Few people feel the same way toward a specific piece of art. I remember going to the MOMA when I was younger and seeing an exhibit that will forever bother me. It was a carousel of dead animals essentially hanging from the ropes. The animals weren't real but they were so realistic. I remember I cried and thought what terrible person could create such an awful thing and call it art. I was too young to think of the symbolism behind the piece. Today I wish I knew who made it and I wish I could see it again to appreciate it from a different point of view. You see, your outlook on art changes I think and a successful artist makes you think. Years later, here I am still envisioning that carousel. It was so new to me then and so shocking. Now you see urine in sealed containers and it is art. We see performance artists sleep in a window for 24 hours and it is art. I studied art and art history in college and have a vast appreciation of all forms of creativity. I have never thought I could create a Jackson Pollock or a Rothko painting because I am not them and they did it first. They saw an opportunity and they took a leap of faith. And wow-thank God they did.
All my images are shot with my iPhone-every single last one of them. I love the images I create with my phone and the incredible app Afterlight. I have a few serious cameras yet I always come back to the one I love and the one that I feel creates the story I want to tell, and that is my phone. It creates a more painterly image and I so appreciate that. I recently read an article about Ben Lowy and his seriously impressive iPhone photo skills. They are so impressive his image made the cover of Time magazine. "Everyone has a pen," says Lowy, "but not everyone can draw."
I encourage everyone to find what they love and do best and do it. Stop being afraid-just do it. I have always been a little different than my friends and peers and I love that. I see things in a different light and from my view, it's pretty darn awesome.