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What makes an artist?

by XanthusKidd (writer), A State of Superposition, February 03, 2013

Credit: My Dad
That's me, circa 2004: the nerdy kid with long white socks, shorts, and at all times a camera.

Is an artist one who strives to create art, or is the art an outflow of a desire to express oneself? Can an artist

It's time to get philosophical.You know, all thoughtful and stuff.I've been wondering, am I an artist? Is art something one can express without an innate desire to call it art? I really have very little interest in conventional art. I find some paintings interesting, and I enjoy beauty in any form, but I have never appreciated any piece merely because it is art, or have I?

I immensely enjoy photography. I have since I was quite young. My dad taught me how to use film SLR systems sometime around the age of 10, maybe younger; I don't recall precisely. Since then, I have been obsessed with cameras and their products. I was subscribed to the Popular Photography magazine for several years, and I have always loved reading through Nat Geo and every other nature magazine I can get my hands on.

When digital photography started getting big, I was right there watching it. At first, I held the common view that digital photography is cool, but not a pro-level thing (after, it takes a minimum of a somewhere around a 12 MP photo before digital starts competing with film, and who had ever head of that)? We got a cheap digital camera before our family took a trip to Israel in 2004. That was neat because we could see the photos as soon as we took them! However, the quality was far from good (if I remember correctly, it was ~3MP). My dad shot slide film, and I carried a Minolta x-700 with regular film. Unfortunatly, my film camera had a light leak that we didn't discover until we got back to the states, but I loved using that camera! After that trip, I played with film somewhat, but no more than backyard bird photography and a bit of nature photography in the mountains; nothing specific worth mentioning here.

Then we got a decent digital camera, not an SLR, but 6MP and a fair amount of image control. I had fun with that camera, and I even started playing with HDR imaging with it. FInally, my dad got a good digital SLR -- a Canon t1i. I had a lot of fun with that camera, and it really made me realize the capabilities of an SLR system! However, it was my dad's camera, and I was going to school in Texas, while my parents lived in North Carolina. It was eventually stolen while we were on a bike ride in Virginia, anyway. /endthatrant

Last month, I purchased my own digital SLR. It's a camera I've wanted for quite a long time, almost since its release back in 2011. I've since had a lot of fun with it, and I even started my own photography blog, but my interest in photography is primarily technological. I can quote to you most of my camera's technical specs, as well as most of the Canon, Nikon, and Sony camera lines and their relative specs. So, here's the question. Is my obession with the technology, which has lead to a creation of what some consider art, the motivation of an artist?

Just some thoughts.

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By melanie jean juneau on February 03, 2013 at 07:53 pm

An artist can be either or both. I am artistic but st

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By melanie jean juneau on February 03, 2013 at 07:56 pm

hey,, I just got started and it published...yes, obsession is to be so involved with creating and letting creativity flow through you, that you loose yourself.. and it can be ANYTHING from cooking, sculpting, gardening, home decour to cameras good for you- you are following your heart

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By Shane Joseph on February 04, 2013 at 07:14 am

art is when you inject personality into pictorial

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By Credo on August 23, 2013 at 01:27 am

Obsession takes on all forms of artistic value, each in its own special right, and each creative aspect is very much needed. If you are obsessed with the technological aspects of your artistry, then you sir are an artist.

great post


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