I think it was the great photographer Ansel Adams who said:
“The way to Art is through Craft, not around it.”
All artists are continually practising and refining their craft, trying new techniques and discarding old ones that no longer serve. However, Craft is not merely technical: Ideas are as if not more important, for Craft stands upon the shoulders of Ideas. The artist has something to say and looks for the most effective way of saying it.
Every art student, as part of their study, must learn the process of journaling, of researching ideas and making notes about progress to date. In writing things down ideas and explorations become concrete and available for reflection at a later date, rather than being subject to the vagaries of memory.
Each of us, if we persevere, will finally come to a place where tools and techniques are not enough if we are to speak with our voice and make work with is uniquely and authentically “us”. Then we set foot on the Great Plain of Ideas and begin to put our Self at the heart of our work.
This collection of writings is at times technical (for I want to share the gifts given to me), but mostly connected to ideas and thinking about why I photograph.
I hope they will be of some use to you.