Maybe you should have become an artist

Midnight sunset by a glacier lagoon in Skaftafell national park

Midnight sunset by a glacier lagoon in Skaftafell national park

Photography is a crule art form and there is no room for maybe I should have in it. It is about what was there when you pressed the shutter. How things where set up or composed. Not only what was there in front of the lense but also what was going on up there. Up there in your mind at that perticular time because at the time of its birth ,photography is far from fully matured. Neither is a painting if you buy some canvas. What is to follow, based on what intention you had in mind, is what brakes or makes an artwork.

Being a highly technical skill, there maby is no wonder that some people start to get into the cult of not working on their image, or go with the flow of lomography were anything coming out from the developer is to be praised. Well I do not know about you, but my local polititian (who happens to be my sister) does not even make it to the point where every thing that comes out of here mouth could be praised nor does the nearest priest. Neither does any camera that has been conected to a motordrive and swung around in the air while snapping away. Neither do I in my work. I feel even in the simplest of landscapes that there has to be a bit more behind it to work. There has to be a felling. Strive of handcraft maby, and a vision.

This is why there is no room for ”maybe” in photography. You have to learn the technique and master it, because tiniest movement on your behalf, can change it how things look as much as the slitest move of a cloud on the sky. If the cloud moved and you know how to put it back where you like it then that is what you should do. There is no excuse in throwing away a half finished work just because some puritanians can not be botherd to master the craft and get a full understanding of what it is about and realize that there is no maybe I should have…Either you CREADED something or not and gave it your fullest of attention to the end.

Wether it is then a piece of art or not is for others to judge. You on the other hand can be proud of what you did, because you gave it your best at that time.

Kristjan Logason is an Icelandic photographer based in Norway at the moment, where he mainly works in fine art and commercial fine art photography.Kristjan owns and runs The art of Icelandic photography.You can contact Krissby phone: +47.916.62749