Pressfield on Craft
“The professional respects his craft. He does not consider himself superior to it. He recognizes the contributions of those who have gone before him. He apprentices himself to them.
The professional dedicates himself to mastering technique not because he beleives techinque is a substitute for inspiration but because he wants to be in possession of the full arsenal of skills when insptiration does comes. The professional is sly. He knows that by toiling beside the front door of technique, he leaves room for genius to enter by the back.”
Another one from Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, to begin your week.
Shut Up and Work?
“A pro views her work as craft not art. Not because she believes art is devoid of mystical dimension. On the contrary. She understands that all creative endeavor is holy, but she doesn’t dwell on it. She knows if she thinks about that too much it will paralyze her. So she concentrates on technique. The [...]
For The Joy Of It
Near the beginning of my photographic journey I was given two books – both of them by Freeman Patterson. The first I have recommended several times here, Photography and the Art of Seeing, the second is Photography For the Joy of It. Re-reading them now I suspect they are at the very centre of who [...]
Pointing Clearly and Powerfully.
I’m giving you another well-deserved break from my rants – not all of which, it seems, have been appreciated by others. I was accused, of all things, this week, of exhibiting sour grapes towards the very people for whom I freely labour by writing this blog. My rant about gear being paramount to vision rubbed [...]
Friday's Resource Roundup
It is time again for another hodgepodge of resource, gathered from the far reaches of the cyber galaxy. First, in the interest of keeping as many photographers from bankruptcy and therefore living the dream as long as possible – check out Freelance Switch’s article 10 Items You Absolutely Need For Financial Security. On the same [...]