The Artist’s Job
The artist’s job is to get the audience to care about your obsessions.
Ese has challenged us this week to lay bare our obsessions, and Michelle W has asked us which of our posts made us most nervous to publish, and how we felt after setting it free.
It’s a poorly-kept secret that I’m obsessed with great blue herons.
More than 100,000 photos and nearly a decade after I first started capturing them with a camera, I started publishing them on the Internet, here at WordPress. Some of them had been displayed at Audubon here, some in corporate settings, some in private collections, some in print, but none on the web until I started this blog in late Spring.
Hitting publish on my first post was painful (If you missed it, please click here.)
Publishing my first post with a photo was excruciating. (Please click here if you missed that one.)
I’m still anxious with each and every photo posted. Nobody wants their art misappropriated, affiliated with someone else’s agenda. Musicians whose tunes have been misused by a political party NOT of their choosing come to mind – that happens with every election year.
I think all artists want to share their obsessions, and their favorite models, with others.
Perhaps it’s not a “want” so much as a “need” for some of us? What drives you to risk your art on the Internet? Fellow photographers, artists, poets, writers care to weigh in via comments?
Thanks to Michelle W. for the Daily Prompt: Free.
Thanks also to Ese for her Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Obsession prompt.
Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.
(This photo was taken September 9, 2012)
© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)
Posted on October 20, 2013, in ardea herodias, Art, Bird photography, Birds, daily prompt, Ese's Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge, Great Blue Heron, Nature Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged ardea herodias, great blue heron, postaday. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.