Imitate, Influence, Inspire: Lessons from ‘Art and Fear’

The Perceptive Photographer

Feb 19 2024 • 0 seconds

In episode 467 of the Perceptive Photographer podcast, we draw inspiration from the book "Art and Fear" by Ted Orland and Richard Bayless. Often in my artistic endeavors, I'm driven by a desire to produce remarkable pieces that resonate with both myself and my audience. But what's the path to achieving such a goal? Drawing from the teachings of "Art and Fear", I point out a fundamental lesson: the best I can do is make art I care about—lots of it. Because as I churn out my creations, only a handful will rise to the top as finished products of note. Learning Through Volume: The Continuous Journey of Art Creation Good work, as highlighted in today's discussion, is born from a surplus of efforts that may not initially hit the mark. I encourage myself to generate an abundance of work and gradually filter out the less impressive aspects. It's through this sifting process that I learn about my unique visions and inch closer to the art I aspire to create. Someone has to do the work, and it might as well be me. Reimagining Weaknesses as Strengths in Art Creating art can sometimes transport me to a peculiar place beyond satisfaction. It's during this struggle with my flaws and weaknesses that art truly takes form. By reframing these apparent shortcomings as strengths, I unlock new perspectives in my craft. The podcast reminds me that it isn't until the pain of not working exceeds the pain of working that I truly commit to my art form. In closing, I reflect on the long-lasting impact "Art and Fear" has had on my creative philosophy. The book's insights are not to be overlooked by anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the artistic experience. As I bid farewell for the week, I extend an invitation to embrace the book's wisdom and carry it with us on our creative journeys. Remember, keep creating, push through the struggles, and allow your artwork to be an honest exploration of your inner world. Until next time, keep nurturing your craft and perhaps join me for my upcoming free webinar on March 7, where editing and transformation of photographs into striking black and white images will be the day's adventure. Subscribing to the podcast ensures not missing any new episodes released every Monday. Gear used in the podcast One of the questions I get asked frequently is what sort of equipment do I use to record my podcast. I have used a variety of equipment in the years that I have been recording, but here is the current list of equipment that I am using. Also as an FYI and full disclosure, the links are affiliate links to Amazon.Rode Procaster XLR microphoneRode Boom ArmRode PSM ShockmountAll three Rode components a kitFocusrite Scarlet 2i2Adobe Audition (part of creative cloud subscription)LogicPro XMacbook ProOWC Thunderbolt 3 dockHeadphones