a Cinderella story
I have spent the past few months looking at other artists work as well as my own and I observed adjustments in quality and subject matter as a natural progression of skills being honed and interests changing. Committing myself to intentionally scrutinize these works caused me to make conscious observations about the work, but more importantly it resulted in me having a better understanding of what I am aesthetically and thematically attracted to.
Color, subject, setting, prop elements, tone and theme were the areas of focus. I discovered that I like a darker tonal range – blues were very prevalent in the color pallet of images that I liked – and most settings were either man-made or had man-made elements to them. Regarding the subject and themes of my own work, I found more enjoyment out of portraits that had a lot of character or emotion to them and the more high concept images that sought to tell a story.
What does this mean? It means I am intentionally making the largest adjustment to my work since I have picked up a camera and making creative portraiture and fine art photography my primary artistic and commercial focus. Change is exhilarating, frightening and constant; I may fail more than I may succeed, but the work will be true to who I am and who I want to be right now as an artist.
This image, a Cinderella story with model Chante Fox, is part of a theme I am working on about things that go bump in the night which explores the whimsical, fantastical and frightening events that take place in a room during the evening hours.