Any visual artist needs to stay fresh by experimenting and attempting new things. Whether that is trying a new tool, or a new technique, or a new environment, the only way to stay fresh is to try new things. Sometimes they work and sometimes they lead you to other things.
In a rigorous post secondary photography program you’ll often have image critique day in and day out. Brutal, pointed and detailed critique of everything from the composition to the finger placement and degree of smile of your subject. The goal, of course, is to prepare you for the wider world of critique out there and to help you perfect your images.
It wasn’t until recently that I also realized that a school based program also provides an artist room to evolve and grow, shift and change. The guidance of our mentors, instructors and peers help us to grow in different directions. It’s a cumulative effect, one critique leads to a new experiment, that experiment leads to a success or failure, and so on. We loose this outside of school I think. Or, maybe, the context of our work shapes us in ways that make it difficult for the artist part of us to grow and stretch a little.
I had the chance to try something a little different this month. I worked in a new environment, completely different than my usual. I’m still discovering all the ways this experience has shifted things for me, and still learning what experiences I’ll carry over into future work.
For now, take a peek as some of the results of the experiment, and let me know what you think!
Styling by Skye Hardwick’s team of fantastic stylists at Work of Heart