Error of Art

September 22, 2014

Photo Source: Jamaica Wedding Photography

Sometimes the greatest and most notable achievement is as a result of error. I’m sure that’s a statement that many photographers can relate to. Art is sometimes just that, an error that became the right thing when you least expected it to. My name is Adrian McDonald, a fine arts and wedding photographer based in Jamaica and this is my story about the Error of Art. As photographers we sometimes feel the need to be in control of every little element of our setup; from lighting, lens, accessories to even the model, after all it is a part of our job to somewhat be in control, but is that control that we so like exert always good for our art?

You see the error of art is not that there is an error to begin with, but instead there is none (I know that’s a bold statement but hear me out). Art is as fluid as the river than runs along it’s channel on a daily basis only to arrive at a grand place; the ocean. What I mean by that is sometimes we try so hard to control the elements of our shoot to fit the designated idea we have in mind that we sometimes block the potential of what could have been an even greater experiment/experience. Sometimes letting go and making that error is the right thing. Now I am not saying or urging you to go out and be sloppy at your work or even be lax in your work ethics, but what I am saying is that sometimes, if you allow the rain to fall on you, it won’t necessarily result in a cold. I have personally been guilty of such myself, believing that with control I will most certainly achieve my best results, such is not always the case. Art is a by-product of the Quintessential Artist and true art is a talent which is innate to The Artist, it is not a skill that’s taught but a resource of the mind expounded upon (stay with me). Control, is therefore a peripheral tool which an artist uses and The Error is the reflection of the true artist within. Despite such, the question that may inevitably plague your mind is, “How can I be certain that not exerting control will result in a greater outcome?

The truth is you can’t be certain, and the aim of this article is not to disable control, but rather to enable error. The so-called error of which you are familiar and sometimes refer to as a ‘mistake’ is the buffering component of The Artist which unlocks the Avant Garde within. On your next shoot, let go from your control, because that control is not only a by product of a conditioned mind but it is a reflection of insecurity, “I must have it this way, I must have it this way” No you just keep telling yourself that. Default your mind, not in the sense of going blank because then it will be empty, but in the sense of allowing your talent to flow and make space for it to expound. Give your raw talent a chance to mature and give rest to the controlled mind that helped you plan that shoot for the last 3 weeks with countless nights of brainstorming. If you give room to such then brainstorming will become an obsolete word in your vocabulary.

My error created the image of the ballet dancer above and that’s when I discovered the naked truth of art within my mind. You will get ideas if you brainstorm don’t get me wrong but your greatest ideas won’t come forced, they come when you are most vulnerable, hence the reason we call it an Error. The series of fine arts shoot I’ve done after discovering this information through internalizing became some of my best work to date, some were even published on Vogue Italia and Shot Magazine. The next time you are on a shoot, let go and experience the Error of Art.

The Error of Art-Letting go of the conditioned mind and enlist your mind to an unorthodox mode of operation.




The Ideal Photographer

September 21, 2014

The Ideal Photographer
Many people consider photography to be an art rather than an activity that needs technical expertise. Photography in its true sense is both a combination of an artistic flair and a grasp over technical concepts. It is a way of expression and a manner of conveying thoughts onto a frame, by making use of technology, knowledge of cameras and the given lighting conditions. There are many good photographers everywhere but who really is the ideal photographer? Well this question cannot be answered in just one line. Here’s how an ideal photographer can be described:

An Ideal photographer is one who has an eye for good shots/frames and doesn’t mind experimenting with lighting conditions. He is a person with the best knowledge of cameras, technology used for cameras, the different lenses available and also other supporting accessories and equipments. Besides knowledge, one who understands that photographs are memories makes for an ideal photographer. He is one who doesn’t mind thinking out of the box and presenting real life in form of pictures. An ideal photographer may work for money but it is only creative excellence that he aims for and tries to achieve with every shot he clicks. Someone ready to invest his time, his services and his dedication to a project is someone who is close to being an ideal photographer.

• An ideal photographer would be willing to offer you many ideas for a photo-shoot and would welcome your own input whereas a regular photographer might not have many ideas up his sleeve and may rely on old, dull and commonly used frames.
• An ideal photographer is one who would bring in all the necessary photography equipments and tools such as cameras, lenses, lighting equipments, backgrounds for studio shoots and other supporting accessories as well. These individuals are different from regular photographers who might not go to extreme lengths to help you achieve the best photo-shoot.
• The best photographers are the ones who are willing to shoot both candid shots as well as formal pose shots. These individuals do not mind trying both and then helping you figure out which one works better. On the other hand, a regular photographer might insist on posed shots or just on candid photography and may not be open to flexibility.
• An ideal photographer does not always go by the book and is creative enough to suggest out of the box ideas. He/she doesn’t follow any other photographer and is skilled and talented enough to make others follow. On the other hand, a regular photographer may do his job for the sake of it and may not really incline towards creativity.
• An ideal photographer has in-depth knowledge about different photography tools, concepts and is an expert at editing. Editing is an important part of photography and he who excels at it fits properly in the definition of ‘ideal’.

This article was provided by Jamaica Wedding Photography

Thoughts of a Broken Soul

September 19, 2014
Fine Arts Photography Magazine

There are times when we feel trapped and broken inside, in this over populated world there are those who often feel alone, isolated and abandoned. But what if, what if we truly are alone? Now, I’m not speaking from the perspective of externalization, but alone within and we truly have nothing except for that which we came here with; self. When this photograph was taken, or better yet, before this photograph was taken the words kept ringing in my head, “thoughts of a broken soul.” I didn’t know what it meant then, but as time transcended this reverberating string of words manifested itself into the idea of the photograph above. It was then that I understood the sentence which had impressed itself upon me.

Such is not a reflection of my daily thought process but a simple by-product of spontaneous inspiration. From whence such cometh, I knoweth not (Shakespeare moment).This photograph is therefore one of desire, not for the able spirited but the broken spirited, it is a reflection of their aspirations to be something other than what they are. For those observing such individuals we may consider them as weak, lost or even hopeless, mainly as a result of the deeds they do or of the deeds they are unwilling to do. Hundreds of thousands commit suicide every year, yet little is understood about why these individuals choose to take their lives; some say its because they are weak whilst others say they are hopeless and selfish. Perhaps it’s a culmination of all those things, perhaps it’s none. The only thing that’s a common denominator is the need for escape, an escape from the shackles of this existence to something or somewhere different.