Seven Insights

SEVEN SACRED ‘P’s in PHOTOGRAPHY

Philosophical & Creative Insights by Fatali

Purpose

To begin your personal creative journey, one should begin by discovering your purpose. To why you’re using the tools you’ve chosen, and what you really want to achieve with them. Define your mission, so that the images you create tell the story and accurately articulate your emotion, thought, and message. You will find that by understanding your “purpose” it will improve your creative deliverance, not only from the technical side of things, but also your philosophical and emotional connection with our subject. So before you just start pointing your camera and start “Open-Firing” your shutter, slow down and first become one with you’re subject and define your creative objectives.

Passion

Do you photograph the things you have a love for and that inspire you the most? The relationship with an artist’s subject and their interests generally can be seen and felt when viewing their works of art. To express the passion that comes from within, a photographer begins by putting the things they’re most passionate about in front of their lens. This will help to express yourself through your personal journey and that can become your own voice in the world of photography. We all see things a little differently. One of the joys of viewing a photograph is to see what the photographer sees. I consider “passion” to be the primary force behind ones drives and inner creative genius in the making of inspirational images.

Permission

I have found, that the most common reason to why an artist can have a block in their creative pathway is because of the lack of granting themselves the permission to themselves. The excuses, and sometimes even the fears, can get in the way to their personal creative fulfillment. We live in a time when society plays such a big role in what shapes our thinking and expectations of who, and what, we are, or to be in our lives. Risk, is part of everything we do in life and a significant part of your genetic make-up of being creative and self-expressive. To live and fulfill your creative dreams does require your “permission” to pursue them. My definition of pursuing a way of life as an artist is like jumping off a cliff and building the airplane on the way down. It can be one heck of a flight!

Practice

Like the Nike commercial says “Just Do It”! You learn by doing. Your best way to practice your mediums is to learn by the mistakes and successes you will make during by putting your practice into action. To be highly experienced in your skills will take a great deal of practice. Critique the results of your photography, so that you will have more control in using your techniques and vision for expressing yourself. As an ongoing exercise, I will self-critique my work to improve and get closer to the perfection I crave.

Persistence

your determination is a key factor to making great images in landscape photography. You must be willing to go the extra mile so to speak. To be at the right place at the right time, is a good example for the persistence that is required. How often do great images just happen? You go back to the same location, over and over, until you find that one perfect moment to capture the light. Having “persistence” can be one of your greatest traits in creativity.

Patience

I always found exercising patience in landscape photography to be an easy and enjoyable way for me. It’s really not that difficult to hang out for many hours or even days anticipating the perfect moment while I get to marvel at creation. By using both your persistence and patience, and knowing which one to use at that moment, will improve your ability to seize your opportunities.

Prayer

I find many blessings and divine interventional experiences when in the natural world. I believe in the ancient gospel of nature and have found that when practicing the other insights, that in order for them to join full circle, prayer is the looping eternal practice. I learn from this wonderful world and do my best to find my way in it, while turning over what I cannot control to the hands of faith. To trust in your own abilities by practicing your beliefs and disciplines, and then trusting in something greater then myself, is how I find “prayer” to be so helpful in landscape photography.