Not everyone does, and that’s ok. It is just that much more precious that you do.
You may not know this, but photographers generally struggle with being regarded as artists. From the paint brush to the aperture of a lens, is just a leap of faith that some are not yet willing to take, and can we blame them?
The bellows of the first camera were invented only 200 years ago, and the first digital camera in 1975, just a mere few years before I was even born. One might think that, the lightning fast pace at which our new digital world has evolved, would have also evolved some of our oldest ideas.
For the last week, I had the absolute pleasure and thrill to play with paint and colors. It is a very different thing to witness and play with light. Yet, so many of the art concepts I learned growing up cross over like an old friend playing catch up.
After completing this piece, I had an idea. Would it be possible to show an example of portrait art… and painted art, within the same compliment? I’m not tricking myself to believe I will change minds, or spark some inner depth hidden away as one’s heart and mind ignite together in a visual and emotional Aha moment (I’m thinking that kind of thing happens years later). However, I have the feeling at least you will understand today.
Art is art. It is subjective. It is paint. It is light. It is song. It is dance. And please hear me when I say, it is not defined by what we can see, it is defined by what we can feel.
Andrea Halsey is a portrait artist and designer in Greensboro, North Carolina. She has been photographing area families for well over a decade, has achieved multiple photography related awards and was featured on the Dr. Oz show after photographing his family portraits. Raised in the Carolinas, she has a love for beautiful landscapes and family values, with complex inspiration from Mark Twain to Kate Spade.