Photographic Artistry - what the heck is that?
Is it an attempt to promote my work to the world as something special? Well, yes it is... :) It is something special to me. What you call it is non consequential.
My desire to photograph, my choice of subjects, and how I present the final image is a combined result of my experience, my emotion, my feelings at the time the image was taken (or at the time when it was re-processed). It is a sensitivity to what I look at... it is how I see. It is also a record of my personal growth as a photographer and as a person. So, yes, to me it is very special. By sharing my work with others, I am reaching out to those who may be a kindred spirit (or not) hoping that they will come forward and share with me their feelings about my images. I would hope that they would then go one step further and share a bit of themselves through their own images.
I do this work for me and as such, it is only I that must be satisfied. If someone else enjoys my work, for whatever reason, that is a definite plus. Should someone share the same emotion as I, or if I learn something more through them, all the more satisfying.
Each of my photographs is accompanied by my own reflection or, usually, a quote that carries a thought or feeling I associate with the image. Why someone else's quote? Words do not come easily to me so I frequently use the eloquent words of others. Perhaps in sharing a bit of my own thoughts I am removing the mystery of intent. Years ago, as a high school student, our English teacher would often ask what we thought was revealed by a poet in their work. No one really knew for sure what their intent was... but my thoughts were always wrong? I would have liked to have known the poet more deeply. You can learn a lot about a person from what they do but even more about their motive... how they think. Of course, even then, a person will only try to reveal what they want you to know. Ha... perhaps a little mystery is better.
Jesus spoke in parables... perhaps it was to lead those, moved by the Spirit, to seek His truth. He also speaks to us every day in images, throughout His entire creation, the better to understand Him and His Word.
Speaking of quotes... here are three of my favorites...
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." - C. S. Lewis
"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in." - George Washington Carver
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau