There was a time when I used to think that I wanted to live in the past. I’ve always been drawn to the idea of wanting to be a medieval monk reading books, taking notes and that type of thing…But I must say that one of the greatest things I enjoy most about today, is the accessibility of content, (perhaps a little too much than I care for). As someone who loves art, I couldn’t be happier when I’m surrounded by artistic content, and for many years I would just surround myself with art books and watch the occasional art documentary from my local library. Though I’ve been looking at pages like youtube and vimeo for a while, as well as following art-related sites, it wasn’t until recently that I began to consume interactive artistic content even more!
For instance, I was delighted to watch this video that Street Photographer John Free posted in his channel, where he goes in depth about his work, the aesthetic restrictions he follows to develop a cohesive body of work really resonates with me. What made this video even more impressive to my eyes was the surrounding, the environment where he’s in. What better setting for artists to share insights on their vision than where they spend most of their energy?
I think this type of content is incredibly valuable, its always wonderful to dig your head into books, but hearing from the artists themselves and watch them explain their craftsmanship is something truly amazing, because aside from being educational, it also inspires and brings me confort to realize that like me, they confront uncertainty, technical and emotional challenges.
Here're some more artist related videos I’ve seen in recent months that I think are worth taking a look.
Ted Forbes The Artists Series: Laura Allison I love her intelligence and how she puts emphasis on the subject, not the gear. As I get more involved with photography and search for stuff to learn, I find it very frustrating to realize how so many people who take great pictures so focus on the latest and greatest their credit cards can afford, so it's always great to hear "forget about the shutter and Fstops!"
Atención Obras (Spanish)
I love this show that comes on Spanish TV. I watch it regularly and always try to take note on the many areas they cover, ranging from theatre, film, to contemporary and also classical art. On this interview with Spanish Photographer Isabel Steva, "Colita", I really like to see her fun personality and how that reflects on her work.