IRITIS ARCHITECTURE SERIES, THE IRITIS COLLECTION by Nawfal Johnson Nur:
No, it is not the best photographs a year according to Garp that matter…No. It is the best photographs in a year in my opinion, for my photography. For I am my hardest critic, so when I think I have captured and designed a good, or great image, I say,
“Wow, this one could be one of my best images this year!”
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
You see, as Swift said, vision is inside the artist. That is why an artist, a photographer will see something significant to their vision, and then photograph or paint it. This “vision” may be totally void of everyone else seeing what you, the artist, sees. Does that mean that your efforts are worthless? No – maybe it just means that others do not understand your vision. Artist’s Statements are helpful in this case, so the artist can attempt to describe in words, the meaning of the art piece, or art series, or their motivations for creating the work.
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
I believe Ansel was correct. Too many people believe that all their photographs, or most of their photographs are fantastic. I’m not sure how they get that idea, unless if it is based on popularity due to them having hundreds of followers or “friends” on Flickr, or Facebook, then obviously, a mathematically formulated proportion of those followers will probably hit the like button, or leave a comment, like: “Wow, awesome!” Or, “Linda!” Or, “Show!” WTF does that mean? Or, “She’s HOT!” I believe that this building up of one’s ego through social photo websites is not a good indicator of fantastic and meaningful photography: I just do not see the connection. Perhaps others do, but I do not. I also do not believe that these social photo websites are good for photographers who want to genuinely improve their photographic skills.
As Ansel said, 12 great photos in one year is an amazing crop of images – a good collection. In general, I think that most skilled photographers have lots and lots of good photographs per year, but great ones…I think that those are a very select few.
How do you know a great shot? I do not know the answer to that question, but a photographer has a gut feeling that a scene they captured, and the photograph they created from that scene, could be a great image for them, during any year.
With that said, and I am not expecting anyone to agree with me at all, I feel that my photograph of Firefighter Uniforms all hanging in a row, inside the fire-station, in Penang, Malaysia, is one of my best images so far in 2013.