I have been struggling with several ideas about photos and the fine arts lately.  A recent post about  talent brought a lot of this to mind and triggered some thoughts. I believe that the ability to make a good technical photograph is well within the reach of most people with enough effort and study, however to make a photograph that reaches beyond that technical expertise takes a lot more. It takes vision, imagination, and a sense of art that can’t be taught. These things can be shown, and if the spark is there, it will light something that forever changes the way you see the world. To develop into something that is worth sharing after the spark is lit requires constant hard work and continuous learning.
 
I have read in some of the forums about so many well-done technical photograph but so few stories. I am sure I paraphrased that so please go with the sentiment. I see a lot of  technically strong photographs that I seem to just glance over because they have no ‘story’ or nothing to make us want to look again after the first time.  One of my mentors in sculpture told me along time ago “in real art, you should see something new each time you look“.
 
The article that set this off was about the “Myth of Talent” at http://www.tmelive.com/index.php/articles/view/28/24.html. I agree with some of what was said and really don’t with a lot of it. The response that Steve Korn wrote on one of the Flickr forums I believe says it all about talent and what it takes to make art of any kind. Steve is an accomplished Jazz musician and the links below with his response are worth checking out. Steve,if you see this, I hope to hear you play live sometime. Jazz like hockey should be seen live to get the real experience.
 
Steve says this much better than I could:
 
Steve Korn

 
I always tell my students that there are four kinds of students.
 
1) tons of talent, no discipline.
 
2) less talent, tons of discipline
 
3) tons of talent, tons of discipline
 
4) little talent, little discipline
 
#1 will do what he can but will be limited in development.
 
#2 will go far, unlikely to become a world class player, but very good.
 
#3 will do whatever they want. With the right connections, which aren’t hard to make when you’re really good, you can write your own ticket.
 
#4 is most of the population and they will have fun doing what they do but will never be good.

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