Tips on Writing an Artist Statement

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I am often asked to offer tips to help photographers write their artist statement. I am well aware that it is often viewed as one of the least pleasurable parts of presenting your work. It is crucially important though for you to work through this. There are positives, it will offer a valuable experience to reflect on your own work and various aspects of your practice.

When drafting your artist statement remember that it is your words that are trying to express your art, in your absence. The artist statement should be concise and well written in a conversational language. Try not to over complicate it. Consider your audience, there is a subtle difference in writing style depending on whether you’re writing for a comercial gallery and their audience or if it’s part of a university application for a PhD. Be modest about what you’re trying to achieve.

Essentially, when considering writing an artist statement the only person you need to question, is yourself. Ask yourself these questions:

What is your motivation for creating this body of work?

What do you  intend for the viewer to determine after scrutinising your work?

When considering your competition (artists that are creating images with comparable subjects), why do your images stand apart?

How do your photographic/art techniques communicate your concepts?

What questions do you feel your work raises in an audience?

Who are you influenced by, photographically or artistically?

 

I hope this helps! Good luck.

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Mobile Photography & Art – Tip of the Day – Lightroom Mobile Tip

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We are re-igniting our Tip of the Day section and kicking us off today is a video by Matt Kloskowski to help you launch the app faster.

To view our previous Tip Of The Day posts – please go here.

Download Lightroom for Mobile here

 

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Mobile Photography – Tips for Black and White Mobile Photography

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Great video featuring fabulous mobile photographers, Oliver Lang, Koci Hernandez, Dutch Doscher, Doc Pop and Christian Sweet. This video shows them discussing their techniques and apps for shooting black and white photography with a smart phone.

 

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Mobile Photography & Art – Tip of the Day!

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We are reigniting our Tip of the Day section and kicking us off today is Tania Konnerth.

To view our previous Tip Of The Day posts – please go here.

An Observation from Tania Konnerth

“Give chance a chance! Some of my best pics happened by quasi by accident, for example by fooling around with different features of an app or by just taking random photos without an actual idea or concept. For my that’s one of the most beautiful features of mobile photography: that it allows chance to come into the game.

For example in my very early steps into iphoneography I was always amazed about the results which I got out of the old hipstamatic, because this app was all about chance! You never knew, what you actually would get on your photo and if you used the random function of the lenses and films it really was all about surprises… (see more below)

(All demonstration images ©Tania Konnerth)

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Procreate Updated with Massive Improvements

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Just in time for Christmas and what a wonderful gift to us all from the developers, Savage Interactive, of Procreate – one of the very best apps for all mobile artists.

This update is huge, it includes a selection of the most requested features and added to that, the developers have added phenomenal speed and stabilitiy improvements.

I will list the updated feature list below, but please do not hesitate updating this app. It’s free to update, if you have already bought it, if not, it will set you back $5.99/£4.49 and you won’t regret a spending a single penny/cent.

Click here to download/update Procreate.

(Many thanks for the wonderful tip off from Carolyn Hall Young).

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Top Tips – Professional Portraiture With Your Smartphone

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We are delighted to publish this interesting article by our Tech Editor, Martin Duerr. This is a thorough article full of tips to help you capture professional portraiture with your smartphone. We have published some great articles by Duerr in the past, all featuring ways to help you improve your mobile photography – if you have missed those, please go here. I think you will enjoy this very much… 

“In the 1990’s it was unheard of to take mobile phone images, or even for the concept to exist.  Camera development is in part, driven by mobile photography. Last week Leica, the German lens and camera manufacturer, well known for their high-end products announced a collaboration with Huawei.

Compared to “traditional“ cameras (those with mirrors and without) phones have one huge drawback that especially affects portraiture photography. All phones use a fixed wide angle lens (with the iPhone the equivalent would be a 35mm lens on a full frame camera). While today there is a trend for photographers to shoot using 35 mm lenses … often it is too wide angled.

One last word before we discuss the basics: it is important to remember that the zoom on your iPhone is a digital zoom not an optical zoom. Therefore, you will see a deterioration in quality if you shoot using it”.

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Tip Of The Day – Mobile Photography & Art

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It’s been a while since we updated our Tip of the Day section and it’s one of the many areas we are going to continue to focus on. Ensuring that you are kept up to date with everything you need to know relating to mobile photography and art.

We were asked a question today relating to mobile video.  This was the question:

I was wondering whether imovie has a setting to upload square pictures, which almost all of my images are. I was thinking of putting in a sequence of an evolving edit as a background to my voice. If not imovie, can you recommend a different video app that can do this without a steep learning curve?”

Check out our recommendation below…

To view our previous Tip Of The Day posts – please go here.

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