Photo Art Quote

Many photographers ask me, “Where do you get your ideas?”

And because I believe this artist says it ever so much better than I do I think I’ll turn most today’s Photo/Art Quote over to Chuck Close from a Facebook Post in Patron of the Arts.

chuck close art quote“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.”  Chuck Close

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.” – Chuck Close

If you haven’t heard of Chuck before make sure you read up on his story and take a look at his work (remember these pieces can be HUGE) and his web site and you will be even more inspired to follow his advice and thoughts.

Yours in Creative Photography,    Bob

PS – this photo/art quote is a bit late