We're starting a new project in my photography class based on David Hockney's collage photography. I had a couple ideas that I want to try out, although I'm not sure how well I'll be able to execute them. One will be a collage panorama from the middle seat of my car, so that the image spans both side windows and the front dashboard. I already started working on this one (shown below), but in the final version I want there to be different scenes in each of the windows. It's supposed to represent how I view everything when I'm in my car, and each scene will be a different place I drive to show how that view is constantly changing. It might not end up as cool as I want it to be, but I like the idea and so I'll probably work on it more over Christmas break. It takes a really long time to take all the photos, and then assembling them takes even longer and is really frustrating to work with in photoshop. Because I'm choosing to use different scenes, I'm thinking that I'll need to create complete scenes from each location before I can pick which parts to mix into the final version. Basically I have a LOT of work ahead of me for something I'm not sure will turn out.
I think that's what art is supposed to be, though. It's something that should be enjoyable and exciting, something that you're willing to work on even if it doesn't turn out. My second idea is going to take even longer, and I'm hoping I won't get sick of this project before I finish it. I want to make a collage from a scene looking out at the bay, but to show the passing of time through the lighting from one side of the collage to the other. This means I will have to take photos of the scene over a long period of time so that I can catch the changes in the light. In theory, I'm planning to wake up early and start shooting right as the sun is rising, and then take photos every 30 minutes or so to catch different lighting. In reality, I'm not sure I'll want to wake up that early, and I'm not sure that I have the patience to wait for 30 minute intervals for multiple hours without moving far.
Commitment is what distinguishes artists. Actually commitment is what distinguishes any successful individual in their given profession. Sometimes I've wondered if photography is even worth trying to be good at because it's so easy for people to take photos now. What's the use of learning about photography if everyone can take stunning photos on their iPhone 6? I mean everyone gets lucky a few times and catches some amazing shots, even if they don't know how to take photos at all. The reason that there are still photographers, though, is that the real artists are the ones who take photos that can't be shot on accident. Real artists travel around the world for one good photo, or spend hours editing or shooting a timelapse. The standards definitely go up when everyone has the ability to take great photos instantly, but the boundaries of what's possible with photography are also expanded.
In the future, I want to be more connected with the intention behind my photography. My photos shouldn't be accidents, even if they are taken quickly or are unplanned. If I want my photos to mean something then they need to mean something to me during their creation, otherwise it's irrational to expect viewers to connect with them.