That doesn’t mean I don’t often have fun or find enjoyment in the photos I take, but fun is not my why, not my motivator .
“Art is coming face to face with yourself.”-Jackson Pollock
Someone I keep coming across insists people aren’t having enough fun in their toy photos, that’s where all problems lie, etc.
But my motivation is creation, fully expressing myself in visual form. And what I feel compelled to express, to create, is largely not rooted in fun.
I suppose the stuck point for some observing my work comes from the fact that I use toys as a means for that work. But I see toys as iconographic in all forms. From imagination in childhood to sentimental trinkets in adulthood, any toys we keep have meaning outside of themselves.
I don’t feel successful in, finished with, a piece, until I’ve put all my emotion into it.
People find much of my work relatable because it’s real.
I enjoy creating. I enjoy expressing myself. But 99% of the time I won’t refer to my images as “fun,” and I’m completely okay with that.