Artist — Lower-Case

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the title artist as it applies to me.

This self-absorbed reflection began three weeks ago when Claudine Ascher, curator of the Gallery de la Ville, ( spoke to the members of the Lakeshore Camera Club ( and told the room full of members that we were not photographers, but rather artists. Whoa, Mamma!

I liked the distinction then, and ever since that magical moment, I have been trying this new wardrobe on for size. 

Yes! The title fits. I am, indeed, an artist: I capture images with my camera and then endeavour to create works of art with them. They are no longer just “pictures” or “snapshots” at all. They are artistic creations. 🙂

AJ — artist. Hmmm. 🙂

While on my daily walkabouts last week with my favourite man, I found myself dwelling on the consequences of wearing such a title, and I came to an almost sad conclusion. In order to create — that is, not simply take a photo that captures the image, but to really create — I have to be alone. I need the space to be able to get into the moment and to interact, not with my walking companion, but with my subject. If I don’t selfishly take the time to feel and see (if not hear and smell) I can do little more than simply capture a facsimile of my subject. 😦 What this means is that when I want the raw materials for my creations, I must go into the forest alone, or at least walk a good 12 to 15 feet behind my man.

But that’s okay — even those who create works of art must take some time off. 🙂 Just because I have my camera on my shoulder doesn’t mean I have to always be an artist. I am also very content to be AJ — companion.

It’s all about healthy choices and balance and fulfillment, right? What do you think?


About Audie Jean

I love volunteering for Thrift Shops for Nova West Island. I also spend a lot of time taking photos, making greeting cards, exploring on the computer, and doing all kinds of other things that stimulate learning. It is very important for me that I LEARN or DO something every day. I have a special fondness for milking cows, reading poetry, cutting grass, walking in the woods, chatting with my grandchildren, and much, much more. Life is indeed fun. Reach me at:
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8 Responses to Artist — Lower-Case

  1. PatsyRich says:

    I’ve viewed and enjoyed many of your photographs, Audie Jean and have to agree. You are definitely AJ – artist. And often AJ – ARTIST 🙂

  2. DohNa says:

    I know exactly what you mean. The same reasoning can be applied to writing, drawing and even reading. Sometimes we have to be selfish and take some “our” time to create, understand or just absorb the things that make us the person that we really are!

  3. magicinthewoods says:

    Even “real” artists (like me!) struggle with the definition of what makes an Artist. Makes her living at art (check); uses oil paint too (check), sold lots of paintings (check). 25 years later, and I’m still not sure. But I can tell you, AJ, when I look at art, including good photography like yours, I see an Artist.
    And yes, I do prefer to work alone. However some of my best work has been made in the company of 30 plein air artists, or a crowded art symposium with people breathing down my neck. As long as it’s “good” energy.

  4. lylekrahn says:

    Yes, photography is art though it still sounds like an odd term to apply to me. It’s interesting that I’m working on a post right now about that.

  5. Bridgette says:

    I think that it is all art – it is just a matter of which subject you are bonding with to create it. 🙂

    As an artist, you are using your ability to step back and see the beauty in the capture of a scene. Participating in it might affect the beauty that naturally occurs …. stepping back 12 or 15 feet will give you the time and space and ability to remove yourself from the image and create your art – but in doing this, and blocking all else out, you are giving yourself the opportunity to interact with a mushroom, a leaf, a bird, the sky … a picture of your favourite man clowning for the camera, interacting with you as you snap his image? Still is art. 🙂 It just means that the subject happens to be human. 🙂

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