For those who don’t collect art, collecting seems very obscure and out of reach. Like my daughter who won’t taste her perfectly prepared summer squash, art collecting is something that you have to try before you realize how much it enriches your life. And it doesn’t stop there. Appreciation evolves and deepens over time. When you take that first taste you begin a life long process that defines your perceptions, opinions, and moods. Sure, a picture can be just furniture for your walls, but you don’t want to sit in an uncomfortable chair, do you?
When someone walks into my house or office, they immediately form a perception of who I am. There is no doubt that I am well traveled, adventurous, interested in broadening my mind, and free. My collection reflects this in a way that only it can. My collection is bigger than me, yet is me. Your collection is bigger than you, and it is an intimate reflection of you and your deep and interesting life. All of our lives are one-of-kind, and worthy of sharing. Are your walls blank?
I want my child to be surrounded by beauty. You are what you eat. I want her to think creatively, hell I want everyone who enters my life to think creatively! Family, community, co-workers, and clients will benefit from experiencing your collection. When they are inspired, society benefits.
So where do you begin? At the beginning of course. Find the first piece that you simply must have and acquire it. Don’t judge yourself for the decision you make or the price you pay (high OR low) as you might surprise yourself. Go with the flow and let it take you. Now you are rolling.
The internet is dripping with excellent photo tutorials, and it can often be hard to determine what is useful. More often than not the "soft skills" needed to create the images you want are not covered or even recognized. My goal is to help collectors of photography increase their depth of understanding and to provide creators of photographs with simple and general yet highly effective tools to improve your photos.