Ideation and Conceptualization to Identify Meaning in Your Art
during this segment, we're going to talk about conceptualization because conceptualization is one of the most difficult and yet necessary parts of creating any fighting our image or a Siri's. And you may argue with me and say that you don't need to conceptualize an image if you're just shooting for beauty or because you just like something and you're doing something on a whim. But I would argue that everything has concept. It's just a matter of if you see it and you're aware of it or not. So try to come at this from the standpoint of not everything has toe have really high brow concept. But if you're more aware of why you are compelled to do something like taking a certain picture than you will be more aware of how to connect that to an audience. So conceptualization is super important, and another word that we can use is ideation, which has the word idea in it. And I love that because ideation is just the forming of concepts or ideas and conceptualization ideation. They bring up these...
feelings of anxiety for people like it's this really, really difficult thing to Dio, but really all it means is that there is an idea behind what you're doing. So conceptualization is kind of fun because it doesn't have to be really complicated or in depth, but it can be. And that's where I'm happiest personally. Is creating really in depth, really just deep concepts? And when I say deep concept, I don't mean that there necessarily super smart concepts or anything like that. I just mean that they have multiple layers that I have been able to explore within myself. So I absolutely love identifying the meaning of art, the meaning of your art, the meaning of my art. I think it's really fun. And this is probably why I studied English literature in college because I love studying the meaning behind things. What is the meaning behind an object behind a color behind a location behind all of these visuals that we put into an image? How can you identify the meaning of your art? It's important to note that there are two types of conceptualization and two types of art. One is called lowbrow and one is called highbrow, and a lot of times we make that distinction by saying that highbrow art is like cultured art, intellectual art and then lowbrow being the opposite of that. And I bring this up because I want you to be aware of where you feel that you fall within this category. Are you more lowbrow? Are you more highbrow? And there is no shame in either one. You know, wherever you might fall are you, you know, do you create from a very intellectual place or maybe a more of an instinctual place? Those air both. Okay, so no matter where you are, just be where you are, and it's totally good. Then when we talk about conceptualization, we're talking about layers. And yes, I will continuously bring up the cosmic onion because it has to be said, That's what concept is its layers of meaning. So how layered is your art? If I were to ask you to look back at your images and thio, identify where you put meaning into the image meaning where you intentionally did something because you thought it would read a certain way. Do you think about subject color, location set? Do you think about lighting technique? Do you think about era of influence even, you know, like how you're creating the art and where that stems from, How layered is your art? And once you think about how layered your art is and you look back at your work and you can really identify where you put meaning into it and where maybe you skipped it and that's totally okay to then think about how do you make people feel with your art? And this is where we can create controversy within our art, which I think is a fascinating thing to do, particularly within a Siri's, is to ask yourself, How can I create a dialogue with my audience? How can what I'm doing? The meanings, the layers, three ideas that I'm putting into my work create controversy and controversy comes from Does your art make someone feel something? Does it make them think something? And does it make them act? And those air generally the three different levels that people interact with your art on first they look at something and you feel something immediately. You feel indifference, so you scroll past it, you feel excited. So you look at it, you feel disgusted. So you look at it. There are all these different emotions that are triggered when we see something that tell us, move on or stay put. And after you have that initial emotional reaction, you think about it. Why do I feel that way? What do I see that interests me in this? And finally, if your art reaches the deepest place in somebody, they act. They take action. They felt an emotion. They thought about why they feel connected to it or why they don't And then they taken action because of it. And that's how we create controversy in our art. That's how we create intent by having those three steps outlined for our viewers. Depth of meaning is what we really mean by concept by ideation is how many layers can you go to put more meaning into your work? How can the visual elements of what you're putting together not only tell a story but tell one story than a sub story and a sub story? And you keep going deeper and deeper because if you don't understand your art, then you can't expect anybody else to understand your art. And the more areas that you skip over when you're creating a concept like location, wardrobe, character lighting, color, all of those things when you skip over those and you think, Oh, well, I'm just here. So I'm just gonna shoot here or, Well, she's already wearing that thing. I'll just photograph that. Then you're missing an opportunity to connect your art to an audience or to somebody who's going to see it. So keep that in mind that those are all opportunities for meaning that sometimes we skip and sometimes we skip it because it's just more fun that way. Maybe you're a spontaneous shooter, or maybe it's something that can be really examined as to why it's getting left behind.