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The Story Behind That Picture: A Future of New Territory

 

By: Thorsten Overgaard. December 31, 2016.

 

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Artists create the future. That’s your job and that's the special skill that distinguishes an artist from the non-artist. The dreamer and creator.

 


Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95. © 2013-2016 Thorsten Overgaard.


Beyond and above lies the future

As soon as you put your head a little ahead of the storm, there is nothing but open space ahead of you. Everybody else is so busy creating the now and considering the past that all the future space is one open, unoccupied land.

Out there in the future you can create anything you want because nobody else has considered it yet. It's quite quiet and undisturbed; it’s the new territory.

 


Leica M9 with Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 II. © 2014-2016 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

Expect difficult traffic and strong wind

Artists all suffer under the pervasive fear of the future. The only known way of a secure future is to own something that will stay there in the future. “No worsening of things” is the general standard for what most can hope for from the future. That’s why Mercedes and BMW are the Gods of the Western World. They’re each a material sign of accomplishment that keeps its value.

 


Leica Minilux. © 2004-2016 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

As an artist, you present an idea or a dream, and it makes people unsecure of the future, because they don’t see what you see. They want you to have something they can see, and which value they can establish and compare.

That’s why most people will ask how much you sell your art for, how many you sell, if you fly first class or what education you have. They want to categorize it to understand it.

 

 


Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 

The Power of Simplicity

In an age where many people hope to be in a position where they can send their kids to schools and universities for many years to learn to be successful in life, it might be hard to agree with me that the easier it is to do a thing, the better. The mind and spirit are far superior to any technology invented, so the more we rely on our self rather than a hard-learned skill, the more brilliant the result can be.

Give the mind some simple tools to work with.

 


Leica M9 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M f/1.0. © 2010-2016 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

Wise men like Einstein, Stephen Hawking and Steve Jobs had their breakthroughs when they were young and filled with ideas and asked questions like "Why not?"

It is interesting that with a strong intention and little education you can accomplish anything, but with a lot of education and no intention, not much really happens.

 


Leica M9 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M f/1.0. © 2012-2016 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

You may not consider yourself an artist, but…

As an artist your job is not limited to painting, music or any of the known art forms. Your job is unlimited to creation of future.

If you can create future, you are directing life and society. It’s implied in create future that the more hope and life you create in what you do, the more future there is.

If you can dream a new future, you’re an artist.

 

 


Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95. © 2013-2016 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

I hope you enjoyed this "The Story Behind That Picture" today. As always, feel free to e-mail me with ideas, suggestions and questions. I hope to see you in one of my workshops in 2017.

 


Leica M9 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M f/1.0. © 2012-2016 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

 

           
 

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Thorsten Overgaard
Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish born multiple award-winning AP photographer, known for his writings about photography and Leica cameras. He travels to more than 25 countries a year, photographing and teaching workshops which cater to Leica enthusiasts. Some photos are available as signed editions via galleries or online. For specific photography needs, contact Thorsten Overgaard via e-mail.

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