Do you know what I mean?

01 Feb

Sometimes I cringe when I refer to my photos as art.

I realize the simplicity of photographing the most photographed subject on the planet, beautiful girls, is a bit of a slap in the face to the artists I think really changed the world.  Picasso’s Guernica, Michaelangelo’s David or one of Van Gogh’s many intense self-portraits – just to name a handful.

Those are the true great artists… I totally get that.  That being said….

I am trying to say something with the images I create.  It’s an undercurrent of thought lost on most, I think.  It’s so easy to get swallowed up in the over-saturation of images of beautiful people and not look past the surface.  We live in a country where you can walk into the grungiest truck stop in the country and find beautiful images of the most beautiful people in the world, sitting, smiling back at us.  That has to have an effect on our psychological underpinnings.  How in the world could it not?

So… what am I trying to say?

Well, I’m not sure what I’m saying yet, I sometimes catch glimpses and have ‘AHA’ moments… and tonight I created an image that made me look at it a bit longer than most… almost like it was speaking something.

A hidden thought.

Sometimes when I let me mind wander amidst my thoughts of what I’m trying to say I think about ideas and they build upon each other, if I let my mind wander enough the ideas tend to collapse under the complexity of their own weight and I’m left with nothing but a wonder… a wonder about what I’m trying to say… I know there’s something there but I don’t always know what exactly.

Do you know what I mean?

Model is the beautiful Bel. I spotted her while on a date with my wife and friends, she was a server at the sushi restaurant we happened to be at… I couldn’t help but ask if she’d let me photograph her.

Jake Garn Photography

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