I have a question for you: What is art? How do you define it? What do you perceive as art or artful? I find that a really difficult question to answer. Is art defined by what we see? Or is it what others might see? Can we declare ourselves artists or is that a term bestowed upon us by another person, somebody "in the know", a critic, a curator or a collector?
Maybe we're all (yet undiscovered) artists in some way. Seeing something beautiful in simple everyday items, putting these items together in a way that is pleasing to the eye, the way a stylist creates an image, is that not something artistic in itself? The last time you arranged some flowers, books or trinkets on a table, was that not something of a little piece of art?
When I paint, I'm not thinking about creating art, but I'm simply expressing myself. I might paint "a mood" or a portrait or just a little something to complement a colour scheme. I paint because I feel happy when I do so. I arrange things in my home in a way that makes me happy and that fulfils my need for a harmonious, bohemian, elegant, sometimes quirky home. The styles I draw inspiration from might rotate (I might have a little of a multiple personality in that respect), but the basic principle remains: my eye needs to be drawn to it and then be able to rest.
The same goes for photography. I am constantly trying to push myself and strive for (as yet unachieved) perfection. This is about me wanting to be the best I can possibly be, not necessarily about being an artist. There are weeks when I don't seem to post as much as usual and that's often down to me discarding entire posts because I suddenly think my photography isn't good enough. In fact, there has been a post last year I completely reshot after publishing it for exactly that reason.
Of course I don't exist in a bubble all by myself and I like to draw inspiration from other people. Saatchi with their fab collection of art photography is a really great source of that kind of inspiration and beauty. But, at the end of the day, I have to stay true to myself and what I feel is right. So, I take pictures of things I like, things that appeal to me in their simplicity, their shape, their colour or because of their beauty - in short, things that inspire me and remind me of the beauty in the smallest details and in everyday life...