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You're so unique...

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 18, 2013, 3:02 PM
No not really. What I'm really get fed up with is all those artist that claim that they're not inspired by other and that they seek to do their own stuff. Unless you've been a cavedweller for the last 40 years since your birth with no contact what so ever with the outside world, and someone some day just drop either a set painting equipment, a set of camera gear, paper and pencil or a sulpture's kit at the entrance to your cave, you're inspired by and influenced by other, wether you like it or not. None of us is most likely gonna invent the wheel all over in a totally new configuration and still make it work smoothly.
As with 99,99 % of all art I've seen, falls into either of two categories. One is for those who holds talent and skill, and show that they saw something that they liked and inspired them, but went out and tried to improve on what they saw, and the other is the crowd that desperately seek attention for crap that is less worth then toiletpaper. Sad to say, many of these deceptions are sold by galleries, auctions or dealers for sums that don't reflect the value of the art.
So what's wrong with saying: "Hey, I'm really inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and William Blake, and my goal is to combine their style and visions of those two into my photography. Or vice versa, that it's the work of Ansel Adams and David Bailey that inspires me, and want to combine the styles of those two into my paintings"?
As I see it, this is also the reason why so many untalented monkeys have been rated artist, like Jackson Pollock, a drunken talentless paintthrower who spilled paint on a larg canvas, and called it abstract expressionism. Well, we can all paint abstract expressionism because it don't demand any thing of us. There's no rules to ties us down, and make us strive to create something unique within the given limitations. It's also the same when you elevate snapshot to fine art photography. If that's fine art, well, then every drunken idiot with a smart phone on a weekend night is an artist. A direct result of thinking they're unique.
For what is an artist? Is it just a idiot with a dergree in splashing paint on canvas or randomly pointing his/her camera at a subject and pressing the shutter? NO!
An artist is someone who excells at their given craft. Someone who's above the general masses, and who inspires other to strive to excell. They are the one who shows us that they've mastered the essentiall skillset that is required to say that you can paint, draw, make a photograph or create music. And until we've mastered that set of skills, we're all just someone who paints, draw, make a photograph or create music. An avarege joe with a set of basic skills. Would you eat the food of a chef, if the chef would just throw in the ingredience in a pot, with no thought to how they taste or harmonize with each other, and after wards just drop the result on a plate for you? Does a burnt pizza taste any better, if the person who made it called him/her self a chef and said that the burnt pizza symbolized the global warming of the planet, or if you where served garbage and were told that what's on you plate symbolized the rotten attitude of sosiety? No, crap is crap, and noe of us would eat any thing that is not well made, and it's the same with art. We eat art with our eyes and mind, but we accept thrash for food.

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  • Watching: Some photography instruction video
  • Playing: Nothing
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Thorstein Kleppe Berg
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Studio Toffa Photography was started in 2010 as a banner for my photographic output. The focus of Studio Toffa Photography is to provide both fine art and stock photographs of the norwegian landscape and nature. I aim for to provide good quality images that is both suited for the livingroom as the office. I'm confident that there is an image here for everyone's taste in regards to landscape and nature.My base is Jæren in Rogaland, an district with a diverse and varied landscape that range from lowland plains and agricultural fields to rugged mountains and stormy coastal landscapes as well as small towns and lighthouses to urban cities. So many of my pictures will showcase these landscapes and subjects.
As we have enough postcards in newstands, shops and tourist attractions in this country, I try to show known places and subjects in a different light. I want people to rediscover the places they know, and take a new look at them. Maybe be inspire by them to seek out these places that they've not seen since their childhood.
As a nativ norwegian, I've always felt a connection with the old norwegian fairytales, norse mythology, history and the old folklore of trolls and the spirit of the rivers, lakes, and the forest, and also the magic of the nature and the landscapes of Norway. I'm also very fond of Norwegian national romantic artist like Theodor Kittelsen, Hans Gude, Thomas Fearnley, J.C. Dahl, August Cappelen, and Lars Hertervig. All painter with the landscape as their main subject. This love for my native land have inspired and influenced my choice of subjects in my images as well. I try in my photographs to capture some of the mood and magic that the folklore and the norwegian fairytales contains, in a language that is close to national romantic painters. After all, it's a strong part of the norse national soul.I'm also a conservationist by heart, so I also aim with my pictures to enwoke people's love for the wonders in our nature around us. To make people see that we need to take this into account when we progress. That it's not just to push the wheel of progress blindfolded in front of us. We all have a responsability to the forthcoming generations to also let them enjoy and experience the wonder that is the norwegian landscape, free from electrical cabels, recreation home developements, four-lane highways and tunnels. We need the diversity of wildlife and plantlife, as well as both the wild landscape as the cultured landscape. Yes, we're a small country, but the nature is our biggest asset, so we need to guard it for the comming generations. It would be a shame if future generation only can see a majestic waterfall in the paintings and pictures of the past.

For those of you who are on facebook and would like to follow me there, here's my page.

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My tools of choice:
Camera: Nikon D800 with Nikon D200 as a back-up.
Lenes: Tamron SP-range zooms and Nikon AF-D primes.
Tripod: Feisol CT-3401 with a Giottos MH-5001 3-way head
Filters: Kenko U/V and Polarizers, Formatt Hitech ND and ND-grad soft edge, and Lee ND-grad hard edge.
Bags: F-Stop Loka (main bag), Lowepro (mainly FlipSide 400 AW and Vertex 300 AW (and some times DryZone Rover))

Current Residence: Stavanger, Rogaland; Norway
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Medium
Favourite genre of music: Rock, blues, gothic americana and much more...
Favourite photographer: Joe Cornish, Moose Peterson, Art Wolfe, David Bailey, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Morten Korgvold, Neal Preston, Anton Corbjin, Ansel Adams, ++
Favourite style of art: Black and white landscape photography
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: WinAmp what else?
Shell of choice: Modern
Wallpaper of choice: A landscape photo of Obrestad and Nærheim by yours truely
Skin of choice: My own skin. I'm not like Ed Gein.
Favourite cartoon character: Many but I have a softspot for dexter's lab and Grim's adventures with Billy and Mandy, and also Phineas and Ferb.
Personal Quote: Live life to the max! And I'll get my shots in the end.

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