Friday, August 5, 2011

silhouettes and the internet

I love silhouette art work. I used to do a lot more of it. Capturing the actions of my friends, and my own actions as well, in frozen moments of time, devoid of identification. Only a shadow of what actually transpired. 

It is all about the story. What can the shadow tell of the life it lives under? What does each line represent? 

All you are left with is a simple profound concept. A movement, an action. Like this picture here, we only know so much. There is a hat, there is movement. Perhaps a punch?

Though as you may see I do break such rules. For my silhouettes lie. They hold tell tale signs of the people the were before. A tie for example. 

But art is a fickle thing in the end. While I am over joyed by such simple things like these pictures and my glorified stick figures I cannot assume others are as well. 

I'm stuck in a crossroads recently with all this art related work here on the internet, my silhouettes reminding me of other times i tried such things. 

The internet has this annoying fact where a lot of what goes on has to do with luck. How lucky am I? Will people find my blog? My stories? 

Of course some do. I love it very much when people find my work, makes me feel like I've really accomplished something. But it has been so many months now. 

How little my impact feels. I don't have any cushion of comments to remind me that people read. I don't have millions of page views to show me I have fans. Over time this feeling builds up inside of me; 

Am I just not lucky? Or am I just no good? I want to tell myself it has to be luck. I have some people who come back to my site. I love them for it. I make people laugh with my stories. I'm entertaining, or else really good at faking it because my friends all seem to think so and I rather value their opinion. 

I don't get messages specifically stating I suck at what I am trying. So that's one more for my "it is all luck" mentality. The worst part being everything about this is speculation.

And i know it is not just me. All over the internet there are other people just as talented, or more so, then myself with the same problem. It can be so hard to work on something you love when no one seems to care. 

I wish I could find all of us unlucky artisans of the internet. I wish we could band together and create something that would be so grand no luck would be needed to find it. 

But how do you find something that is not being found? 


Nyx said...

I really like the colors on the silhouettes, makes them pop.

Mr. Joshua said...

Why thank you very much. :)

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