Next month, The Edge will host a new community exhibition by Australian Fine Art Photographer, Scott Raylor. But, before then, he’s penned a post to introduce himself and his work.
By Brisbane-based Fine Art Photographer, Scott Raylor
‘Good work is not synonymous with perfect work. Art is human. Humans make errors. Thus, art is errors. To require perfection is to invite paralysis.’ David Bayles & Ted Orland – “Art & Fear”.
When it comes to art-making, never were truer words spoken, and as the countdown to my ‘Still Lives‘ exhibition marches on, I am reminded of the challenges I’ve faced over the last eighteen months creating and refining these images. I recall times in the process where my frustration levels have peaked as I’ve sought that elusive perfect image. I’m reminded of the times I sat at the editing desk refining and refining and refining, only to find the rawness of the original image was gloriously imperfect unto itself. Doubt played a major role in this project. I felt at times ineffective, lost, and uninspired, not really knowing which way the series should run. I tried too hard to make images that made perfect sense literally. All these elements joined together to conspire against me, so it seemed.
Only after digging in and waiting for the doubt storm to pass did I realise that all these elements are a part of the process.
This reflection has given me the ability to loosen up; a creative exhalation of sorts. Through recognising the imperfect nature of art-making, I’ve felt the freedom of creative inhibition, and I feel relinquished from the necessity of consistently pumping out top quality images. Only through doing our work, over and over again, imperfectly and humanly, can we find unexpected loveliness in what we produce. And hopefully, others will see this loveliness too.
Meaning-making can so often feel like a solitary mission between subject and maker, but this could not be further from the truth.
The truth is, it takes a community to bring a project to its full potential. Friends and family, galleries, social media and local businesses play key roles in the development of the project. A friend who knows a friend gives you a contact from someone in the gallery business. Friends on social media share posts of your work on their pages, and the local coffee shop offers up a space on their wall for your flyer. One of your mates offers invaluable advice after they have just finished their project, how to save money in certain areas allowing for smarter spending in others, pushing you for one more image that will fit the space that they know so well having just exhibited. The framer and printer bring your beloved project to life through their skill and experience.
And so it is that I’ll be presenting my works, wrought from a procession of images I’ve taken over the last eighteen months, at The Edge, State Library of Queensland.
It is within this bunker of a building, perched by a languid stretch of the Brisbane river, that I’ll lay these images bare to the public.
It’s an opportunity for a stark observation in the duality of what all artists face when presenting works to an audience; it is both the final crowning glory, and the embodiment of out greatest fears.
Scott’s exhibition, Still Lives, will be on display at The Edge from 9-18 December.