PURE DEAD STREET PART 2
Today, I am shuffling (get that song out your head!) mainly because of a bad foot injury which I self inflicted on myself full of Scottish tea or alcohol as it’s more commonly known. Terrible tissue damage to my poor right foot, it was at this moment I knew the promising football career I never had died it’s final death. It was a sore injury and one nearly 2 years later still gives me grief. Self inflicted and unforgiving, it really is grim especially as I like to walk for miles, there is something amazing about a walk, something special about a walk through Glasgow, even the most brutal of weather is liberating if you grin and bare it, you get used to it.
DAMP AND DREARY
Today’s walk was damp and dreary (I will write this a lot seen as I’m Scottish) sometimes mother nature gives us immense sky’s , other times its as thought she just washes them in a whitish grey glow, no life, no nothing, just a bright grey smooth sky. So I charged on determined to not let my dodgy foot and dreary weather stop me from getting some snaps. I had no option but to take a detour into Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art as it was Baltic, and my foot felt like a steam roller had run over it, the damp cold weather nibbling my poor right foot to a very uncomfortable pain.
As soon as I stepped inside the GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) it was like a booster shot of pain killer, I immediately forgot all about my wee poor foot, and set about McSnappying inside this outstanding building. I must admit to being somewhat baffled by modern art, especially some of the interesting pieces on display in here. Baffled in a completely complimentary tone of course, because that’s the beauty of art, it can stir even the most boring of emotions, after a quick fleeting appreciation of what are some outstanding artists work, I couldn’t help become more interested in the building its self and some of the people who were just as baffled as me at the works of art before them.
I made my way up the impressive stair cases to the top floor and absorbed the culture of creativity that resonates from this building, although I stated it baffles me at times, I do have a wonderful admiration for artists and their passion, and of course their talents. Does it matter if I am scratching my head, of course not, the same can be said for some images I take, sometimes I get comments on social media platforms like “what’s the point of that image” lol….seriously other photographers actually ask other photographers what the point of an image is hahahaha, quality.
Even if some of the art in here baffled me or left me cold, I’d never be so ignorant or arrogant as to ask what the point of it was…because it’s clear what the point was it’s art, its creativity, it’s someones idea, suggestion , mark, creative outpouring…. someones interpretation of something they felt or saw or even touched, who knows!, who cares, I encourage it always. Yeah before you lose your friggin minds, of course there is a place and time for critical evaluation of work, even artists, poets and photographers need to be critically evaluated. But I am a strong believer in evaluating when asked, and on technique or suggestion on how to improve the image not on someones opinion which is about as relevant as a chocolate fireguard. A personal opinion is redundant.
Hence the reason why I say the art baffled me, I have no idea how to improve the art I speak of, I don’t know if it’s critically any good, I have an opinion, but it’s not even valid, it’s my opinion on something I don’t know anything about, so it’s obsolete. Even if I did know anything about the art I was looking at, my opinion would still be obsolete because, well it’s only my opinion, 1 person from the billions who live among us.
So for the people who feel the need to comment on other peoples work or effort with the ridiculous and rude comments such as “personally I don’t like it, it’s my opinion and I am allowed it” please be advised that it’s perfectly acceptable to receive a fitting reply like, “Personally I don’t give a fuck if you like it or not, cause I personally think your a complete tosser!” and you are. Away with your personal sanctimonious opinions, bring something of value to a comment, like a suggestion for the artist to try or something you feel would make a valuable contribution to the creative process, a personal opinion is not valuable or even credible. Not even the greatest artists or creatives minds personal opinion is valid , their creative suggestions however are well and truly received and noted, and even these don’t need to be acted on. Art is subjective, and today my subjective mind is baffled, and , I like it, thank you art and thank you artists…. my baffled mind was inspired so job done I think.
Have a wee look at some of my PERSONAL favs from my limp around the GOMA Glasgow.