Bohemian art? #art
I like to experiment and imagine what might be. I was a bit of a daydreamer in junior school, but was that a bad thing? There are thinkers, imaginative people who wonder if things can be different and if life can be better. Some of us think about phenomenon, we tend to think big. Such thinking is frowned upon and held back by the small minded.
Someone asked me how I became so good at photography. I didn’t go on a course, I imagined what might be, what scenes I wanted and what colours would look good. I’m still experimenting, some experiments go wrong and so are misunderstood. Some experiments turn into a kind of bohemian art that people appreciate.
Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds.
I can’t be described as typically Bohemian. I don’t wander very far in reality, but my mind wanders and I try different things. I experiment with writing, with art, with photography, with the food I eat, with the clothes I wear and with the life I lead. It’s a bit Bohemian I suppose.
How about you? Is there part of you that wants to be different. Is there a rebel inside screaming to get out? Is there a gypsy inside yearning to wander?
Meeting like minded people can be a problem. We can’t all just give up what we’re doing and make a new life with the Bohemian gypsies of Paris. Many places are attracting people who are different these days though. The festivals around the country attract the Avant garde, so there are opportunities to meet the free thinkers.
There are some Bohemian schools of art springing up around the country too. I’m not sure how to define a Bohemian school of art these days. I hear phrases like modernism, spoken word and performance in association with art. If it’s interesting and not pretentious then it has merit and so can be called art. Many will look down on photography as not being art, because it doesn’t take the dexterity of a ‘true’ artist. It does however take imagination and that is more important. I shall continue to view photography as art, not the photography of the snapper taking selfies or sunsets; but the images that are created by people who are serious about the medium.
Is there Bohemian art in the 21st century? What is it? We have to imagine to even consider it; we have to dream and travel like a gypsy using just our imagination.
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