An ongoing theme of these blog posts has been the role intellect plays in creative expression - "art" – versus emotion or intuition. Here's a telling story from fine-art landscape photographer Andreas Gursky about ignoring his intellectual training and allowing instinct to prevail:
It was 1990 and I was out driving with my family, sightseeing in and around Naples. Late in the afternoon, we came across this view over the harbour of Salerno. The sun was setting over the city so I had to hurry. I set up my tripod and my 4x5 inch camera, then took four frames. There was no time to weigh up whether it was worth it or not.
Visually, everything was completely at odds with what I had been taught. My teachers, the conceptual artists Bernd and Hilla Becher, had told me to avoid photographing with sunlight, blue sky or strong shadows.
I hadn’t been sure the photograph would work. I just felt compelled. It was pure intuition.
Only when I got back home and put together the first contact sheet did I realise what I had. I saw immediately that pattern, that pictorial density, that industrial aesthetic. This image became an important piece for me, a turning point. It opened up a new sense of possibility, stylistically and thematically