James Livingston | Photography and Computer Graphics
Why do you do what you do?
I returned to photography after a long hiatus. I have several physical disabilities that limit my mobility and cause me a great amount of pain. Pain medications robbed me of being able to function so I just toughed out the pain. I found as I was focused on composing the image for my camera, especially in nature I became less aware of the pain I normally struggled with. And I found myself walking more to get the shot that I wanted. One day I realized I had made it back to my car with out the cane that I was using to get around with. I left it some where on a trail. The other issue is I find I am often able to express emotions in the images that I create that I would otherwise not be able to vocalize.
What is the question you never want to be asked regarding your art?
Why is it so bad!
How do you know when a piece/series is finished?
I can work on the same image editing it for months. There comes a point where there is nothing left to edit. My mind is at rest with the image and so I move on.
If you could interview any artist (living or dead) who would it be?
Carl Jung. Most people know him as the psychiatrist. I recently purchased a book he wrote, called “the Red Book” which he illustrated himself with some of the most beautiful paintings and illustrations. I was astounded at the quality and the depth of the work