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Point of View

It’s impossible to break down the creative process and not, at very least, point out the fact that “Point of View” plays a part every single step of the way. It's unavoidable. Like it or not, your point of view is in every single decision you make.


The definition of Point of View has a tendency to be a little illusive. And even more so depending on the artist you ask to define it. Some might say that 'point of view' is nothing more than an ‘opinion’ and as we know, everybody has one of those.


A simple and direct definition includes ‘a particular attitude or way of considering a matter” or “the position from which something or someone is observed”.


In addition, point of view can refer to the place or physical position from which the artist or viewer looks at a subject.


In literature, point of view can refers to who is telling or narrating a story. A story can be told in three different ways: First person, second person and third person. The point of view of a story is how the writer wants to convey the experience to the reader.


A play’s point of view could be described through the characters. It’s through characters that you’ll be telling the story and it’s through character that the audience will be watching the story unfold.

Point of view also refers to an attitude or opinion the artist is expressing about the subject.

Our world is rich with differing cultural, political, and religious points of view.


Fostering an understanding for differing points of view is important in understanding and having empathy in others


No matter what medium you work, it’s impossible to ignore ‘point of view’. “Point Of View” is in every decision you make. If you are a painter and you choose green to paint the sky, that’s point of view. If you choose photography to capture your subject, that’s point of view. If you’re an actor and choose to perform a comedy monologue, that’s also a point of view. It is impossible to avoid point of view. Your point of view is always present. It is never not part of your process. With every decision you make, you are defining your point of view and that is the process of creating art.


It can, at times feel restrictive because every time you make a choice it’s destructive. When you chose one thing you have to say no to something else. You have to eliminate ideas. But that’s the process of creation. You have all these ideas in your head and as soon as you say ‘yes’ to one of those choices you are saying ‘no’ to all the others. And that process of eliminating choice is destructive. By taking away all the other options, you are destroying your options. The very act of creation is destruction.

However, by making a choice you define your work and you define yourself as an artist. The process of making choices, gives you an identity. The continued practice of making choices will define yourself as a unique artist.


In short, creating your artistic point of view takes practice. And that practice is a continued process of making sharp, critical, choices. The more you practice the destructive power of choice, the closer you get to mastering your point of view.

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David Beatty 

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