• David Beatty

Point of View

Updated: Jan 19

It’s impossible to break down the creative process and not point out that point of view exists in every decision you make.

Lets take a quick look at a few of the many definitions of 'Point of View"

  1. a particular attitude or way of considering a matter.

  2. the position from which something or someone is observed.

  3. the place or physical position from which the artist or viewer looks at a subject.

  4. In literature - 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 and through which the audience will be watching the story unfold.

Fostering an understanding differing points of view is important in understanding and having empathy in others. Our world is rich with differing cultural, political, and religious points of view. In exercising your ability to have diverse points of view is also an exercise in understanding the diverse world around us.

Point of view becomes apparent every time you make a choice. Each choice fosters your intention. Each choice makes your work more specific.

When you say yes to one thing you have to say no to something else. Eliminating ideas is cultivating your point of view as much as making specific choices. If you say yes to one thing, sometimes that means you say no to all other options.

There's a phrase known as 'Creative Destruction' coined by an Austrian economist Joseph Shumpeter in 1942. He described it as destroying the old in order to make way for the new. It's dismantling to be innovative. Although rarely used in terms of art, I like the phrase cause it implies destruction as the process of creation. And it implies progress and growth. It embraces destruction as a positive part of the creative process.

Point of view is fostered by making continuous choices that dismantle old ways of thinking in order to make way for new ideas. It's a natural process in the evolution of any artist's point of view.

By making creative choices you define your work and you define yourself as an artist. The process of making sharp, critical choices, gives you an identity. The continued practice of making choices will define yourself as a unique artist with a specific point of view.

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