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Rodney Mickle
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Washington DC area based portrait and event photographer

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Pablo Picasso once said "[g]ood artists copy, great artists steal." I was asked what I thought this means
I think Picasso's statement is simplistically explaining the evolution of an artist.

An artist's development generally follows this pattern:

1. Emulation - copying others idea/concepts to understand how they accomplished them
2. Transformation - playing experimenting with existing ideas/concepts to test variations
3. Synthesis - taking existing idea/concepts transforming them and combining those transformations into something new
4. Evolution - creating a new style/genre from the synthesis of transformed idea/concepts

I think what Picasso was referring to are those that are stuck at merely emulating, satisfied with just copying an idea/concept,  while others will seek to understand the idea/concept in hopes of developing or creating something greater from it by incorporating the ideas and concepts into their work. It's not enough to just copy, you have to have a deeper understanding to "steal" something. For a great artist "how" isn't good enough, "why" is more important - the mark of a good "thief."

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chesya Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
You have the gift to elide feminine and masculine visual cues to render real an impossible erotic dream. I am spellbound.
SarcasticJuly Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014   Photographer
I like your gallery. Really nice work. 
Oslophotographer Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   Photographer
I love your work!:-) Very inspiring and good for eyes. Thank you.
neiladamson Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Some stunning models beautifully presented - these images are fantastic
Apocalypsoid Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Another fan and watcher.
JMK-Prime Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Should you, you know, put a tag on your photos?
Rob-Satanta-K Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A wonderful gallery to behold. So many favorites I couldn't possibly have commented on them all, suffice to say you possess a rare gift for capturing the beauty of the female form. 'Watching' with pleasure.
MickleDesignWerks Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the kind words :)

Glad you are enjoying the work!
vscan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Thanks for the invitation.:happybounce: 
Manyroomsphotography Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for taking the time to share your extensive gallery.  I got pulled in to look and kept looking at more.  Very creative, erotic, a bit raw in a good way, and technically excellent.
Your journal comments showed experience and wisdom.  Again, thanks for sharing.
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