In one of the talks that I give I discuss in a bit of detail my thoughts on how, as photographers, we can be trained to not be individual. We all need to know the rules and then know when to break them. For example the rule of thirds, and the exposure triangle.
So, when you do produce something, you would really like people to like it, but that’s not always going to happen, and then you have to grow a thick skin – because if you don’t, you are going to get upset, and, maybe, go on to produce work that hits the middle ground, where perhaps there will be nothing new or exciting. It’s safe, but boring. If we continue to produce work that everybody agrees with, then it won’t be as creative or imaginative as it could be.
I do think that photographers should produce exactly what they want to in their art work, and then they will know that what they have made is truly theirs. The world will just accept it, or it won’t.
I’ve said this before, but when I was working for clients, I had to produce work that was exactly what they wanted, and how they wanted it, in the time scale that they wanted. Since retirement, I’ve been able to contradict all those things, and I produce what I want, how I want, when I want.
If people don’t like what I (or you) do, then it has to be OK, because it’s really not necessary that they do. The artists responsibility here is to keep producing work that suits them and which allows them the freedom to breathe.
Image making should not be about winning a popularity contest, but rather it should be about being a personal creation.
Photographers love photography, which means we love the production of images, which in turn means we love art itself – and if we don’t love art, then we should. We should pursue the study of painting, sculpture, needlework and every other kind of art. Looking outwards from our specific hobby can only increase our awareness of light, shape and form.
We all have a variety of music that we love, films, and paintings, so why should photography be any different. Look for the ‘different’ and enjoy…..
We are still somewhat in lockdown – and it’s a good time to experiment with new ideas, and even genres.
As an aside, I did get the portable bird hide out again – sadly at the end of the lovely weather – and for the last few days it’s blown a gale, and poured down with rain. The benefit was that the wet earth brought out the ‘bugs’ for the starlings, and I got natural food rather than the dried mealworm I normally see them with.
So, as we work our way out of lockdown – do take care, enjoy your image-making, and stay safe……
6 thoughts on “Do What You Want… When You Want…How You Want..”
Again your musings raise points that some would rather ignore or mould to their own views whilst forgetting that without innovation progress will be slow or stagnation will prevail.
I have in the past been guilty of holding back from being even mildly radical so that my images will be acceptable to and, hopefully, well thought of by judges etc. but found this to be restrictive and suppressive.
For the most part the images I enjoy producing most fulfil a thought or concept that came to mind and although such images may not always find favour the give me pleasure and satisfaction in the creation process.
If I can also learn something in the process so much the better.
Once again you hit the nail on the head, do what you like and enjoy your photography, rules are made to be broken but still to be aware and be guided by the rules as well. Thank you Diane, keep the good work up, looking forwards to your next blog
Thank you Brother…… 🙂
Well said Diane, I’ve been doing just as I like (photographically) for a long time now and haven’t impressed anyone. Only myself.
I really like the two images on your post, the Starling especially. Take care. 😊
Go for it – please yourself first, and then other people after…. 🙂