As a photographer, there’s nothing else that matters, no one else who gets to decide what is important, other than that which is important to you. Photography is a creative expression, and when we stop looking to create images that will please others, and actually create images that please ourselves, that reveal a little something about how we see the world, only then is the art realized, and we give the viewer a glimpse into our soul.
I can tell you, as a filmmaker, how many Tarantino wannabees I see out there. We don’t need another one of him–we have him. (And one of him is too much for me–I think he’s ultra-violent and sits on that one note too long.)
But as photographers, what we need is to show a side of ourselves that reveals our truth. Then, we have created art. Dare to show something that reveals you.
It’s easy to say what you don’t like.
I hate this, I hate that. You didn’t tell us anything about you.
I like that.
You like that–what are you a freak, liking that? Saying what you like tells us a bit about you.
So does what you photograph.
So, photograph your passion. Stand by what are your favorite images, because they define you, and after we are all long gone, they will be what survive to tell the story of who we were.
Mine is the story of connections in families. That’s my passion–to document the small stories that make up great lives.