Unless they can see the difference.
Many people cannot see the difference.
So, many people don’t care what camera you use.
The camera doesn’t define you, or make your work. You do!
You define your work. Here’s proof. This photographer shot 100 different cameras, and yet the work all looks similar. Because it’s not the camera. It’s the vision. It’s the person behind the camera.
Photographers tell us as much about themselves as they do the subject they are showing. For essentially they are saying, “This is what I photographed, this is what I made. This is what I like, what I value.”
Look at the photos, ideally on a big monitor and hit full screen at lower right. It’s such a great display.
When I show my street photographs, they are a reflection of what I see and think are storytelling images. To you, they may mean something entirely different or nothing at all, based on your life experiences, what you like and what you relate with.
We all get to finish the art for ourselves.
At a talk about a book, someone commented to the author their take on what the book meant to them, and the author corrected them, saying that’s not correct. The person commenting protested, “Who are you to say what it means just because you wrote it?”
Another good collection of photographs is by Jason Lee, who I recently found out about online. I knew him as an actor from My Name is Earl, but not as a photographer. He shoots several types of film, from 35mm up to large Polaroids.
From the work I see, I’d suggest he’s a romantic, into nostalgia, and maybe a bit of a historian. He likes things that are incongruous. The work certainly has a theme. Many of the images share a similar look–do you agree?
I see a big difference in the look of film versus the look of digital. And I get lulled at times to just use the Nikon DSLR and a 20mm–I feel I can do anything with that, it’s quick and easy. It’s always ready to make an image.
Except it can’t make film images.
And what I make–that also defines me. And you.
This spring, I will be shooting more film than I have been this winter. Both 120 and 4×5. Because that’s what I like. That’s something about me. And you’ll be able to notice that about me in the work.
Or maybe you won’t. But I will. And some will. Regardless, it all comes down to the story I’m telling–what is it I did with that film medium. Photography is a vehicle to take someone somewhere.
We have to take them somewhere interesting, while revealing a bit about ourselves.