I’m sitting here in the studio just before I head off again up north to shoot a wedding this weekend, my absolute last of the season. I must admit I feel a bit fatigued. It’s been very hectic and my shoot calendar is still full until the middle of July with other work, I feel grateful and fortunate for that.
Many things have been floating through my mind over the last month or so. I can’t help but feel that the photography industry has gone mad. It seems we are no longer able to contemplate content, what is apparent is that we as photographers are more concerned with popularity. A sad state of affairs. Recently the Chicago Sun Times laid off it’s entire staff of seasoned photojournalists including John H. White, who won a Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 1982. What then will they do now, turn to weddings, commercial work. It’s hard to tell. With the amount of experience they have you would think doors would fly open to welcome them in but no I can see that some may just walk away and that is not a good thing. The recent censorship of material exhibited in the ‘Reportage’ exhibition in Sydney is another example of things going astray. Are we visually becoming complacent.
My only wish is that we keep questioning what we are doing, changing and moulding ourselves by the life and situations around us. This to me is what we are influenced by along with art, architecture, texture, nature. There are too many to mention. Let’s not look at the latest trends and fads, those photographers have worked hard to find themselves, if we simply copy someone else it devalues what they have achieved. Think before you shoot. Content is what will set you apart from everyone else, not cameras, film or digital, len’s, photoshop, lightroom. What do your eyes see ?
With this in mind I spent time with Narell’s good friend Lisa in Sydney this week. She had contacted me to organise a shoot for some maternity photographs, I must admit I was a little out of my comfort zone as it’s not normally what I do. She was very aware of the camera and was frowning too much, so I put the camera down and we had a cup of tea. We talked about life, love, birth and the wonderful art of being a parent ( which I am still very much learning ). Lisa relaxed and I got to see that side of her that I probably wouldn’t have if I’d kept shooting. You know, the inner soul, the real person, the one who talks about their emotions deeply. It’s incredible when you get access to it. I can honestly say that I came away from the shoot, knowing that I got some wonderful images. Content. So here then is what matters, people. Just food for thought.
Finally it’s winter and cold here on the farm but it’s very colourful. I must get off the computer and into the car, a long drive awaits me. I will miss everyone like crazy as always but at least I know it’s the last trip for a while.