If you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one, while losing your own identity.
… be authentic, be yourself and try to build and grow based on that. There are other ways to achieve some kind of success (based on the society-at-large’s definition of success …money, fame etc.), but life is too short to sacrifice yourselves to be accepted by a majority or known to be successful.
Who is the majority anyway? Mediocrity. Yes that (mediocrity) is the shortest way towards money and public acceptance but perhaps not the best way to live one’s life.
… who is willing to work with young and/or less experienced photographers or photography students (at a discounted rate perhaps), please drop me a line here so I can make a small directory on tumblr for younger artists/photographers/followers who have hard time finding good models to gain experience.
Models, please include your city/country and what kind of shoots you are willing to do …. fashion, portraiture, nude, erotic, life style …you can word it yourself etc.
… also please make sure to direct me to an image of yours somehow (they don’t allow you to include links in your messages, so just tell me where I can find your image … any section of your tumblr or public facebook page etc. If I have photographed you before, I’ll use one of my images.)
PS. My involvement ends there …after I have posted the images and links, I won’t be part of the communications.
PS II: If you decided to remove yourself from the list in future, I would do so at the earliest convenience but I take no responsibly if I am not available or have no access to my tumblr account for any reason.
I love you work! I know you shoot film. My question is why? Not bashing, just would love to hear your opinion on the subject. Also to you feel you would be as well received if these were done in digital? FYI I do shoot both
Thank you very much.
It’s hard to explain… one of the reasons is that I have been shooting film for over 2 decades now and I enjoy the process. It’s almost like asking somebody who plays a classic music instrument, why wouldn’t they switch to an electronic instrument for good.
One of the bigger reasons in my case is to limit myself and my imagination … when I choose a certain type of film, I know its characteristics in certain light and situation, so when I am shooting a camera loaded with that film, I compose the frame and set the shots suitable to those final aesthetics … that way I commit to my mood, framing, contrast etc. (which in my case saves me a lot of time and headache) … while in digital I would have a world of possibilities at a later time …that would be almost poison to me … I could creatively play with a single frame for hours and hours … I could do the same on a scanned frame too but since I am committed to the original aesthetic of a film shot frame, I simply don’t …
…and there are other romantic notions of using film ….not knowing how the shot would look like till later, so focusing to story in front of lens instead of keep checking the back of camera or looking at the monitor, limiting yourself to 12, 24 shots or 36 shots per roll and valuing each shutter click for different reasons (time and cost are two of them etc.), hoping for happy unique accidents during shooting and processing the film …
I think, if I was shooting digital, (after finding my language in it), people would respond to it in a similar manner for the most part, since the more important elements in my shots are the subjects and the mood/feelings and the aesthetic are there simply to serve their purpose … that’s one of the reasons that I avoid over producing my work as well since it’ll become a beautiful looking cooked bird in a dish instead of one which is actually alive and can fly.
“Photograph because you love doing it, because you absolutely have to do it, because the chief reward is going to be the process of doing it. Other rewards — recognition, financial remuneration — come to so few and are so fleeting. And even if you are somewhat successful, there will almost inevitably be stretches of time when you will be ignored, have little income, or — often — both. Certainly there are many other easier ways to make a living in this society. Take photography on as a passion, not a career.”—Alex Webb, Magnum Photographer