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I used to know this unimaginably bitter photographer who never failed to find fault in every single photography work he has come across, except for his own work of course. He would have a long list of complains about any other photographer’s work, condemning their unimpressive style, non-existent originality and questionable creativity. He often criticizes how photographers these days lack the insight to “read” photographs, and how they lack the element of “artistic sense”. I too, have been a victim through his cruel bashing and unforgiving attacks.
I guess it all comes down to each person’s personality. What do you choose to see, and how you approach people and life in general is strongly reflected in your photography as well. When I am presented a photograph, I would not immediately mark it down and kill it off instantly. I would ask myself what I do I find unique and different in this photograph, what made the photographer choose this subject and why did he adopt the techniques he used to make the shot happen. I choose to see the good things that the photograph speaks, rather than pointing out exclusively the negative points only. Often, the vicious online community (such as photography forums) would pick on technical faults such as poor composition, badly executed lighting, inaccurate white balance, distortion, etc etc. Consequently, how would a newcomer to photographer feel when the first photograph he posted to be commented and criticized received more than a dozen sledgehammers pounding repetitive morale destructive blows?
I am not perfect, no one is. Everyone makes mistakes. I admitted my mistakes, and I too, know my photography has many flaws. However, I did not chase perfection, and I have never done so. I allowed myself to make mistakes. I learned from my mistakes, and sometimes, it takes more than two to three mistakes to open my eyes. I believe the flaws truly defined my own approach and style in my photography, as opposed to strictly following everything that the book or that professional photographer’s advice blindly told me to do. A few small words of encouragement would have gone a long way, instead of hitting down a defenseless broken man who is already down on the ground.
Arrogance is a very dangerous thing in photography. Many photographers do photography as a hobby: as some sort of means to boost self-esteem, or more appropriately put, ego. They crave positive remarks on their photography works. As their ego inflate out of proportion, they would place themselves higher than everyone else, and no other photographer can “match” the standards that they set. I have seen how this phenomenon consumed and destroyed that earlier said bitter friend. We should all lower down ourselves a little, and never look down on others. One photographer may start photography looking like a complete “don’t-know-anything”, but if his heart is in the right place, with the right motivation and a lot of hard work, he may become an award-winning photographer one day. Who is to say that is not possible in a few years to come? Learning to be humble and connecting to others, sharing and learning from one another is a unique platform in photography, everywhere in the world. No man is an island, thus photography should NOT be selfish. Believing photography is selfish will only cut yourself out of the world and trap yourself in a delusional world where appreciation for life and people would slowly fade away. Why choose to end up in such a tragic place?
I can only remind myself to see things more positively, and push aside negativity whenever I can. Learn to see the good in people first, and open my eyes to the beauties around me. Take notice of the good things in others’ photography work, rather than just blasting the negative comments. Give praises when it is deserved, and encourage one another to grow. A little kind word can really make a whole lot of difference for some people, especially beginners.
Smile, and the world will smile with you. Be kind to life and life will reward you kindness in return.