It's really hard to maintain a website that's content based with fresh ideas and content based... For example on my Tumblr, I try and post photos I like from my Flickr page. On my Flickr page, I try to only post photos that people may potentially want to look at. When I'm in lightroom, I try and only edit worthy photos. And finally, when shooting, I try to only capture scenes that are actually interesting... I still end up sharing too many photos at the end of the day. Not everyone wants to see my photo of something mildly intriguing with a shallow depth of field. Sure, the photo is in sharp; sure that bokeh is quite creamy - but anyone who drops some $$$ can get those same exact results. I think photography should be about your unique interpretation of your surroundings. But, should you share your interpretation if it's the same as everyone else's... Sometimes I wonder what it was like to be a hobbyist photographer in the pre-digital, or even pre-social media days. Personally, when I capture a captivating frame, I want to immediately share it with the world. I want people to say "Hey, that's pretty neat." And you know, maybe some people do.. and that may just be it. A lot of times on Flickr and Tumblr, I'll throw favorites and reblogs around like giving out candy on halloween. I think what I just favorited was cool, but that's about it. Every so often, I'll come across a photo that just completely captivates me. Of course, I'll click that like button. But after, I'll just examine why it works so well... I'll even start to doubt my own abilities. Do people feel emotion from any of my photos?
All of my work (99%) is in a digital format. I have a few film frames that I like, but even with the advent of digital scanners, I find it hard to share them with other folk. What did people do with their photographs and slides during film? Who was going to see their work? Maybe no-one, and that's the way it should be. I've heard the phrase "Shoot only for yourself," and I've been taking it to heart lately. Even if no-one cares about my work, as long as I'm proud of it, that's all that I really need to fulfill. But perhaps, sharing your photos physically had much more impact in the past than in the present-day. Digital photos are so ubiquitous now, that even I scoff and disregard some amazing photos I see posted on social media. There's so much saturation that it's hard to really appreciate any one thing in particular. Imagine being presented a physical photo of yourself weeks later it was taken by one of your photographer friends? "Remember this?" "Oh, that day was so much fun!.." I've started trying to print my digital photos from Shutterfly in particular. They always have those "X amount of 4x6 prints for free! (just pay shipping)" and I love ordering prints during those deals. Recently, I gave one of my best friends some photos of her and her buddies from her recent birthday. She was ecstatic, and I felt as if she was really going to enjoy them. Ya know, it's just different viewing photos on a screen versus in your hands.
Really, most of this post was just a lot of stream of consciousness, and it may not really end up being cohesive. So back to my original ideas:
- Shoot for yourself
- Only post your best work (so you can touch other people's lives)
- Print your digital photos, or develop those rolls of film!