I had someone describe me the other day as someone who has beautiful lenses. The first 3 sentences of introduction of me to the table had to do with the cost of my gear. She did mention that I was talented, literally as an aside. “Of course, she is very talented.’ she said. ‘But she has these prime, you have prime lenses, right?…’ I was speechless.
I’ll tell you a secret. It’s not the gear. It’s the light.
The glass is important, believe me. There is a reason those lenses are so expensive. They can take you to the next level. But I see bad photographs every day and the problem is never the gear. It’s always the light.
Get good with the gear you have. Figure out how to take a good picture with a crappy camera. Otherwise you are wasting your money.
That won’t help raise my standing with jealous amateur photographers. But it’s true.
Hey Universe! What’s up?
I just wanted to take a sec to thank you for all the challenging people you’ve been sending me! I particularly appreciate all the ones who question my voice and my right to shape the way I want my work portrayed. The last few weeks particularly.. so much second guessing! So many disapproving frowns! So many people changing my words ‘just so it flows better.’ I’ve taken it as an opportunity to sit back and reexamine how I carry myself and the way I want to be viewed, and to double check myself. Am I not clear enough in my intention? Am I not descriptive enough? Do I need help?
And I just wanted you to know that after a lot of soul searching I’ve come to the conclusion that I am not changing a damn thing.
It’s not that my voice isn’t strong or representative of me. It’s that people aren’t respecting it. And the only thing that I am going to change, is my willingness to accept that.
So thanks, you know, for making me go through that again. So great! But I’m done.
Maybe you could just start sending me people that treat me, my words, and my right to represent my art the way I choose, with respect.
That would be awesome.