Feeling a little (actually, a lot) annoyed this morning as I scan the interweb for photographs. Even though we have an enormous amount of photography today, there is less originality than ever. Rather than developing a unique vision, most “photographers ” (I’m not even sure what that term means anymore) simply do what other photographers are already doing. And then the general public turns around and tells them how fantastic it is. Even the “best of the best” simply turn out photos that I consider “beautifully unoriginal”.
I call bull shit. Being a photographer is not simply having the right camera or lens or knowing how to use a flash. It is about developing a way of seeing or a unique vision or whatever you want to call it and then having the courage and developing the necessary skills to follow that vision wherever it takes you. Why would I want to take the same pictures that somebody else has already taken? What’s the point of it (other than making a few bucks, I guess)?
This photo is an example of what I mean. I have seen lots of photos from our local Cobble Beach, many of them the same. But I have never seen one that looks quite like this. It is how I saw it. It is not a copy of someone else’s vision (at least, that I know of), nor has it been influenced by a client’s demands. If nothing else, I take pride in knowing that I am sharing something unique with the world.