Life’s a cycle. I am back to shooting weddings. PAUSE… WAIT… shooting weddings in my style… RAW, TIMELESS, MINIMUM PHOTOSHOP, CANDID, STREET-STYLE, FAST, PERSONAL. I love my rangefinders!
This is a shot I took in a wedding sometime ago. As most of you know, I slowed down in wedding photography over the last 3 years, concentrating on other types of photography which my soul needs. I didn’t want my passion in photography to reduce to just a money-making job in my life, though we all need money to live.
Striking a balance between what I really want to do in photography and what is required to make a living using photography is a forever impossible task in my life. But one thing stays true to me, I strive to be honest to myself, to my vision, and live on to develop my personal vision in photography, as an unique expression of my soul, which each individual is and should be different in his/her own way. My previous blog post HERE has what I think each photographer should live by.
The images from today’s digital cameras have greatly reduced the variety of the different characters found in different types of films, produced by different types of cameras, from toy cameras to large format, from pinhole to old brass lenses to large format lenses… “All” we see today, or most images we see online, are either from a Nikon DSLR or a Canon DSLR. And how many of us can differentiate the image from a Sony DSLR from a Nikon? In addition, most of us use the same post-processing software from Adobe.
We are losing a great deal of characters or “flavors”, I called it… from the old days. This is one of my saddest experience in recent years.
Apart from seeing an overload of similar digital characteristic images online in terms of colors, sharpness, digital touch-ups… which make me sick… we also see the other extreme: the surge of lomographers who’s hunting down expired film wherever they go, hipshooting, not looking, not thinking, not studying what’s C41 or E6 processing means, or what’s underexposure. Most of them end up with images underexposed because they know not the aperture and shutter speed value of a Holga, the recommended film speed to use, or what cross-processing means. The pain doesn’t come if the images are of interesting content and reasonably exposed, but the pain comes when they insist it’s ART for the badly exposed thoughtless mistake images. Of course, there are incidents that ART does happen through a mistake, I am definitely NOT referring to that.
As photographers, we all tend to replicate images we admire at some point of our lives, let’s face it. But let us not forget to develop our own signatures, something we can be proud of till we die.
Of course it’s not just the type of instruments we use to make an image different from the others, but it’s the way we see things. We should all have our own uniqueness. After all, God didn’t make us the same. Life is not just about seeing someone else’s image which you admire, and going about finding out and using the same tool and method to replicate it. At some point, it’s time to stop seeing what others have produced, and start making images of your own.
There’s really no right and wrong in arts. It’s only “Like” and “Dislike”. And it all depends on who you want to please.
Without beard it probably helped… (I shaved it off recently)… hehe… if you remember my previous post HERE, this is the same boy I see this year… NO MORE FEARS!
But now, as I look back at my previous shot… reading back my post… I realized I can’t find “the hidden maid” in the picture…. my hair stood up… I shivered in fear for a few moments… LOL.
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This is a recent shot from a dinner I was photographing. Most kids are natural posers. It’s interesting to see how a person’s self-confidence gets diminished as he/she grows up to be an adult. The most difficult people to photograph are people with no self-confidence. Beauty starts from the inside, not outside.
I love this shot I took during an event a couple of days ago. It’s one of those moments which passes in seconds. I am contemplating whether I should shave my beard unless it grows white and I grow as fat (and adorable) as Santa. The recent tan I got from my beach holidays might have contributed to my “scary” look. Well, on the bright side, I think most kids and babies love me cause I have that love for them oozing out of me (I think… haha).
But kids are cute and adorable (on pictures) whether they are crying or laughing. The shot is not “perfect” with the maid standing behind but she does seem to be an authoritative figure standing and watching silently behind. In portrait photography, an expressive moment caught outlaws all compositional rules we were taught sometimes.
Enjoy life! Go catch that moment!
I’m still busy… argh… time is limited… am trying to get back to my routine of posting a pic a day. This shot is from one of the recent weddings I photographed. I hardly photograph weddings nowadays and shall keep wedding-shooting to the minimum. I’m looking forward to the new year ahead and hope to share more knowledge and inspiration with the community. Hope that this site (and my other blog: blogspot) can inspire and help the community in whatever possible ways. Cheers!