Behind the lens (Part 1)
As they say the devil is in the details. A photographer not (fauxtographer) is seen by many as someone who has quite an easy fun-filled life. They imagine they work with some of the most beautiful women whether locally or internationally. They get to be their own boss. But the one thing they don’t really hear about or see is the struggle or toll it takes on you.
I’m going to try to keep this as positive as possible so bear with me.
What happens from time to time is people get these preconceived notions whether from film (ironically enough) or other stories and then begins the stereotype. That they must sleep with their models, or they’re always looking for the perfect woman and they’re a playboy. That they don’t really have to do much but click a button and press a few more to make magical photos. It’s so common to think of these things.
What they don’t see behind the scenes is what I’ll be covering from my personal perspective. I’m not saying it’s right or wrong it’s just what I’ve gone through and how I perceive it to be. Take what you will.
With everyone you meet they’re all struggling with something. For me I am a perfectionist I’ve been trained unintentionally to look at every detail from time to time and when I find those short comings in my own photos I critique myself to the point it can become a bit unmotivating. The cure I find to offset it is simply listening to music or doing something I enjoy.
To me photography is an expression, while you may see a model and a photo I see a way to express myself without the burden of words. To include a piece of what I may be going through or something that I can share without explicitly sharing it on a social media outlet or getting into unnecessary drama.
There is a series I wanted to originally make prints of but instead opted to post on my website.
It describes the empty feeling of being alone, the solidarity when the world around you is deafened by silence. I wanted it to be raw and filled with emotion. Casting didn’t really go as well as I would hope, so I turned to people I knew. For me I used the moments I’ve experienced and translated those into something productive, which was this photo series. No makeup, no real setup just a camera, natural light (for the most part) and an environment. It’s still something I’d like to continue but we shall see if I can find more people willing to be a part of it.
Either way look at the photos and you’ll slowly understand more about the person behind the lens. Here’s the link to the full series Solitude
To be Continued…
Since this is my first blog post let me know what you think of the series, what I’ve written about or if you have anything to add or things you’d like me to write about regarding photography.