Making it authentic
I met up with an old friend a couple of weekends ago. I’ve actually known him for a few years, but it was only over those two days that I got to know what it is that he does in a real way (or as real as I can). And as much as it sounds so clichéd, he has changed the way I think about my photography and the way I want to live my life. He witnesses things on a daily basis that most of us never have to. Or would want to. Perhaps we might get a glimpse on the news but we don’t really think about it, and we almost definitely don’t feel it. My friend is a war photographer and his images tell a compelling story.
I did a mental walk-through of my portfolio when I got home, and realised that I have far too few images in it that really show authenticity, that perhaps come a little way towards the emotion that were in my friends’ images. They’re not perfect, nor award worthy images, but they are perhaps some of my most honest. Ones that capture people as they really are, where their emotion and personalities shine through the images. And it’s from these that I’m going to move forwards; to hopefully make images that will make you smile, laugh or cry.
It’s the time of year to reflect, start over and make promises, so I pledge to all my current and future clients that I shall strive to create photographs that really make you feel.