I've got a lot of goals with my photography, but there are two consistent ones that drive me. At times, the two goals can seem to butt heads with each other and in the past, I've had to learn how to set my own boundaries with how, what, and whom I will shoot. If you've followed my feed for any amount of time, you'll probably notice that I don't post images that sell anything more than the story that I'm trying to convey. There are plenty of photographers who only shoot the prettiest faces and it may be good for their business, but my interest isn't in superfluous material. A beautiful face, body, etc. can only go so far, both in life and in imagery. Without trying to offend anyone who does shoot in this manner, I can't help but think that it only helps to further complicate body issues, insecurities, and lustful desires from the population that consumes the images.
Perception is one of the most powerful feelings that we have as humans. How we perceive a person, a location, or a brand can impact our desire to interact and learn more about said things, or it can cause us to withdraw ourselves from their association. In photography, there is a perception that in order to attract a following, you've got to do the popular things, shoot with the prettiest faces, hike the most epic trails, and capture the coolest moments. There are a lot of photographers who only shoot with women and expose skin in ways that leaves little to the imagination. At a certain point, it desensitizes our minds to what matters a lot more than outer beauty. I'm not gonna lie, I care a lot more about what my future spouse thinks of my work (whoever that may be) and how I've gone about it, than how risque and boundary pushing my images can be.
So therein, lies the challenge. My goals are to succeed and build a brand with my photography, but also to do it with honor. I want to tell a story that is an accompaniment to the image itself and I want that story to help rescue people from drowning, not just toss more water on them while they're sinking. It would be easy (I think) to pick up my camera and only shoot images of model faces, lacking in clothing, and undressing the viewer with their eyes. But then what would your perception of me be? I'd be talking about one thing and showing you something completely different. It's taken me a long time, but I'm more aware now than ever that words, which I'm really good at, need to match actions. Keeping the boundaries in place with my own work is an imperative part of not only my growth, but also in helping to be one less image maker who is only concerned with using objectification to seek fame. #UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 59.