But one day I was on Instagram
and I happened across photos from a bunch of “big” photographers that get hired to do “big” assignments. Now, before I say what I’m about to say, I want to first go on the record as saying I understand the concept of “to each his own.” I know the style of photography that I love is not the style of photography that everyone else loves. Hell, there are like fifteen bazillion styles of photography in the world, all of which somebody has probably found a way to make a living off of. I also understand that a lot of the time (especially with weddings) the client, not the photographer, is largely responsible for directing creative. So if you don’t agree with what I’m about to say, that’s fine, and I hope nobody takes personal offense.
But damn these photos are boring. Every car photographer photographs a stationary car on a scenic road or in front of a wall. Every person that visits San Francisco spends their vacation taking photos of a big stationary bridge from different angles. Every travel photographer puts their tripod on the ground and takes a photo of snow capped mountains. And all of these photos require big fancy lenses if they’re going to be above average. But really that’s all it requires.
“Well,” I thought, “I don’t want to take photos that anyone with a equivalent lens and a plane ticket can take. I want to take photos that can never be replicated because I captured a compelling, authentic moment in time that can never be recreated, at least not exactly.”
With that, I looked back at some of the photos I’ve taken with my $600 camera, and I was disgusted. Sure the quality may be crisp and there may be good depth of field, but these photos are borrrrring. Easily replicated. Forgettable.
It dawned on me: ever since I stepped up to a “real” camera, I’ve been so busy playing with my ISO and aperture that I’ve forgotten why I picked up a camera in the first place. To capture the moments in my life that make me feel alive. Here are some of those boring photos: