And so here it goes again, apparently I am often wrong according to several people who come across my blog. I’m wrong because I like grainy pictures, I love not being able to make out every single detail in every single image. I’m wrong for my political beliefs. I’m wrong because I don’t shoot RAW for everything I shoot. I’m wrong because I believe in equal rights and am against sex crimes. I’m wrong because I accept everyone for who they are and do my best to not judge them.
I have been told I am wrong because I don’t pay the models I shoot. I have been told I am wrong because I don’t charge enough for anything I shoot. I have been told I am wrong because I don’t use the newest camera available to me. I have been told these things by veteran photographers, new photographers, and random know-it-all people on the web. But guess what, I don’t think I’m wrong.
There is a song by Luther Ingram called “If loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right” and I think I am just going to take that philosophy for my business. To all the people who just seem to know so much about everything. Go ahead, be right. I’m cool with that. I love doing things the wrong way. I love getting that perfect mixture of imperfection. I love standing up for what I believe in. I love not shooting generic crap.
There is one amazingly great thing about being wrong, okay maybe a few things. I have no expectations to live up to. I have no rules to follow. I have no worries. In fact, I don’t even have to take the criticism because it just doesn’t matter.
I am wondering if I should tell the magazines I shoot for and the clients who pay me lots of money that I am wrong and they are probably wrong too for liking my work so much? Got I can’t believe so many people have the same bad taste I do.
Okay, enough sarcasm. I look at my images in one way and only in this one way. What is the final image going to look like? I think this before I even pick up the camera. Do I want it gritty, do I want it overly sharp, do I want it color or black and white. I make these decisions before I shoot. The only thing that matters to me is what the end result is.
So keep on telling me I’m wrong, and I will keep on smiling and creating the images I create. Because if loving what I do is wrong, I don’t want to be right. 😉