Think of “OTHERS”
As a photographer, you take pictures and you do so because you want to show how you see things and all this happens through the visuals you produce.
So, it’s more about how “others” see your pictures more than how you yourself see your pictures.
Things are very simple, nice and pleasant as long as you keep your pictures to yourself.
On the contrary the whole idea of producing pictures is to showcase it to an audience. Earlier when there was no internet, people showcased their work to their friend’s families or clients through actual prints and that too face to face, now it’s become more easy to showcase your work through internet via websites, blogs, social media etc.
Today your work can reach millions in a fraction of second. You want peoples feedback, comments, reviews when you are showing your work to them.
You may be producing an image for a client or for a cause. You may be a professional photographer producing images for the company you work for or you run your own company. You may be an artist or you are just learning photography.Your role as a photographer may differ as per your aim for what you are shooting pictures.
But in any case, and role, you are sure going to present your pictures to that specified clientele for which you shoot for.
In Simple words, you take pictures which are judged by “others” (until unless you don’t show your work to anyone at all)
So, in a way you are shooting for “others” or you may say you are shooting for yourself and trying, that they can easily understand for what you want to convey through your pictures.You want to present your idea and thinking by your pictures without making your viewers confused.
Why don’t “OTHERS” like my pictures though I love them ?
The art is in understanding how your image will be interpreted by “others” and not how you see your work.
This situation mostly develops when we as a photographer can’t see our work being totally detached from it. We forget that the viewers see the visual without all the information and stories which are attached to it during the whole process of producing it.
Photographers have lived the whole process and they even know all the information and stories which are beyond the final frame which they are presenting to the viewers.Photographers makes this huge mistake of not being able to realize that the viewers are not seeing what he/she has seen and lived.
So just don’t get emotional and attached to your work. See it from “other” people’s point of view.
See how they will interpret your image. Try to understand how a layman will feel when work is presented to them.
I agree that it’s your work, it’s your art and it’s the way you think and shoot, but what’s the big fun when most of the people (80% to 90%) can’t understand what you are producing.
Don’t make it an ego issue, rather try and produce work which can be appreciated and understood by almost anyone and everyone.
The real challenge is in bringing out your art, ideas, concepts and soul through your work in a balanced combination where you say what you want to say but in a way that can be understood too.
Never get stuck to a visual because it’s so dear to you though it might not have any content for “others”. Stop living in a fantasy world where you think you know it all. Stop producing shitty work in the name of being different. Face, it that your pictures will be judged by “others” the moment they are out.
Accept the fact that we all want our work to be liked and appreciated by “OTHERS”
So, remember “OTHERS” is very important!
These “OTHERS” are the one who will see your pictures when you are done with your part as a photographer in producing what you thought was right.
If “OTHERS” can’t get what you want to showcase in your work you fail for sure.
PRODUCE WORK WHICH CONVEYS YOUR IDEAS, THOUGHTS, ART, CONCEPTS AND VISUALS WHICH REACHES THE HEART AND MIND OF EVERYONE IN THE SIMPLEST FORM (without any support of words or title, stories or explanations)
START SEEING THE WAY THE “OTHERS” SEE
© ashok verma 2nd April 2017