Photography Critique :: Episode 13 (parts 1 & 2)
Photography critique returns and this time with a special guest!
Our good friend and fellow photographer, David Jackson, was in town this week for a job. We had he and his studio manager, Trevor, over for dinner along with our studio manager, Dan, and we wrangled them all into a critique. Good food. Good beer. Photography! That should be our new motto for this.
This episode runs about an hour and twenty-two minutes so I’ve split it into two parts but I’m releasing them together. Scroll down for part two. Yes, I say the same things too many times. Yes we have fun. Yes it was late. It was all the stuff you come to expect from these things.
If you are new to our critique series here are some things to know.
• You can subscribe to this show via iTunes using this link.
• These are the rules of critique we go by.
• You can find previous episodes listed here.
• My non photographer wife, Meghan, and I do these because we love it and if we can’t have some fun and laughs with it then that would be boring.
• I ramble on and on and on about things at times while Meg tries to keep me on track. Also note that we hit record, do our thing, and upload. I don’t edit these for content once they are recorded because I simply don’t have the time.
• If you want to get in on some critique just email your web address to critique @ zackarias [dot] com.
And here is part two…
At some point in this critique I make a comment along the lines of, “Yes, it is a photograph but it isn’t ‘photography’.” AS soon as that came out of my mouth I knew it may spark some discussion.
Where is that line drawn? I’m not the expert but my philosophy is this; if you are shooting pictures that are absolutely no different then what is expected by a big box store photo studio is it “photography”? Do you enter this industry simply to live inside of a very narrowly defined box or are you trying to put a personal spin on the craft? There are plenty of times I have to work inside of those narrowly defined rules because that is what is expected or needed for the job. Sometimes my job means I’m a skilled technician of the camera instead of a photographer. Most of what we do is derivative of the work others have done for decades before us but the goal is to push ourselves, our craft, and our vision beyond that. We don’t always succeed but if it was easy who would want to do this? The goal of my comment is to make us all question what we do and what we show as our work.
Feel free to discuss in the comments.
Oh… And apologies to all of you who ride Harley Davidsons while wearing khakis and polo shirts.