‘I think there’s value in pursuing work that doesn’t aim for commercial value or validation in the fine art photography world.

I’m trying to avoid being overly cynical but it really seems that these days there’s an unhealthy obsession with the economics of photography and status within the community (whichever community you find yourself in). It just seems like too many people are motivated by either economics or receiving validation from the right people. The internet exacerbates this problem because the currency on the web is attention and recognition. It’s not exactly the best medium for contemplation.

For me though, I’m really interested in motivation, passion and dedication. Why are you making photographs? What are  you thinking about? I find that many people can’t answer these questions. It’s hard, I know but at some point you need to be able to do it.’   (Two hands clapping for full post by Bryan Formhals on LPV Magazine)

2 responses to “‘Why are you making photographs?’”

  1. Stan B. says:

    There’s no question that the majority of Grade A photography is, in fact, made by professionals- those who are paid to do it and whose passion and commitment often exceeds that which they are paid to do.

    Of course, it’s a whole nother world for those of us who do not profit from it financially- and sometimes still manage to produce work that may not set the world afire, but still manages to speak on its own level, to its own audience, on its own terms.

    For some practitioners, it’s a temporary fix, for others who put in the time (as in years and decades), it’s obviously a matter of passion, obsession, necessity- particularly when there’s only a modicum of recognition to be had in a medium whose main reason for existence is to be seen and noticed en masse.

    Do it long enough without the perks and encouragement that most creatives thrive under, and yes, you do it for the love of what you’re doing, wherever it does, or doesn’t take you. You may one day yet be “discovered,” for the proverbial fifteen minutes, or long after you’ve departed this mortal coil. Then again, your work may truly suck… today, tomorrow, always. One can only make the determination to persevere, and whether it’s worth the doing.

  2. To express beauty in the world around me, to enjoy the little things that make the day right, to leave something for my children after I am gone.

    All of this came from a recovery from cancer, and recorded in my blog

    “An ordinary life” which came out of studies in photography at Central St Martins, London


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