Has the photography community become complacent? The only reason I ask this question is because of some of the work I have seen in magazines lately. Have you looked at the cover of rolling stone this month? Lady Gaga looks uninterested and in fact uninteresting. She is such a character and this image said nothing about her. To me it was as if Rolling Stone said, “well, she’s famous, the photo is so-so but it will sell magazines simply because it’s her.”
More and more I see magazine covers and editorials that are very mediocre. Editorials have never paid very well but you would think that with so many new photographers coming up in the industry that there would be some very hungry, driven and talented people chomping at the bit to have their photos in a major magazine. Is it really who you know? Are the photographer’s being chosen because they have connections in the industry? The only reason I ask this is because the work (in some magazines) seems sub-par.
I remember looking to some men’s magazines several years ago for inspiration for boudoir/lingerie style shoots. The work was so much better 10 years ago than it is now. The models/actresses look so blank in their expressions today, why is that?
Why am I going on about this? Why should this bother me? Why can’t I just ignore it and do what I do?
Because I think photography is so much more than just taking pretty pictures. It’s more than shock value. When I photograph a person, I like to show who they are as well as them looking their best. There is an intimacy in a photograph and we as photographers are lucky enough to share this intimacy with the people we shoot.
It’s about a connection. A good photograph doesn’t just show the connection between the photographer and the person in the photo, a great photograph makes a connection with those who are viewing it.