“Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it”
-Henry David Thoreau-
When is the last time you stepped back and asked yourself, ‘why am I doing whatever I am doing, this way?’ Is it because someone showed you it that way, or is there some rule you are following, that you’ve always followed without asking yourself, why?
When is the last you broke a rule? Not just to break it, but break it because you didn’t agree with it.
Sure there could be sound reasoning behind it, but that doesn’t mean you need to follow it. What happened to pushing the envelope? Testing the waters. Jumping without looking.
Some aspects of photography I feel have become more of a science than an art. The experimentation has fallen to the way side to be replaced by specific formulas, light meters and an expectation that you follow the rules. The rules of thirds, the golden ratio, balance in your image, highlights aren’t blown out, darks are too dark; a nice balanced histogram.
What happened to the joy of picking up a camera and experimenting? Jumping a fence to see what’s on the other side, sneaking into an abandoned building with a camera, a flash and an inclination of what might look cool.
Who cares if it doesn’t turn out perfect? Who cares if what you photograph offends someone?
The goal of appeasing everyone is an illusion of grandeur. How about the goal of appeasing yourself?
Doing what you want to do.
Stu, Tech and I jumped a fence with a camera, a flash, and the idea of doing what we wanted to do.
These images are not perfect, technically or otherwise, they might offend you, but it’s what I wanted to do.
It’s what I though would be cool.
Go out and do something you want to do this week. Try something new. Break a rule.
Have a rad Monday.