NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

by Staff June 28, 2016 at 6:52 am

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  1. Simply beautiful. We need creativity because that's the only way we are going to move forward. But as creators we must create the work that has a meaning and can make a change.

  2. Make things that rich people want and you will make a living. Express the things that rich people want to see expressed. It's got to be about them… their interests, point of view or they themselves. In general this is the kind of art known as "schlock".

  3. Caring about something is a highly subjective process, so the premise of "make stuff that people care about" is quite difficult.
    Take care in and care about your work is far easier and IMO more effective.

  4. I suppose we all shoot for different reasons. This kind of made me think back to a conversation I had with someone about music festivals and costumes that people wear. I was always a shorts and t shirt kind of guy, just because I was never really into "expressing myself through my clothing" I felt like costumes were superficial and silly.

    But then I spoke to someone about it and they made me aware that the wearing of a costume isn't necessarily an individual thing. It makes you part of a bigger thing. That is, the vibrancy of the festival. They said, imagine if everyone just worse pain stuff, it sure wouldn't be as beautiful, colorful and interesting. Which I agreed with.

    I guess the link here is, your work might not be groundbreaking, or amazing or whatever. But it's part of the bigger picture. People sharing photographs encourages more people to share photographs, which in turn inspires and motivates more people and creates more art. Even if a lot of it is shit. Imagine if everyone on flickr or whatever just stopped posting. Boring!

    I don't do facebook because I personally hate what it has made us. But I like flickr and I try and share some work on there because I know that when I'm looking through the groups, I find stuff I'm interested in. Mainly analogue stuff now so film and developer combinations. So, my contribution isn't about me getting likes or anything like that. It's about contributing to a community and hopefully someone, somewhere see what I do and learns something, or thinks, I like that and I want to recreate it, or even that's shit and I can do way better. Whatever, so long as it makes someone feel or do something.

    Rant over

  5. Thankyou, a very challenging thought, but this applies to all of us, not only to non professionals, actors painters, who strive to be the best they can be, there are thousands of actors artists, photographers, but who is pushing the boundary's of their art, and within yourself, my photography matters to me giving me pleasure expessing myself, i will not get noticed by others i will push to myself to create art that matters to me.

  6. School of Life did a good video on the importance of Art. In short, we have a system of society and economics which ignore the value of art and the people behind it.

  7. I'm a fashion and Fine Art Photographer, I live in the city where fashion industry isn't a big thing. also making a name in Fine arts is tough, not everyone can understand fine art and unless you're a big name or backed by some other big names, most of the part you'll remain unknown.
    We belong to the time where social media is on rise and technology evolving faster than societies. As a need to market our works, we photographers/Artists take the platform of social media and someway by doing this, the art has become obsolete. Outdated and perhaps it has become more like a news paper that people (most people) read headlines and really never care to read the whole story and by the end of the day the news paper is nothing but some trash.
    We are killing our own work, work that could mean something to someone, I feel happy when I get feedback like my work inspired someone and I feel really great when I get texts from someone whom I look up to but that niche is very less and I'm just making my work worthless by uploading on social media

  8. I think Ted loves photography. Does photography love Ted? I would hope so, but what MATTERS IS Ted continues to employ the wholeness of his heart, when he is creating his photography, when he is teaching us what he knows about photography, and when he is consuming the photography produced by others…. This last point is important because Ted knows that photography is a language and I suspect that there is a connection between how much Ted cares and how much of that language he has consumed.. Care is what Ted brings to the table. Ted understands that when everyone brings all they have, no one goes away hungry. Feast on Ted!

  9. Interesting thoughts that I couldn't agree more with. It really comes down to pushing yourself, not always 'to the limit' but to do something you feel proud of, which often results from hard work. Others can respect that hard work and it will therefore hold their attention long enough for them to ask what the meaning is, at which point the photographer has done his/her job: engaging the mind through visual representation/stimulation.

  10. Great episode, Ted, it applies also to us musician's. "It is not a popularity contest", you said, and that is greatly so. You've inspired me to make a similar episode on my channel. One thing however that I would add, is the fact that I can understand your friend, in a sense, that we live in a time now, that quality on its own will not be enough. Your friend can be the new Ansel Adams, but if he only works with the camera in his hand, chances are quite realistic that nobody will ever see his work, even not through the media we have today (and everybody has). Now, Ansel might be a bad example, because he was extremely clever in combining working like crazy, be talented and add to that a serious element of PR. But still, he pushed a bit harder than anybody else, but that was enough. Today, your friend, even if he were a new Ansel, would have to devote 90% of his time thinking on how to get his work out. And that is something that worries me a bit. Because, in the end, when Ansel Adams was freezing on one of the mountain trips he made, he wouldn't be able to update his social media, answer his mails, pick up telephones, … and because of that, he became the Ansel Adams we know…

  11. you are right… it really make sense and make me think out of the box.. use of photography is constantly changing if we keenly observe . we must me able to find the new ways

  12. Very well said Ted. As someone in my mid-fifties, still struggling as a photographer and painter, I take a lot of encouragement from this. It's very easy to become discouraged, very easy to give up and say "nobody cares so what's the point?" but one always needs to be convinced that one's work is important and meaningful. This is what needs to be discussed, not endless blogs about camera specs. Thank you.

  13. It's not always fair in life that we attribute nobility to jobs that involve helping people to survive – which do deserve that recognition – while many people do not attribute as much nobility to those in the Arts that inject a richness in life beyond mere survival … enjoyment and meaning. I'm not saying we should respect photographers more than doctors or honest financial advisors, but good photography requires what excellence in any field does – a lot of work, study and passion! But people give more credit to the camera than the photographer (just as they might to a computer over the programmer) all too often.

  14. I love you, Ted! It's harsh to hear, but it's true. Everyday we have to push to create something that matters. I really love what you said in this. I'm going to watch this video often to remind me.

  15. And we ourselves should be the target audience of our own work. we should do art that we ourselves are interested in and we would benefit from. Stuff that's hard, dig into the shadow self and bring up personal stuff that you don't wanna share. If you're real, there's a place in the middle of which you'll fall. There's always somebody who needs your art, if it's real. You never know who or when that is.

  16. this is my belief – if nobody cares or show any interests in my photography, it's because I haven't gone far enough. It's as simple as that. Just need to keep developing my philosophy/concept/technique/mediums even further.

  17. Dear Ted, thank you for this. totally agree with your views. objectivity is an asset. my wife aptly quoted "one is only famous when dead". why? b'cos that is it – no more output. whomever owns that output might benefit financially over time. that is, IF said output is unique.
    personally. i've never had a day job. hate that stuff. i am but an amateur tog, but i am a professional composer/muso. believe me, off one hit record one can get rich, even in australia. that's me. but it's bugged my career ever since. (plz, refer to I. Stravinsky, and his first three hits, Berne agreement, subsequent works, etc. ) anyway – all the best, and keep these types of videos happening. you're a muso? try some vids that parallel a composers output to a togs. IMHO, the way to the future is in combining BOTH. in a unique way. god bless. j.

  18. Ted I believe we as photographers are capturing the present so those in the future can look back at the past, which is why I love shooting Street Photography & Social Documentary. Those two genres mean something if shot well and with intent. Both truly leave a record for future generations to look back at. Fine art on the other hand… I will say no more 😛 Sean

  19. The old debate of the Freudian "let it go, ease the pressure" vs. the Jungian "man was given a soul and to fulfill your purpose as man you have to strive to reach as high level of transcendence and individuation …. or separation from the animal world as possible", which results in true passion, in the original meaning of the word: suffering. For your own feeling of fulfillment, you care to share as you have something to say. Not many do. Or nothing important at least. A few of us certainly feel like we don't. But then that feeling might just show that you care more. "Writers are for whom writing is difficult".

    There is one question that lingers and probably makes all the difference:
    (to twist an Edward Weston quote)
    Do you believe that photography is the strongest way of saying?
    I doubt. But lacking anything else at the moment, I still keep at it.

    [Of course, no one cared about this comment either:)]

  20. I think an important part for me is that Iam doing a project that matters to ME. Not just matters in a sense of it being remembered and viewed for generations but pushing myself and growing through photography.

    Iam sure you meant that to some extent put I feel it needs saying.

  21. This is just my opinion…

    I greatly resent this cultural idea we seem to have that photography is inherently art. It drives me crazy. Of course you can use a camera to create a piece of art, but it is so much more than that. Photography can be considered a trade to make income, a record keeping tool, a tool for science, for education, for journalism, for preserving important memories, for propaganda, or just something to do for fun. I hate the cultural idea that just because I'm a photographer I must also be an artist and I must produce a "body of work".

    Also, the idea that no one cares about my photos, or that I don't care about other peoples photos is not only incredibly pessimistic, it's just factual wrong. As far as I can tell, the point you were actually trying to make was "Nobody cares about your ART" which sounds like it may be a far more accurate statement.

    I'm something far better than an artist, I'm a photographer.

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