TheBurningCrown wrote in post #12861280
The principle of "do what you want and **** 'em if it pisses them off" doesn't mean that you should be selfish and piss off everybody (well, kinda, but hear me out). Rather, it's more in line with the idea that if you do what you really want to do, it will come out far better than if you held back and bent it to someone's expectations.
Yeah...I see what you're saying. And for me, in practice, that generally seems to be true. The stuff that I'm most interested in generally tends to be better than the stuff that doesn't interest me. I'm not denying that.
But...one some level, I get the feeling that that shouldn't be true.
I mean, again, not everything is even mostly about quality. I just feel like photographs (like almost anything else) ultimately exist for some purpose. Whether or not it's "good" is in many far less important than if it simply does what it is supposed to do. At least, that's my take. You very well may disagree. I just sort of think...a certain audience might appreciate whatever photograph. But if you're photographing for a DIFFERENT audience and they are going to hate the **** out of it, then I still just can't see that as anything other than failure. Unless you simply WANTED people to hate it, then the picture clearly isn't doing what you intended it to do. Regardless of how good or bad it is, it just isn't working.
And I guess on another level, I just think that if someone is to be any good, then they shouldn't NEED to shoot things that interest them in order to create good photographs. It's one thing to SPECIALIZE at things that interest me and to be BETTER at things that interest me. But...I try to think of photography as WORK. It's not supposed to all be fun and games. I can be BETTER at the things that interest me, but I still am severely limiting myself if I have to resort to things that interest me in order to gain any level of competence. I have no expectations of ever getting a JOB, but I still like to think of photography as WORK. And when it comes to work, the vast majority of people are just plain going to occasionally have to learn to COMPETENTLY do the stuff that they hate doing. That's not only a part of not getting fired, that's an important part of being a well-rounded person who's expanding his/her potential.
Anyway, what the hell. Here's the picture. I thought about it and...what's the worst that can happen? Worst case scenario, someone I know "in real life" sees the picture, realizes who Clean Gene really is, and then browses through my posts and sees me make a fool out of myself. But then, on the other hand...**** those guys. Since when have I ever made an attempt to impress them anyway? So...why should I care? They aren't my friends and I'm not hanging out with them, so screw it. Here's the pic.
Now, as I said before...I'm not happy with it. The rest of the students seemed to hate the hell out of it, which seemed sort of strange because it's not THAT gruesome or offensive. I can understand no one liking it, but the reaction seemed to be almost as if I had just punched all of their mothers in the face. They seemed to be angry and offended, which was worse of a reaction than I expected. Because honestly, I can see WHY people could get offended, but that still seems pretty damn tame in my mind.
And while the teacher really liked it, I just...don't. I think that the idea has potential, but I just don't feel like it's DONE. It needs a lot more work, perhaps a completely new shoot with a revision on the entire concept. It's like...this sort of looks like I'm on the right track, but visually (and to a slightly lesser extent, conceptually), I just don't feel like it's finished.