Right or Wrong?

One of my biggest struggles becoming a photographer is the question of what is ‘good’.

I like things that are empirical, that can be measured with certainty. I like right and wrong – and being able to tell the difference.

The problem with art is that it’s impossible to measure how ‘good’ it is empirically.

Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder.

What I think is amazing, someone else may think is awful.

What you love, I might hate…… and that’s ok.

Take this picture, for example:

two versions of the same image for comparison

When I did a survey on Facebook, 80% of people preferred the image on the right.

That’s a fairly overwhelming majority.

However, that still means 20%, one fifth of the population preferred the other.

So how do you deal with that as a photographer?

I’m not entirely sure of the answer to that, but here’s my take on it:

I take two types of photograph.

  1. Art
  2. Pictures for other people.

My art is mine. You like it or you don’t, that’s up to you, but it’s mine and I do it by my rules.

No Lightroom, no Photoshop, it’s just what I can create with my camera.

However, pictures for other people are not for me. They’re not mine, they’re something I’m creating for someone else’s taste.

Someone else’s tastes. That’s the crucial point.

It doesn’t matter whether you prefer red or blue, bright or dark, modern or old fashioned. What YOU like is right – for you.

So, there is no right or wrong, there is no one answer. Right or wrong, right or left, the choice is YOURS, not mine.

Sure, my own style as an artist comes into it, but my style mixed with your preferences makes for perfect pictures – for YOU.

By the way, this is how the final image came out….

Bella with her arms outstretched standing in the pool

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  1. Yup, love the final result. And the thing about art is being comfortable with your own thing and not getting upset that someone else might not like it as much as you and that is hard. But as you’ve found you can still compromise to give those people who don’t share your views what they want and not force your version of art on to them so you can make a living. I think they are all brilliant, I just prefer some to others!

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