What is the difference between photography you like and photography you love?
It is a difficult question to answer because both may be related to the type of photography for which you are passionate. Do you know what your passions are? Do you know what you love?.
If you are like me, it can be difficult to define your passions, and it becomes more obscure mostly due to the second question.
Ask yourself this: do you know the difference between the things you like and things you love?
As a photographer, I am a generalist, and I take pictures of anything I feel is interesting to me. I do not shoot what I think others will like or love. I consider It’s my shot and my imagination.
Personally I enjoy photographing a wide variety of subjects — architecture, interiors, sport, still life, landscapes, events, models and fashion, etc. Some people may like what I shoot while others do not. Some may look into the technical quality and others may look into the composition or general appeal.
Over the past year, in my capacity as curator for Xposure, I spend most of my time meeting acclaimed photographers and looking at their work. In recent months, I’ve been defining what I love most about images from other photographers and understanding, more about them. Although technical excellence can be essential in specific genres of photography, this is not my primary consideration. In any event, from a technical perspective, it would be an unnecessary challenge to get into the details. Many photographers do not readily share their professional approach or even geo locations, methods of access etc. Notwithstanding, I am more interested to hear the story behind the images and feel the passion that the photographer possesses.
So, when returning to my original questions, I rephrase them to ask “what I love, and what I truly love”? What am I drawn to for its own sake, without considering what I think its market appeal is or how it’s received.
I respect people like Sir Don McCullin, David Alan Harvey, and Muhammed Muheisen, amongst some others. Taking about these three, they rarely go out without their cameras, and they are not going about or following the footsteps of photographers before them, seeking a money shot. However, the attitude and approach each of them hold mean each will have his legacy.
Photography is not about the equipment; it’s not about access, those elements should be reserved for photographers that want to replicate or make money or desire to have the cover page of Vanity Fair. Photography is about our eye.
Forget what sells best, or what the big-shot photographers are doing. Consider what imagery is most interesting to you and do what you love the most.