Do photos need to "represent" something or have deeper meaning?

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  1. limr

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    I never said anything about originality. I simply pointed out the irony of your saying that you didn't want to shoot the same things as everyone else, and yet you still are. I personally find the photos extremely staged and unrealistic. But I'm sure you'll come back with reasons why they are not.

    As for a photo having a meaning? Dude, whatever. Do what you want.


     
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    I don't think anyone here has said that. For most of us, achieving a good exposure of a good composition is quite enough.
     
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    They sure look planned and posed to me - not that that is necessarily a negative aspect. I've just read in today's posts that Sony cameras remove stars automatically
     
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    To the original question.

    A photo means something different to each person that see's it. For example some people see wildlife photo's as boring and a waste of money. Other's see all the InstFaceChat photo's as a teeny/hipster space.

    Does the photo change based on who views it? Of course not.

    Can the photographer dictate what others think about it. No

    Take the photos you want and stop looking for validation. I take a bunch of photos that I'm sure people hate. The difference. I don't care what other people want until they pony up some cash.

    This was not the original point but since you brought it up. A photo doesn't have to be original in order to be interesting or good. The reactions you've been getting is because you implied you were doing something different.
    Does your photography have an audience and market. Sure.

    Should you worry about what other people say about the merits of your photography? I shouldn't have to answer that but I will. There are many people in this world that will disagree with you and your photography. There is a great two step approach to this.

    1. Realize that they are entitled to their opinion as much as you are yours.

    2. Carry on with your life.

    It really is just that easy.
     
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    Your lack of style screams "slavishly copying stylized fashion" so deafeningly that, well, fortunately I still had my eclipse glasses on my desk.

    Joe

    P.S. I thought the on-camera flash thing was over already -- guess not.
     
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  6. Bill The Lurker

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    tpf is the wrong place to ask for feedback on these pictures

    tpf is about technical details, about managing your equipment, lighting, post-processing and so on. if you were still w orking on focus and exposure, tpf would be great.

    your work is about styling and direction, about collaborating with models to make images technical details be darned. with all respect to the regulars of tpf, almost nobody showing work here has a clue about styling or directing.

    anyone who thinks your work looks like terry richardson isn't paying attention, although obviously your work as some aspects of it. a bit like ren hang, a bit like terry rishardson, a bit like probably half a dozen others i don't know. a bit more punkrock than either other those two.

    you're right it's a remix. to my eye its a moderately distinctive remix, it's quite sexy (both the +ve and -ve connotations of the term)

    looks like you're on control of your work making the results you want.

    a bit surprised there's not more gushing about your work because after all nearly naked hotties. if you hadn't put the stars on i assume you'd have gotten more positive responses but im a cynic

    my only feedback is the bare butts look fake. you've got a semi-gritty aesthetic but you're smoothing the butt cheeks into globes of plastic perfection i think. it jars.
     
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    Who cares... If you like them, great.
     
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    Just because someone doesn't show it doesn't mean they don't understand it.
    I don't shoot a lot of different styles. Doesn't mean I don't understand them.
    I don't paint but it doesn't mean I didn't paint....for years.
    I don't play drums but it doesn't mean I didn't.
    It's a pretty shallow slice of someone that is represented on a single platform.
     
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  9. Bill The Lurker

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    fair enough what i see on tpf of model/fashion/sexy material looks to me to be largely undirected and unstyled while the attention to lighting and post processing is substantial
     
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    ironic that you mention that in this thread considering the OPs first post was about how his photography is "lifestyle", "candid", and "unedited".
     
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    davids pix are unedited and candid the same way a d&g ad is
     
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