Thursday, January 30, 2014

Colorful Inspiration with Mimei

A perfect, sunny afternoon to be outside and be creative!

I had an awesome photo session with Mimei, experimenting with light and various supplies (such as holiday tinsel and colorful pipe cleaners)! Mimei, thank you so much for the wonderful afternoon and beautiful modelling :)

Ever since I quit my office job and decided to go freelance, I've been shooting and shooting - some for jobs, some for personal work. I don't regret a thing about my decision to jump off the ledge and go for it, but going freelance comes along with its own struggles. For example, seeing what used to be just art or enjoyment fit (or not fit) into the confines of work, or finding out what is or isn't good enough. Ideally, I would love to bring my personal sense of art into all my work as well - that's my ultimate aim. But I met with a photography agency in Tokyo the other day, and they kindly explained to me: in order to "make it" as a professional photographer in commercial and high-end photography assignments in Japan, you've got to at least have a certain level of technical ability to respond to the client's every need, or otherwise be a complete unique genius in your artwork. Aka, create work that no one else would even be able to come close to imitating. And that advice led me to reevaluate my work for a moment. Is it stuff that no one else can create? Absolutely not. Plenty of people could do it. Also, I can't say I have the technical ability and knowledge (lights, studio, equipment) of a pro either. Up to now, I've always simply created photos in the way that makes sense to me, by feel, by intuition. The logical path would be to spend time and practice and learn all of the technical skills. But I can't help thinking.. isn't there some other way I can take my work that also feels meaningful and true to myself? And forcing myself to think about creating something *unique* and not creatable by anyone, it feels so...forced. Yet in the end, I should express something of myself in my photos, bring something special to it, some mysterious intangible thing. Or, work for some special cause.

It's not easy, but it's a fun challenge, figuring things out like this. Thank you for reading this and following along with me on my journey as a photographer. I learn new things all the time, and I intend to enjoy the process.

As for the photos this time with Mimei, I'm happy with what we made :)
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