A while ago I saw a question on Facebook from a renowned photographer. It went like this:  “Would you still be taking pictures if there was nobody to share them with?”

I would, for sure. I have been taking pictures for years and most of them have never seen the light of day on any social medium. For me, taking pictures is a way to preserve memories. Some day, perhaps, I might lose some of that excellent memory I have today. I hope that that specific day will never come, but in today’s world nothing is a given. I will be happy to look at my own pictures, hopefully adding the memories back into my brain where they belong, associating them with happy times.

Sharing some of them on social media is mainly for the fun, for the little excitement of a moment of recognition. Who will remember a picture that I posted a year ago, a month, a week, or even yesterday? Social media is there to be consumed and digested quickly. In some cases the material presented seems to have been already pre-digested already as well as ready for the sewer.

Is it worth it to make sure that my photography is then swept on the same heap as that of everyone else? Am I so in need of that momentary recognition that everything I post should garner hundreds of “likes”? Should I tailor my photography to the whims of Social Media consumers?

I don’t think so. My photography is for me first, for those who can appreciate it second and third… there is no third. If people I have never met put a “Like” on my pictures or not makes me warm nor cold. However, genuine interest from anyone in my photos is highly appreciated. Even more if I have met that person in person. Will I be catering to these people first?

No. If I do that, my own vision and feelings when I take the pictures will be tainted by the approval of others. My own feelings will then be lost somehow and the memories I might so desperately need later in life would not be my own. Let’s say that my photography is mine first. Anyone else’s to appreciate, but never to influence.

Would I do photoshoots for others? Absolutely. And I’ll do them my way. Photography is a medium for me to convey happiness and special moments in my life. Photoshoots for others will have that touch of my happiness or feelings in them as well, that is what makes my photos special for everyone. Including for myself.

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Henk
2 days

Thanks :) !

sursohog
2 days 3 hours

---Very nice Blog Henk - some nice shots there...-:)

Henk
6 days 20 hours

Presets can speed up your workflow a lot, provided you have plenty of the same type of pictures. People doing weddings will a ...

Henk
6 days 21 hours

Hi, I hadn't noticed that the typing colour was that dark... changed it to pure white, that should do it ... Henk

'Dan..
6 days 22 hours

I certainly agree the use of presets will discourage people learning their own methods but they can offer a shortcut to fulfi ...

Henk
27 days 21 hours

Well, I was told so by a "pro" that later recanted... :-) I removed the name, so at least it is now correct.

josie brendle
29 days

nice blog but sorry the horses are not Clydesdales. Those are a little bigger. :)

Henk
29 days 13 hours

Test comment here

Henk Von Pickartz
29 days 18 hours

This is a comment. I will see if this works or if this will be taken over by spammers. If so, then I will take it down again.