“I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand.” -Charles Schultz
Way back in the day the majority of the photos I was taking were in cemeteries. While I continue to be fascinated by the way we remember the dead I have branched out in my subject matter, except for one area. I remember someone commenting on one of my headstone photos asking why I didn’t take pictures of the living. (Never mind that I read it as “why don’t you take pictures FOR a living”.) The truth is I don’t like people enough to want to take pictures of them. This surprises some people since I am around people a lot. 20+ years of working customer service is enough to make anyone a little jaded and tired. People as a photographic subject requires that you get around their insecurities enough to get the photo that is in your head. I don’t have that sort of patience. Heck, I don’t like having MY photo taken. In fact most of my most recent ones have me with a camera in front of my face.
As someone who puts their art out in to the world I find it funny how often people tell me how to do it. “Oh, you should take pictures of X.” Thanks, but I don’t want to take pictures of that. Yes, I know I could sell more if I did, but it doesn’t interest me, appreciate the thought though. It goes on and on. I don’t go to your job and say, “You know, if you changed the order you did this in you would save time.” It is nice that you want to make me more money, but I have to enjoy what I am making more than the financial benefits of the making.
Okay, this post is a little grumpier than I wanted it to be, I really need Spring to get here so I can be outside and clear my head.