"Here's to the crazy ones, the ones that believe in themselves, the ones that create, the ones that keep pushing through and trying. Here's to the artists, the ones that ignore the people around them that ask "why? Whats the point? What are you going to do with it/them?". Here's to those that see the world differently and try to contribute to it"
My take on Apple's "Here's to the Crazy Ones" there and it's apt as today i went into Foyles on Charing Cross Road, London and found my little self published book front and centre in the photography section.
When i started Street Photography (or any of my "projects") i found myself being asked "Why? Whats the point? What are you going to do with it?". I don't really listen to be honest like most of my life history i just keep on and hope to prove them wrong. I adore Street Photography, it's hard work, requires patience, a lot of walking, an element of guts and quite often no glory. I feel confident i can nail pretty much any interior shoot i do, i cannot say that about Street Photography, it's a lottery and there's now so much of it online there's also a lot of very good "competition".
To be honest with you I do not consider my "Street Photography" that at all, it sits somewhere in-between that and reportage, its simple observations and it is when i realised that and when i had what i felt like was a good selection of images that defined the title i decided to do a self published book. It is a selection of a few of my favourite images to date, i try to be as ruthless as possible and evolve my style as i go along but for now this is what i present and i'm pretty happy with it. It's not about making money, it's just about putting myself and my work out there and at this time i'm just over the moon it got accepted into Foyles!!
To end this blog (sort of rant i guess) I do this and any project because in a world full of pixels and throw away images that we swipe, see and forget in an instant wouldn't it be nice to buck the trend and produce something physical like we used to? And because when i was young i wanted to be an artist and i still consider myself that, but mostly because, while you may not support, you may not like, you may not get what i am trying to do and create.... i do, and hell i'd rather try and fail than do simply nothing at all :)
"Here's to the crazy ones...........because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do"