I call this project “Celebrate Yourself”, and it’s a part of my creative portrait photography journey, which I plan to evolve into something fun, and a little different then ordinary portrait photography.
In this case, I think, it was more about celebrating myself and getting my idea out of my head, more then the subject celebrating herself. You can’t tell but she was freezing in there and all she wanted was a hot tea and a warm sweater.
Deep inside, my dear friend Iryna thinks, what I did to her on that day was a revenge for all the times I had to pose for her. Well, I didn’t have to but this is what friends are for, right?
For me, this project turned out to be a fun experiment. Not only artistically, but personally.
For me, this project was never meant to be in black and white, you know, like converting the whole picture into a black and white photograph.
I know that for most people it would make more sense. But it’s not about making sense, it’s about being true to oneself. Life doesn’t make sense most of the time. And things are never perfect, no matter how hard we try. And this was not about creating something perfect. It was about creating something that speaks me to myself (it that makes any sense).
Showcasing one of those pictures here and there I’ve already received some comments on how I could improve the image by converting it into black and white, or making the background less significant. Well, that’s not going to happen. Just saying.
In today’s society, people are very easy on giving you advices on how to improve anything in your life, even if they were not asked to do so. And that’s ok. Take it with a smile and move on. Say, “thank you, but, no, thank you” and do things your way. I think, the “super talent” of ignoring others opinion about oneself comes with age, though.
Whenever we get stuff out to the public we are judged, and people are very eager to give us their opinion (doesn’t matter if we asked them for it or not). We have few choices:
- we can do what we think people expect us to do, and not be criticized for doing something unexpected and different.
- we can stop doing anything from the fear of being intimidated by people and their opinions about our work.
- we can be ourselves and have this attitude: “world’s opinion of me is none of my business”
My own decision is to start carrying less about what people think of me, and more about what I think of myself and how I want to feel doing things I love.
It feels good, and I wish I had this ability earlier in my life.
How about you?
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