Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
– Cecil Beaton
I don’t know who Cecil is. Heck, I’m not going to google him either. But I know one thing. He and I shared a passion –
The intense dislike of the ordinary. The need to be different.
I guess its important for us, not to get lost amongst the crowd. We have to stand out. So then, my photography has to be different as well. Something that’s easier said than done. There are days when my creativity runs amok and I find it difficult to rein it in. Then there are days when my head feels like its a beat up old loaner from the service center. So its hard work to conjure up ideas on demand.
Some research was in order. I googled photography. I studied photographers and their methods so that I can be different. I spent sleepless nights thinking. Wondering. Exploring light. Experiencing darkness. I spoke to several play-it-safers, I took notes from the creatures of the commonplace. I bought books written by the slaves of the ordinary. I became the proverbial man on a mission. No stone would be left unturned.
And I found it! I realized the extreme method I had to employ to be different from these zombies of the tried and tested.
28mm 3.2″ at F8 Flash at 35mm 1/32
Almost all of these clowns run around pointing cameras at people. How unoriginal! Not me though. I’m different. I choose to run around with a flash in hand! Eat that Cecil! 😀