My theory：the reason why we like to make art and photos is to assert some sort of control, agency, and freedom in our lives. To mold reality according to our own will. Essentially with photography, we want to play (visual) God.
We want control and freedom in our lives.
I think every human wants a feeling of agency or control in their lives. Speaking from personal experience, I hated feeling like a slave.
When I worked an office job, I had fun when I had a feeling of autonomy, control, choice, and growth. But once I felt like a “cog in the machine”, and stopped learning, I felt depressed.
I ultimately wanted to become an entrepreneur, and start my own business… in order to have more control and freedom in life.
Don’t be confused.
I think a lot of people make the mistake of thinking that they want more money in life. The secret, people want MORE FREEDOM, CHOICE, and CONTROL in their lives.
- Freedom to do what they want to do, on their own schedule.
- Choice of living the life true to themselves.
- Control of NOT having to do anything (when we don’t want to), and control of DOING what we want to do (without having anyone prohibit or tell us “no”).
Photography gives us control
In photography, we have more control of our lives.
We control what to put into the frame, and what to exclude from the frame.
We have the control to post process the photos as we see fit.
We have control to choose which photos to keep or ditch.
A photographer has 100% control over their images, and in a sense… how he or she lives their life.
Consumerism and photography
A lot of us feel disempowered, slaves to our jobs. Cubicle prison. Golden handcuffs, or golden cage.
We seek more control and autonomy over our lives through our CONTROL of what to buy, or what not to buy.
In other words, we try to assert CONTROL in our lives from our “purchasing power”.
We get confused from marketing, advertising, and the cultural implications of consumerism and capitalism.
Consumerism teaches us,
Show how unique, and individual you are… by buying our clothing brand and driving this car, to show how “different” you are.
I see this with cameras. I buy a Leica, and you buy a Fujifilm. I shoot with a Canon, you a Nikon. I shoot with an Olympus, you shoot with a Ricoh or Pentax. I use an iPhone, you use an Android. I use a Windows, you use Mac.
We try to show our differences and individuality through what we own, or the tools we use… rather than the actual art we create.
Make yourself unique by making unique photos
Let us assert our individuality, our uniqueness, NOT by what we own or shoot with, but the IMPACT of the pictures we create.
Show your individuality by making individual and unique photos to you.
CREATE photos based on your own unique taste, rather than simply following trends online or social media.
Create your own photography culture. Avoid the herd, or the “sheeple” (sheep people).
- Only upload or share a photo if YOU like it. Don’t care whether others will like it or not.
- Make your own photography blog to create your own little play place and visual jungle gym. Your own workshop, atelier, or science lab for your ideas, pictures, and art. Make it through 1and1.com and WordPress.org. Or free option, use WordPress.com and upgrade it later.
- Make photos that bring YOU joy, and wait for your audience to find you.
Why do you make photos? Reflect in PHOTO JOURNAL:
- The Will to Shoot
- The Art of Constantly BECOMING
- The Frame
- How to Increase Your Visual Perception
- Could an AI Shoot the Same Photo as You?
- A Photographer’s Guide to Seeing
- THE LESS REAL YOUR PHOTOS, THE BETTER.
- Photography as Experience
- SHOOT YOU.
- MAKE PICTURES, NOT PHOTOGRAPHS
- Why You Should Ignore Photography and Art Critics
- Do You Live to Photograph, or Photograph to Live?
- Living a Good Life is More Important Than Photography
- How to Start Fresh in Your Photography