"Nobody Cares About Your Photography"

"Nobody cares about your photography. Nobody cares about your art. With the modern technology we have, why even bother hiring a photographer?  We can just take selfies with the iPhone or decent cameras, it'll get me far more 'likes' on Facebook"
 
 "Zootopia"

"Zootopia"

 "Modern People"

"Modern People"

Yep, sounds about correct, right? Sounds like a bitter truth? I mean it is the same remark: "who wants to go out to the live performance of Shakespeare when you can stay home and watch you tube video on my iPhone for free?'  In fact, the world doesn't need any more Artists. It doesn't need anymore musicians, writers, filmmakers, artists or actors either. We have enough. Its over-saturated on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube." 

 "No ho"

"No ho"


BUT....

The world does need the true art. we always need something that does matters....in fact our culture....no, the world's SURVIVAL is DEPENDENT on works that matters.

Take Steve Job for example. He started in his home garage, building computers that leads to the iPhone we have today. Do you think people really care about his work at the time? No. Even when his work is becoming known, he refused to abide what people want him to do. His paraphrased quote says, 

"You can't rely on knowing what people want. You have to be able to show them what they need." - Steve Job

As a result of his years of struggle, we have Apple products THAT MATTER TO THE WORLD TODAY.
What Steve Job has achieved is not something you can make it happen over night or couple days. What he achieved is no Viral Video or winning the popularity likes on Facebook.....To create something THAT MATTERS by pushing one's limit in spite of his/her uncertainty is not an easy thing to do. Only those who have the passion and courage to take their action can eventually create something that maters to the world, and that is no different in the world of photography or in any field of arts. 

  "Unless you photograph what you love, you are not going to make good art."   - Sally Mann

I love my family. I love real arts and real artists. I love and hate people on streets in this world. That is why it is crucial for me to keep creating something that matters in the world of photography. As matter of fact photography is an extension of my passion towards all types of true arts. Whether it is Theatre, film, music or martial arts. It is my way of capturing and preserving the important moments of Life and art, considering those true moments DO matter to a person, to people, or to the WHOLE WORLD in the future. 

Granted, "Nobody cares about your work." now, but the world surely needs works that matter. So what am I to do now?


 

 "Tout Va Bien"

"Tout Va Bien"

Reason Why I Do Not Work for Free.

Dear my future clients,

This blog might lose some fans of this page, BUT it is something that needs to be said.

Ever since I started my own business as a photographer, I get so many inquiries that ask me if I can do my photography service with for free or really cheap price…

There is a HUGE misconception of being freelance photographer. With today's vast technology of convenient iphone camera and cheesy instagram filters, doing photography seems an easy business....well, it's not....Nor will those expensive "Professional" camera or lens make "amazing" photo.

So what really counts? What makes great pictures worth your money?

It takes a lot of work, time, patience and sensitivity...
When I shoot photographs, I focus and frame like there is no tomorrow. Because I know those crucial moment I try to capture will never come again.... regardless, I am shooting live performance, street scene, or portraits. There is always this "fraction of second" that expresses human-element which is truly honest and beautiful. What Henri Cartier Bresson calls " A Decisive Moment" cannot be paused again. "Life is once and forever" and it is my job to capture it. 

When I post-process photographs I took, I put my heart and soul on each image. I cannot help taking a long time on it because I pay attention on every pixel and grain that will affect the overall picture. It takes great deal of patience to create a photograph that touches your heart.

My photographs have particular styles which come from my dramatic theatre and cinematography background. They all come from my own naked soul and no other photographer with expensive professional camera can imitate them. Now how much would that worth? 
This type of attitude can be generally considered "pretentious" but I think it is very crucial to all artists.  In fact,  it is not only crucial, but is actually a REQUIREMENT for every starving artist to stay alive in this age.

I hope this blog can inspire my good artist friends in some way and also help me connect with people who truly value my work.