Your Job Is To Make Your Art

Don’t look to the public to be the voice that guides what you do and how you do it. It is not their job to mentor you. They don’t know you except through your art. They will pull you in a million directions, hoping you’ll make art that’s a closer reflection of who they are, what they like, what makes them comfortable. And we all creep closer and closer to sameness.

I’ve probably mentioned this in the past but often times, I’ll get the occasional tweet or email from people inquiring as to whether I actually live in New York. A cursory glance at the imagery I share on Instagram and I would probably be asking myself the same question. It all comes back to the fact that I rarely ever publish what’s become the norm for practically anyone who lives or works in New York. It’s completely normal to have that innate tendency to photograph what you’re mostly surrounded by and for me it has nothing to do with any form of iconic cityscape.

Do I love seeing it? Of course but there was a point where I decided I wasn’t going to give in to the default photography when you live in New York regardless of whether you’re 10x more likely to amass more Likes on Instagram anytime a Manhattan skyline photograph goes up. Clearly I’m aware that these type of images have the potential to provide you with that high that some people get as they see their Like count boost up but I’m in no way willing to compromise what I’m truly passionate about in photographing (lifestyle & portraits) just because the public seems to be more welcoming of a different type of content.

In the end, as David mentioned, “you can’t look at the public to dictate the type of work you hope to create.” It has to come from you and not them.