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posted by alias Vemsteroo on Wednesday 19th of April 2017 10:48:44 AM

Yesterday morning I drove out to Rannoch Moor against the advice of the weather forecast and I was treated to a few minutes of glorious, if intense, red light on the mountains. This is a conflicting image for me. Yes, I've played with the contrast of the original RAW file and yes, the colours are somewhat overwhelming, but to me, this is what I witnessed. When I posted this to Twitter last night, I felt apprehensive as there are a few cliques of mostly male photographers who have no problem criticising without invitation. You could say that when one posts to a social media platform, that opens up the playing field, and I appreciate that, but criticism is a delicate art, especially when it comes to creative endeavours. In a way, it's the artistic equivalent of mansplaining, as if they have a uncontrollable urge to pat me on head and say 'oh dear, you'll do better next time if you follow these rules'. Saturation has become a dirty word (and rather aptly, both my vibrance and saturation sliders are at -3). More and more there is a pressure to conform to a very narrow definition of what photography is and can be. There is a little point in arguing with such individuals, there objective is less to help me grow as a creative, and more to make themselves feel superior. As I said, criticism is a fine art that requires thought, trust and respect. Spitting out 140 characters of unconsidered criticisms is much more self-satisfying than taking the time to take me for a drink, or even send an e-mail, talking to me like a human, building up that relationship, for the benefit of both. I'm no child, I'm a 34 year old woman who runs my own photography business, works as an academic, has travelled the world alone. When I was 17, I was told I'd never succeed as an artist because I was too literal, by a mostly male establishment. It stopped me pursuing the only career path I wanted when I was young. Nearly 20 years on, and the same bullshit elitism is still evident, in the photographic industry. This time, I won't be deterred by insecure egos. This is my vision, this is my art, it is no better or worse than anyone else's, it does not conform to someone else's idea of what photography is or can be. This is my vision of yesterday. Bright, colourful, intense, optimistic, much like me. You want to discuss art with me? Let's discuss, respectfully, with love and honesty in a safe environment. I've grown so much from those kind of discussions. But I won't wither, or conform. It's never been my style. Twitter | Website | Facebook | Instagram



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