Oh I have been tired! Tired I tell you! Tired! But... I was re-invigorated by a lastminute.com visit from a close friend from abroad. It was great to see her and we spent oodles and oodles of time chatting and catching up.
Now, I generally try not to work when I'm chatting to people unless I have something very time sensitive to finish. And unfortunately, I had one of those days. I know I know it's bad and I really
try not to do it much. I was putting the finishing touches on a swimsuit type Sports Illustrated inspired image and she neatly interrupted me to have a peak at some of my other images that for one reason or another, can't be displayed online. It's unfortunate when it happens, but such is my life. Top secret images. Non-Disclosure Agreements. Threats of a beating from an angry client. You know how it is.
A woman smoking by Gordon McGowan
I also showed her some images of people I really look up to, people like Gordon McGowan
a wedding photographer who (rightly) charges top dollar for his fantastic work and a few others. I look over, and she was, shall I say, thoughtful.
"I don't understand people who have some of this stuff in their houses."
Okaaaaay... "What is it that you don't understand?"
"I mean, that's just an image of people by a bush. And that one, it's... Yes I can see they are by the water but why would I want that on my wall?!"
"Well, when you put it like that...!"
The old "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" issue.
What beauty is in the beholder's eye? What is it that makes one image good, gorgeous, captivating... while a similar image just doesn't touch you on that level? It doesn't engage you and it doesn't seem to have the almost inexplicable depth that you've sensed in other images.
Fashion? Current trends? Music? Childhood memories? Aspirations? Belief? What your boss said to you yesterday and how it made you feel?
A splash of water, from the series "If Fire Were Water" by Platinum FMD.
I grew up learning science and psychology as a side hobby, so I could talk all day about this. But the truth is, I can't really tell you the answer. But I can tell you we should all be very thankful that we don't all find the same thing beautiful. It means there is someone out there for everyone.
Stay blessed. Enjoy your week.