This is one of those before and after instances where I guess it really all comes down to personal taste. I’ve had several people tell me (quite adamantly) that they prefer the original version. Me, I prefer the modified one – but that’s just how I roll.
Bottom line: never let anyone else’s “likes” or “dislikes” dictate your own work. At the end of the day you have an obligation to be true to your own aesthetic. By all means, try new stuff, take suggestions, experiment and be creative as hell! But when it comes to the finished pieces – the ones you would be willing to hang on the wall – I say create the stuff that you love! People in the professional and commercial realm might scoff at that particular notion because it doesn’t result in much revenue. I get that. But then again, my number one goal in life as far as photography is concerned is not to sell shit. In a perfect world, sure! PLEASE give me cash for doing something that I absolutely love! But realistic? No. People today just aren’t willing and able to throw away hard earned money on something as frivolous as “art”, no matter how much they might like it. So for me, at the end of the day, I create the pieces that I personally get a kick out of. Will they resonate with others? I sure hope so. But I don’t (and I can’t) count on that.
I’m proud of this piece. In a year of relatively low productivity, I managed to crank this one out in time for the 2013 San Diego County Fair. Walked away with the second place ribbon for Scenic Black & White (obviously, a black & white version of what yous see above). Not bad!
Check out my next blog post where I will talk more about the techniques used to create the “after” piece. Cheers!