Wednesday, February 4, 2009
The Bitter Photographer
I came across a post today at a blog I frequent left by The Bitter Photographer and had to go check him out. Wow. I have to say it was so refreshing. He is blogging about things so many of us are afraid to say out loud or we share only in the safety of our inner circles. Of course he blogs anonymously. Why not! Who cares who he is. The point is he is saying things that most of us photogs think- maybe the well balanced, spiritual giants don't think this way. I know I am working on staying positive but sometimes I just got to let it out. One of the post was particularly hilarious (all of them are hilarious). It was about Kwaku Alston and his similarities to Jay Silverman. Why I find this particularly funny is people rave about this photographer's ability. Yes, he is good, but he has taken some pretty ordinary photos, just like us all. So why do people rave about his work as if it was fabulous and worthy of adoration. Not long ago I had the privilege of meeting with a particular photo rep turned photo consultant who took a considerable amount of time oohing and ahhing over KA. At that time I had no idea who he was and I was like...."what is this all about?" I felt like I was in the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale "The Emperor's New Suit." The Bitter Photographer is probably not a blog I'll go to everyday, and well he isn't really posting anymore, but somedays I will have to check in to see if there is someone out there seeing that the Emperors is in his underwear.