By Sarah McLean, Mar 2 2016 07:00PM
Photography is an art.
Art is subjective.
Therefore, one person can absolutely despise that which someone else has fallen in love with.
However, when it comes to anything subjective, I feel album title, “50,000,000 Elvis fans can’t be wrong” plays a part (or "Fifty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong", the 1927 hit song by Willie Raskin, Billy Rose, and Fred Fisher - if you prefer the original usage).
If enough people like something then, for all intents and purposes, that thing has to be good. It just has to be valuable in the grand scheme of things. It doesn’t mean everyone likes it, but probably, more do than don’t.
I feel this more than ever when it comes to photographing music and live concerts. I follow many photographers on Instagram and Flickr, not just concert photographers, and I’m constantly amazed by my counterparts in the images they are able to capture. Being a life long athlete, I always strive on a little healthy competition. However, in this case, seeing my “competitor’s” work not only fuels the fire to push myself but it also inspires me to keep going. Not necessarily to “out do” them, but because, “yeah, I can do that too.”
This business can be frustrating. It can be hard. Really hard. You can literally get pushed around and bruised (and hey, maybe that’s what can also make it kinda fun) but when you take a step back and look at this job as an art form, you see the beauty that is captured. As a result the frustration, the desperation, the annoyance, and the self-doubt goes way. At least temporarily. You see proof of your hard work, or better yet, the hard work of some one else. It’s uplifting.
I just wanted to take a moment to recognize and congratulate some kick ass photographers out there who keep leveling up. They continue to produce amazing images, capture some of the best musicians in the world, and showcase some amazing new artists.
If you don’t know them already, click through the below links to see some pretty cool photos. Check out their work and, if you’re so inclined, give them a like, because that also lessens the stress of a hardworking photographer just trying to get a good image to share with the world.