Thursday, September 23, 2010

Am I too messy to be a photographer?

As I peruse other photographer's blogs for ideas and inspiration, I occasionally get a peek into their home - a shot of their family room, their dining table, their kitchen. What occurs to me from looking at most of these shots is that these folks' homes are very clean, very tidy, and very stylish. They make for GREAT, clean and a little minimalist backgrounds for their shots.

Here's just one example on an e-newsletter I subscribe to: 

Then I look around my house and, to frame similarly clean pics, I realize I need to replace my beat-up baseboards, re-paint my worn walls, re-grout my tiles, clean-off my tables, move wires, toys, papers, shoes, bags, dog fur, and/or all of the above.

Which begs the question: is the disorganization in my house somehow symptomatic of personality traits that are not compatible with being a good photographer?

I mean, yes, I yearn for a beautifully set table with just a cute runner and a flower arrangement, set against shiny hardwood floors that meet lines of crisp 5" baseboard, and back-dropped by beautifully framed windows with plantation shutters but... who the heck has time (or money?) to make their house look like this? Certainly not I.

Or at least, not the me who likes foreign vacations, expensive camera equipment, and dinners out ;o)

1 comment:

e said...

Bah. I say find your own style. All the photographers who have messy houses (and I bet there are many) probably don't take pictures of said houses and the messes. On the other hand, there may be some raw, real domestic photoness to the messy house. So, to answer your question: no.

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