If you’ve been following my blog for a while you probably noticed that I am not posting that much lately. There are a few reasons for this, but the most important reason is that I am struggling a bit to keep up with the blog / facebook / instagram / [insert clever social media brand name] rat race. I don’t mean struggling in the sense of “I want to post to everything and I don’t have time to do it”. I mean the fact that in many instances I don’t really see the point of posting for the sake of posting and seeing some comments saying “Great!”, “Beautiful!”, “[insert clever emoji]”.
I think the only thing that keeps me from freezing the blog is the fact that I always thought of it as something for myself, rather than for the readers. Don’t take me wrong, I love the fact that so many people over the last 16 years have looked at my photos, but I think in order to grow as a photographer (and probably not just as a photographer), you need to ignore most of the noise and find your own path without responding to every little trend in photography – I’m looking at you, overly blue, blue hour, same same angles, show me where you shot this location so I can take the exact same photograph. I’m not saying trends or influences are bad – we are all influenced by someone or something. BUT. Find your own way to interpret what’s in front of you.
All of this makes me very selective nowadays with what I want to post – it needs to have some sort of meaning, to trigger some sort of emotional response in me – to quote another crazy trend currently running on Netflix – “does it bring me joy?” 🙂
This beautiful building called Hearst Tower brings me plenty of joy and I was reminded earlier today of this photograph when I visited the super-interesting Foster + Partners exhibition “The Art of Sustainable Architecture” at Dubai’s Design District. The exhibition features many mockups of Foster + Partners’ well-known projects with detailed descriptions about the inner workings of these structures. The mockup for the Hearst Tower is quite large and you can really get an idea of how the steel structure was added on top of the 6 story, 1928 building.Technical details | Aperture: ƒ/8 | Camera: NIKON D800 | Focal length: 19mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter speed: 1/320s