Saturday, November 07, 2009

Truths, Truths and Truths that People Ignore

We all need a knife, probably as sharp as a Parang, to cut open ourselves and look deep inside to see our own evil sometimes. In life, we are often delusional without realizing it. We look at others' faults more than our own. We push the blame whenever we could. We judge others but ourselves. We care for our own interests ONLY. We do not speak up and warn others even when we see something obviously wrong. We have gotten used to paying Malaysian Police bribes maybe... that we choose to close one eye on everything. We take no pride in our work. We skive and facebook 8 hours a day during office hours. Maybe even MSN, Limewire, twitter, download movies, MP3s, etc.. all in the name of multi-tasking. Is this Malaysian culture?

Like I have mentioned in my earlier posts before, that a Japanese Retail Salesgirl in Japan takes more pride in polishing her retail front window than Malaysian Professional Wedding Photographers. Why? For example, we deliver un-touched images bright and dark to our clients, or lie to our wedding couples that we are very professional photographers but in actual fact, we probably have never shot a wedding entirely on our own without assistants before! (and some work with 3 assistants). We pose with cameras on wedding days in the most passionate fashion... lie down on the floor, jump on top of a table maybe.. etc.. but couples never get to see our shots. Why? Cause only "assistants"' shots are worthy at the end. Have we all become a joke???

Right here is an article I come across, so worthy to read, bookmark and save that I just couldn't resist sharing it online. Here's is an excerpt from the article: 

"Being a photographer is about how we live our lives as a light for others, not how much we can climb above our contemporaries and how much dough we can suck out from our clients for the sake of having a really good looking bank account. As Olympus Visionary John Isaac once said in the book Perfect Digital Photography:

I feel that I am a human being first and a photojournalist second. During my career, I followed one simple guideline: Never take away someone’s dignity, just as I would not want someone to take away my dignity...

...This guideline has prompted me to put down my camera in several situations where it would not have been appropriate for me to be making pictures. Sure, I may have produced some powerful photographs, but only at the expense of another human being.

Wow.. what awesome words they are from a true master of the craft. Lets go forth, be honest, fair dinkum photo enthusiasts who are passionate and honest about our craft, and share some great images while spreading a good attitude to those around us."

To read the full article, click HERE.