Well who is Paul? I’ve never mentioned a Paul in any of my posts before, so clearly he’s no friend of mine, but for those who know me well, and know my deeper side, know that I am a huge Beatles fan. I recently purchased a book, which happened to be a biography on Paul, I also bought one for John as well, but let’s be honest we all know Paul was the better Beatle so I decided to read his first! Anyway, as I was reading this book I couldn’t help but realize how similar our personalities are. Paul is a perfectionist in everything he does, songwriting, playing music, or just being an entertainer. I have been told by some I can be the same way on occasion, when I really put my mind to something I strive for perfection. Problem is perfection is impossible, that is the part that drives me nuts. But what Paul has taught me through this book, it’s not necessarily about being perfect, it’s all about taking what you are doing and continually making yourself better. By continually making yourself better, you are perfect. If you are up to date on your Beatle history this is also what lead to the dimise of the Beatles. Paul always wanted to improve on his songs and to have them sound perfect, but John was under the influence of Yoko and really didn’t care anymore about how good the music was, they were all about the message.
Now the other thing Paul and I have in common is holding other people to a very high standard. I have very little patience and so does he. Paul would have 36 hour marathon studio sessions just to bang out one song because someone wouldn’t hit one note exactly right. Now, I’m not near this bad, but I think I hold myself to the highest standard. I am continually looking at my work, criticizing, seeing where to improve, and only showing what I consider to be the best work.
So what the heck does this have to do with photography you are probably asking yourself by now? Well very little! But, while reading through the book, Paul mentioned a quote that has been stuck in my head ever since and I think it completely relates. “You don’t have to like something to be inspired by it.” This really resonated with me, because I dislike much of my work, but I could never figure out why I kept going back to this thing we call photography. I just needed someone to spell it out in front of me before it registered in my head.
The reason I keep coming back to this beast is because even though I might not like a lot of my work, it inspires me to continually get better and to strive for perfection. So you say that’s great, now what? Well that’s what brings me to this set of pictures. In my previous sets I have went for very vibrant, very saturated looks, and so I decided why not try something different. Maybe it will be better and maybe it will put me on a path to perfection someday. So I tried something in a completely different direction, the grungiest, contrastiest, black and whites I could create. Now are these pictures better than previous? That’s up for debate, but it did give me one thing more important. A learning opportunity, and as Paul has taught me that’s what you continually need to be on the right path.