Some harsh but very very true words
When people let me review their portfolios (on career day or open days at my game design school) I explicitly ban them from commenting during the review… …because otherwise they will follow the impulse to downplay everything I see in an attempt at being humble.
"this is an old image…"
"I’m not happy with that one…"
"this is just a sketch…"
"I did this really quickly…"
"there is better stuff on later pages…"
It’s totally understandable to have those impulses. The quality of art is not empirical data and therefore impossible to measure. Good art, bad art, it all comes down to standards. And you don’t want to come off as naive or self-absorbed.
But just don’t do it. Don’t talk yourself down in front of others. In the best case you have someone supportive who now thinks “damn, this person needs to be prepped up all the time. Do I really want to work with somebody like that” or in worst case “now that you say it, yeah, this is kinda lame/rushed/unfinished/lazy, go away.”
You can only submit what you have. If that is not enough, then it’s not enough. Your attitude will not change that. But if it is enough, you can do serious harm by not being confident of who you are now.
This means appreciating what you are able to do right now and have a clear vision of what you want to learn, be confident that you will learn it in time.
This is really important. Eliminate this urge. Eliminate it professionally, when having contact with people in a position to buy your work. Eliminate it socially, when you just share your work for fun. Destroy this urge as thoroughly as you possibly can.
Because when you have done that, you’ll find that you feel at least 25% less shitty about your own work. You lose the urge to do it. You stop reinforcing those negative thoughts, and they retreat. They may never go away completely (although they might!) but this is good practice for ignoring those thoughts flat-out.
Don’t shit-talk yourself. Even if you can’t be SO PROUD, don’t ever try to influence anyone’s opinion toward your work in the negative.
Try to love your work. Try to see what you learned from each piece, even if it’s a failure. If you feel that you learned nothing, appreciate the fact that just spending time on it is honing your skills and giving you valuable practice.
i used to be super not-confident in my own work. When I stopped pointing out the flaws in my own stuff, I felt better about it almost immediately.
The piece of advice I got that helped me the most with this is; the people looking at your work be it your director or an HR person, trust them to know and see the good work there that you’ve become desensitized to. We all have rushed shots and stuff, they can see the polished diamond inside of a rock, it’s literally their job! So don’t fret too much!
A sweet collection of assorted musings by photographer Emily Blincoe based in Texas. All objects stored and arranged in colors and themes.
Some predatory white methhead pseudo photographer took these pictures of me. The bulk of his usual “work” exploits POC who are either homeless or intoxicated, usually capturing unsolicited photos of said people, without consent, as they are leaving local bars and venues, which is how he saw me.
I know this from personal experience as he once followed me around at a house party while I completely wasted, taking videos and photos of me as I drunkingly made my way through the party.
He also has an Instagram and a Facebook page full of photos of homeless people of color who are displayed in such a way that completely dehumanizes them.
Realizing who it was, I immediately sobered up because I was not going to fall prey to his so-called art aesthetic again.
He approached me without asking and began to shoot, most likely in the hopes of catching me doing something embarrassing or humiliating.
To combat this, I turned up my appeal and gave him the opposite of what he wanted, which was composure and elegance, a light in which his work only seems to shine upon other whites.
He still uploaded my photo to his Facebook photography page, but instead of being filed in his ~ratchet~ album I was placed in an album reserved for almost exclusively white people. This is not any better to me because I’d just as much rather see his camera smashed into a thousand pieces and his photos tossed in the trash, but at least he won’t use my image to progress his racist ass “photo project.”
These are based on the beautiful botanical tattoos of Kirsten Holliday (kirstenmakestattoos).
abolish the concept of ‘passing’ & start accepting that theres no specific way any gender has to look to be valid
i hope daft punk is like the dread pirate roberts, so when the current wearers of the helmets decide to retire they can just find two more people to take over the role and continue on the legend for the rest of time
ya hes cute…….but is he conscientious of the social inequalities and corruption in hierarchies of power that plague this world
If that’s what helps you sleep at night.