It's been a while since I made a proper post to my page. Reason? I've been super busy with rAge prep and life . Being married is so much fun but it's also a full time thing .
I decided to make a post today because over the rAge weekend I got asked the same question a few times:
"Why don't you photograph cosplay anymore?"
And it's a very good/valid question. I might do a vlog for those who are too lazy to read this long-ass post .
So here goes:
Cosplay photography (and event photography in general) has become a chore to me, it’s no longer a thing I do for the fun of it, to capture moments. I stopped because it was no longer about my images, but the people in my images. People forget that photographers are people, real people with emotions and all that crap. People forget that photography is a skill, something you become good at because you really love it. It got to a point where it was almost expected of me, which felt a little unfair. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done some really awesome stuff with really amazing people who made me feel like I was worthy of having them as my subject matter (looking at you Morgane and Ray).
rAge used to be my playground, I felt pretty special being able to see a lot of cosplays before anyone else saw them, it was the one event where I felt wanted, needed. (Un)fortunately, photography has become so common place and cosplay photographers are a dime a dozen these days. And please don’t get me wrong, it has nothing to do with jealousy or seeking attention. Not at all. I’m stoked about the sudden increase in cosplay photographers, for the sake of cosplay photography and the influx of cosplay in South Africa. Growth is always good, it helps us evolve and move forward to reach global standards.
So what is my problem then? Well, people discard you when something better comes along (and I’m really not referring to anyone specifically), it’s just a human law (kinda). I suppose I got to a point where I was always in the background (where I like being) and I lost interest in the craft.
But it’s not all bad. I stepped away from Cosplay and rediscovered why I started practicing photography in the first place: My love for nature, the unseen things. I realised that I’d kinda sold out in a way. Lost my passion. And I had to stop, step back and look around. So I made the decision to retire and just live, with or without a camera. I haven’t been happier.
This is really not a rant or me bitching about cosplay or photography. I’m letting you know why I retired.
Have a great weekend guys!
o A Johannes-burger-safrican
o A qualified Graphic Designer
o Your friend
o Not an alien
o Someone who just digs beautiful photographs
o In love with textures, light, beautiful things, detail and the 80's
o I love cats ^^
o I also collect ceramic cats and everything else cat related
o I drink way too much tea but I'm totally allowed to
o I believe in magic and glitter and love
o C O L O U R lots of it
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