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How to classify..

If you’ve been following me on twitter (@joiningphotos) over the past couple of weeks and months then you’d have seen an unusual amount of activity.

I’ve been beavering away updating my site, adding images to the collection and generally beefing the site up making it look more respectable.
As part of this new approach I’ve been writing a couple of hundred words for each joiner I upload, this is to provide a little background to the location being photographed as well as some additional information on how it was shot and any thoughts I might have on the joiner; and this all leads me to a question which keeps pestering me, ‘how should I classify myself’?

So here goes with some possible classifications:

In the course of creating and selling my joiners I’ve been called an artist, and while I’m very flattered I’ve never really thought of myself as an artist, I thought artists were, well, ‘arty’, and I certainly don’t consider myself arty.
However I guess if the adjective fits, then one should wear it, but then that’s taking for granted my joiners are art..you can see that this line of thinking has kept me awake at night :)

Another classification would be that of a ‘Landscape photographer’, which I guess since the majority of joiners I’ve created are landscapes, would be a sensible option, but the thing is, my intention isn’t necessarily to photograph landscapes, it’s just they happen to be ‘there’.
A point in case is the Ariel Atom and the Claridges toilet joiners I created, both of which aren’t landscapes.
You see I’m happy to photograph pretty much anything, it’s just I happen to be doing landscapes at the moment, and for that reason I think ‘Landscape Photographer’ would be too narrow a label.

A further classification would be ‘Architectural Photographer’ since quite a lot of my joiners are of buildings or cityscapes, but again, this isn’t necessarily by design, it’s just they happen to be ‘in the way’ and of course very accessible.

And the last classification I can think of is just a good ole ‘Photographer’, but this is such a general title it really doesn’t do justice to what, nor the breadth, of what I photograph, so, I’m still left with the question of how to classify myself..??

Maybe for the moment I’ll just call myself a photographic artist…I quite like being an artist, even if I’m not very arty.

Mark

One Response to How to classify..

  1. Great post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Many thanks!

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