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Modest

I came across Kelvin Koh, a professional wedding photographer’s blog entry. In it, he humbled himself on how he dismissed positive comments from his fans on how impactful his photos have been.

Once a while I do receive positive comments about how they love my photos or my music. And sometimes I also doubt if they are merely patronising me.

But we have to realise that art is always subjective. So anything can be impactful to one person even if it is not to another. And there is no right or wrong, should or shouldn’t.

Of course, when more and more people like the art that you do, it becomes “commercialised”. There’s nothing wrong being commercialised, but it’s just being less “arty”. And I think it’s a journey that once you gone past, you wouldn’t need to go back. If being artistic is about discovering your style, then being commercialised is the affirmation of your style.

From the art creator point of view, it is sad to be commercialised, because it simply means your works have become stagnant and similar to the previous one you have done. From the art receiver, it might be very much appreciated, because the creation is unique to him or her, for instance, a piece of photographic work.

In my recent experience, Nikki wanted me to do a photobook like Madeleine’s. So my dilemma is: should I simply replicate, or should I innovate? In the end, I broke away and executed the shoot differently. The result: Nikki loved her photobook better. The risk that it didn’t meet her expectation is very real, but for now, I prefer to be true to my artistic expression rather than succumb to commercial pressures.

You, as a reader of this blog post, is probably clicking on the above links to view the photobooks to compare and see really which, in your opinion, is better. But that opinion is entirely yours and yours alone. Respect others opinions, just like how others respect yours.

To all of you out there who loved my photographs and music compositions, a sincere thanks to your appreciation. I enjoy receiving your compliments and they are the sources of motivation for me to create better and more impactful works.

2 comments
  1. averral

    I have been following your works… so i was thinking… why not i just link you on my blog *slaps forehead

    We have lots of similarities in common although we might be a decade apart pactically multi taskers in anything that interests us. (haha!)

    Do link me back! I enjoy your photostory series very much… love it !

  2. Catherine

    Some thoughts:
    I too have clients requiring me to add certain scenes from a previous work into their animation but I’ll not replicate it and will use another way to express it. If it was requested more than twice, I’ll just tell them, hmm, I try to make it unique for every client so maybe you can try another story instead.

    I applaud you taking the creative approach to do something different because I think it’s important to find different ways to create it for the client because every piece is unique not only to us but also to the client. The second client wants something similar to the first without much consideration but when the first client knows that, he or she will be disappointed that someone has the same stuff as themselves. Nobody likes someone following their footsteps that much. 🙂

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