I often get asked the question “What is your primary photographic disciplin?” – Always a bit hesitant to answer, I mostly end up saying something like this “Well, I don’t have any specific favourite disciplin. I just like to take and make pictures. But if I had to choose I would say Street-photography” – The problem is…. I don’t really do “real” street photography!!
The discussion about what is real street-photography can go on for eons. As a whole I really don’t like the fact that photography as a creative medium has to be boxed in neat little categories defined by a set of rules. I am not impervious to the fact that categories of things are needed for us as humans to find place and order. I respect that. But sometimes it can be so damn stigmatising.
So I was recently featured by Fujifilm UK in a print ad and online campaign for the new Fujifilm X-T10 (You can see it here ) and they placed me in a category that I had never previously heard of. According to them I am a “Portrait & Lifestyle photographer”
Lifestyle! – This makes so much sense to me!
It’s EXACTLY what I photograph. All aspects of everyday life. Be it street-life, country-life, snapshots of my friends and family, weddings, documentary, modelling portraits….you name it. I. JUST. PHOTOGRAPH. LIFE! – as it happens no matter the location, no matter the context.
So now, when anyone asks me, I can answer without hesitation.
“I am a lifestyle photographer”
I can then leave it to those asking the question to find out what that entails for them. I know what it entails for me.
Life of June in 32