About the Image - jRudd Imaging

About the Image

Cole Thompson is a superb contemporary black and white photographer.  Recently, he made the below blog entry.  I think it is quite to the point.


It’s all about the image and nothing else matters.

It doesn’t matter what awards the image has won.

It doesn’t matter what gallery it’s in.

It doesn’t matter how many prints have sold or for how much.

It doesn’t matter if the image appeared on the cover of a magazine.

It doesn’t matter where the image was taken.

It doesn’t matter what equipment was used.

It doesn’t matter if the image was taken with a prime or zoom lens.

It doesn’t matter if it was created with film or digital.

It doesn’t matter what program or plugins were used.

It doesn’t matter what printer, ink sets or paper were used.

It doesn’t matter who the photographer is.

It doesn’t matter if they are famous or not.

It doesn’t matter where they went to school.

It doesn’t matter what famous photographers they studied with.

It doesn’t matter what critics think of the image.

It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of the image.

The only thing that matters is the image and how you feel about it. Nothing else matters.

Do you like it? Wonderful! Enjoy it. Don’t over-analyze it. Simply enjoy it.

You don’t like it? Maybe the image failed. Or maybe…you simply don’t like it. That’s okay. We all have different tastes.

Cole Thompson


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