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My end of 2012 rant (NSFW)

I have just finished 3 days doing crapy bookwork so I’m in the right mood to have a end of year rant and share some thoughts and images.

 

Rant #1 I don’t understand how people think it’s ok to attack a model with discussing comments about their weight. Such as ” give the girl a burger” or “give her a gym membership”. You would never say that too their faces but your happy to say it in a public forum. In some of my images what you see is not a true representation of what the model looks like, I quite often manipulate the models posing and the lighting to enhance back ribs or to make the curves even curvier. I’m happy for you to critique the crap out of my photography but please leave the models alone.

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Rant #2 Guns kill, art makes you think. I don’t own a gun and I never will but I do use guns in my photography. I use guns like I use nudity, to provoke thought and to add drama or a surreal sense to the story. Its like when I put a naked blond pinup model on an American flag holding a Russian gun, at first glance the image looks fine but then, just like that CCmusic factory song  “things that make you go hmmmmmm” did peter not have an American gun or dose the plot thicken. Cookies I love cookies in images. And just because some nutter goes crazy with machine-gun, don’t ask me to delete an image that was taken 4 years earlier.  And yes if something touches me deep enough I might make a thought provoking image rather than words.

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Rant #3 Racism and Religion. I don’t have a racist bone in my body, everyone enters this world the same way and are all equal in my eyes. I had a woman from Boston accuse me as been a racist saying a ‘white person dose not have the right to take a photo like that” I replied to her saying that I found her comment very racist, She replied “I’m not a racist I married a cuban”. A lot of my work is like a mirror, what you see in the image reflects your own thoughts and beliefs. Sometimes what you see is what you want to see. As for religion, I believe in the religion that treats every one as equals and doesn’t suppress woman or do unspeakable acts behind the cloak of their faith. I can’t wait to see the day when a woman is aloud to be the head of a religion, but until then I believe in do unto others and pay it forward.

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Thoughts: Real beauty is on the inside, be the best you can be and if you do it a lot you will get better, do on to others, pay it forward, and in the words of Natascha ” believe and achieve” Hope you all have an awesome 2013 and thanks for listening to me crap on.

ps I type like I take photos, I just use 1 finger and I cant spell for nuts thats why I take photos  🙂

19 comments

John Conway

Peter, Haters will always hate, and if your images are evoking something in them, fantastic. Photography is a visual language, and doesn’t always tell what story the photographers may have been thinking at the time.

I’m sure we are all adult enough to know when someone goes out of their way to deliberately “upset” the audience with images, I see none that in your work.

As for Teer (second image down) fantastic work and I really love the “light cross” on the bottom photo, not only are you an extremely talented photographer, but your thoughts and concepts are ahead of the pack. Love your work.

Carlie

Wise and wonderful words by a wise man!
Always stay true to yourself Peter and Stand for what you believe in! Your put your heart and soul into your photography, your work,which is your life & anyone that chooses to discourage such art created by all those things that you put into it should maybe take another look into their own life and maybe question themselves ….. Whether they such passion and love for something as you do. As I’m sure if alot answred it honestly …..,they would find they don’t. Keep up the AMAZING and inspiring work in 2013 Peter, you have created the some of the most beautiful & outstanding images people have EVER seen & I’m sure all of your follows would agree ! 😉 look forward to seeing more of your personal work you wish to create more of in the new yr. Hope you have a fantastic night and yr .
Luv Carlie Jae xx

Sebastian

Enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing.

Barrie Fitzgerald

Peter your work will continue to inspire some and offend others. Those who are offended always will be and there is nothing you can say that will change them and all you can do is stop being you! Is it worth it? Hell no!

Keep up your excellent work

Edwin Reese

I personally feel your “photography” is an expression of your talented mind. Some images which I find provoking have forced me to look past my own interpretation and ask myself why, then why not. True art! Thanks for sharing your skills, art and talent so honestly and uncompromisingly.

I think of every model as a gift, so skilled and deeply beautiful. Small minds will always see fault in any situation, I see beautiful souls.

Thus ends my counter rant, 2013 holds so much promise, no cause to rush but slowly appreciate your art and the massive contribution of artists, models, photographer, stylists, etc. Happy New Year to all!

Ann

Thanks for sharing your rant Peter. You are a remarkably down to earth artist. I look up to you for inspiration and I find that the best works are the ones that provoke thoughts and move people’s hearts. I find these qualities in your work and I hope to do the same in my practice as well. All the best for 2013, I can’t wait to see more amazing work from you!

Tanya

I absolutely love this and love your work, I’m constantly inspired by every photo I see! One day I hope to have the pleasures to work with you, your an extremely talented photographer! Best of wishes for 2013 peter! 🙂 xx

Lance Balchin

Bravo Peter Coulson for standing by what you make. Hurray for someone having daggy passion for about their work. As a photographer when you start to write like this about your own images I think you start to become an artist (as well as a bloody great shooter). Always have enjoyed your work, enjoy it now more after reading this.

Paul Rogers

It’s a very brave person who feels they can ‘critique the crap’ out of your Photography Peter!! Success these days is measured by the pages taken up when you google a name…… May your success continue in 2013. In an industry full of secrets, thank you for the information you so willingly share with each and every Blog or update. May I be able attend more of your fabulous workshops in 2013.

David

Breath. Maybe their upbringing might have been a direct result to why they might not get your work. Or they’re just trolls. Fantastic work.

Scott Ellington

Long-standing ovation! Your images are often mirrors, windows and passageways that force the shrinking-boxes of our customary thinking in meaningful perspective.

Also, English is even more irrational than crazy stuff like golf.

Tony Hewitt

Well said Peter, food for thought!
Keep being you!

Logan

Very well said. I find your ideas to be very much like my own, albeit a little more refined than mine. I enjoyed reading this, and have so far enjoyed much of your work that I’ve seen, especially when it has a very ironic subject (such as your piece here with the young black woman wearing the KKK hood and burning a cross). I think that much of your work is very well done, thought provoking, and rather unsettling (in a good way, if that makes any sense at all). I hope you continue your work and stay strong to your ideals.

Gabriel

If people reply to your work that means you do something right. Emotion is what we strive to acomplish. Love or hate. And you do it well. Shame on bullies. People that can’t understand art will call you names no mather what you do. Keep up the rant, happy new year! And give us more reasons to come back

Don Pezzano

You take photos with your middle finger and I love that. Keep on upsetting the hatters!

Best wishes for the new year Peter.

Gurdev Sambali

Good read. I agree on what you’ve said here.

Keep it up. 🙂

Dale McMillan

I agree with what you have written here Peter, but you will always get people who are inconsiderate.

As an aside, can you advise how you created the lighting of the cross in the last image? I have been looking at it for ages and experimented with some thoughts, but so far have failed. I’d like to do something similar by creating different shapes.

Cheers.

    Peter

    Thanks I used a very large gobo

      Dale McMillan

      Cheers Peter.

      From my experiments I was starting to think it must be something like that. Time to experiment a bit more.

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