De ce am ales sa sar din barca Fearless Photographers? – FEARLEXIT

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Multi dintre voi poate vor spune ca e sinucidere, dar nu e. Niciodata n-am luat decizii fara colac de salvare. Fearless Photographers e o comunitate minunata, face parte din devenirea mea ca fotograf, am invatat foarte multe in ultimii trei ani si am cunoscut foarte multi oameni minunati. Unii mi-au ramas foarte buni prieteni si chiar mi-au schimbat viata si viziunea, unora le-am schimbat noi viata si viziunea, cu altii abia daca ne-am revazut (distanta e un factor decisiv in pastrarea relatiilor).

Cum am vazut eu Fearless Photographers la inceput? A fost simplu si pot caracteriza imaginile pe care le-am vazut acolo prima data in cateva cuvinte: creativ, diferit, sincer. Pentru mine, pe gustul meu. Imi aduc aminte si acum cum am cheltuit banii de vacanta ca sa merg, impreuna cu Gabi, la prima conferinta europeana din Amsterdam. Gabi a aflat cu o zi inainte, cand faceam checkin-ul. Au urmat alte evenimente promovate de ei la care am participat. Si am invatat, asta a fost deviza noastra de la inceput: sa investim in educatia noastra mai mult decat o fac altii si mai mult decat in orice.

Incepand de astazi, nu mai sunt un membru Fearless Photographers. Nu mai sunt, pentru ca nu cred in competitia incorecta, cred in sanse egale date tuturor si cred in conceptul care m-a facut sa devin membru: CREATIV, DIFERIT, SINCER. Nu cred in favoritisme.  Bine, unii dintre voi s-ar intreba “dar ai luat atatea premii, cum se face?” E simplu, e deja o reteta de acordare a premiilor. E posibil, ca fara voia mea, sa fi facut parte din ea. Sa fi facut parte dintr-un plan maret de promovare a comunitatii in Romania. Si am intrat in joc. Tarziu, am aflat ca nu e un joc onest si am concluzionat asta de curand, dupa ce am consultat trei surse (asa-i in presa). Ultima a fost decisiva.

N-o sa incep sa fac o analiza a fotografiilor premiate. Ar fi prea mult, dar parerea mea simpla e ca sunt multe clone printre imaginile premiate de-a lungul timpului (fotografi care se copiaza unii pe altii), multe clisee (siluete peste siluete si miri cat gamaila de ac pe care de-abia ii zaresti in cadru), multe fotografii nereusite care nu tin cont de niciun model estetic. Pentru cine vrea mai multe detalii, sunt disponbili pe mail. E adevarat, sunt si multe imagini demne de a fi pastrate in Istoria Artei. Cumva echilibrat, nu poti multumi pe toata lumea.

Legat de imaginile mele? Cred cu tarie ca s-au incadrat si se incadreaza oricand in conceptul in care am crezut inca de la inceput (poate cu exceptia unei singure imagini).

Legat de jurizare trebuie sa stiti ca nu intotdeauna imaginile voastre ajung la juriu. Juriul primeste doua foldere: unul cu selectia ownerului de cateva sute de fotografii (unde sunt incluse favoritele si automat fotografii favoriti ai celui ce detine Fearless – asta daca va intrebati de ce unii fotografi castiga mereu) si unul cu toate cele peste 10000-12000 de imagini. Majoritatea alege din selectia restransa. Asta deja nu mai e corect 🙂 ! Concluzia? Am tras linie: waste of money, waste of time, lot of frustration! Am multe povesti despre cine si cum face regulile jocului. Asta e si principalul motiv pentru care am sarit din barca!

A, si inca ceva, nu e un text care sa convinga pe cineva sa iasa din Fearless! Nu am incercat s-o conving nici pe Gabriela! E o convingere personala ca locul meu nu mai e acolo!

[EN] Many of you may say this is suicide, but it’s not. I’ve never took decisions without a life vest. Fearless Photographers is a great community and it’s part of my evolution as a wedding photographer as I’ve learnt many things in the past years and I made many amazing friends.Some of those I’ve met changed my my and vision and I’ve was the one changing the course of life for others.

What was Fearless for me in the beginning? It was different, creative and honest concept, that’s how I perceived it. I order to participate to the first Fearless Conference together with Gabriela, I’ve spent the money we had aside for our holiday and paid the tickets to the conference. Gabi almost killed me when she found out one day before leaving that we need to pack and spend 3000 euros in two days …and no more holiday. Starting from that point I have attended other events promoted by them every year because we wanted to invest in our education as much as possible. Starting from today I am no longer a Fearless member. The reason why I m not is because I believe in fair competition and in equal chances for everybody and in the concept that made me become a member in the first place: honest, different, creative. And I’ve learnt Fearless IS NOT a FAIR competition. I don’t believe in favoritisms.

Some of you may say “but, wait, we’ve won a big number of awards, what do you have to say about it? “ The answer is simple, there is a recipe for winning awards. Me and other Romanian photographers were part of the big plan of promoting Fearless in the Romanian Community, without knowing it or realizing it. I entered a game that was planned for me. Later on, or to be precise, a few days ago, I’ve learnt from three different people that it was not an honest game.

I’ll not start doing an analysis of the awarded photographs, It would be too much, but in my opinion there are simply too many clones among the images awarded over time (photographers that copy one another), many clichés (silhouettes over silhouettes and very small couple’s that you can barely see in frame) many unsuccessful photos that lack light, composition, moment and don’t follow any aesthetic models. I will be available to answer any questions on email. On the other hand, it’s true that among the collections you will also find great images worthy of being preserved in Art History .

Now regarding my awarded images, I do believe they are good and they deserved to be awarded, maybe with the exception of one that i don’t believe in. Regarding the way the contest takes place I’ve been told on numerous occasions that your images do not always get to the Jury. The Jury gets two folders: one folder containing the selection made by the owner of Feraless containing only hundreads of photos, lets’ say 400 plus (the owner’s favourite photographers images of that moment – so if you wonder why only some photographers win and one with all of the above 10,000 – 12,000 images and they are told that it would appreciated if they choose from the 400 images folder. That’s is not a fair contest! The conclusion? I drew the line : waste of money, waste of time, lots of frustration ! I‘ve learnt stories from other photographers that did not want to go public. That’s the main reason I have jumped out of the boat !

Oh, and another thing , this is not a text to convince someone to leave the Fearless ! I have not even tried to convince Gabriela ! It’s my personal decision that my place is no longer there!

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2 thoughts on “De ce am ales sa sar din barca Fearless Photographers? – FEARLEXIT”

  1. Florin Musetoiu

    Nu pricep de ce unii zic ca e o pierdere pentru tine daca pleci din Fearless … De parca nu existi ca fotograf daca nu esti pe Fearless … sincer ma indoiesc ca majoritatea clientilor ii intereseaza cate premii are un fotograf pe Fearless si il alege mai mult pentru lucrarile bune pe care le vad in portofoliu.

    Am avut placerea de a lucra impreuna cu tine, si imi place cum lucrezi, personal nu dau 2 lei pe cate premii are fiecare dintre fotografii care ii intalnesc, daca imi place munca lor dau Like 🙂

    Succes in continuare!

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