The Great Migration is currently in full swing in the Masai Mara and it it without a doubt one of the most photographed natural spectacles in the world.
In today’s world of social media, digital content and the ability to easily share your images through these various platforms it is quite predictable that during this time of year we will see a lot of migration images being posted.
What I find very sad is that there are photographers out there who leave comments on some of these migration images breaking them down and saying that there is nothing new or exciting about them anymore as it has all been done and seen before.
Now whether these photographers have actually photographed the migration themselves I do not know – but I do know that this kind of approach is not only unnecessary but also shows the lack of passion some people have for the craft of wildlife photography.
When an image is posted that is different to the general type of migration images out there – due to a different angle, location or unique type of (over) processing – I find it pathetic that some people will compliment that image and at the same time break down the other images out there which are more normal. Normal not because it’s a bad image but purely because we have become desensitized to the scenes and subject due to the amount of digital media we consume online.
It is this kind of thinking that causes a lot of people not to post their images online as there is a perception that if it is not new and unique your images just are not good enough. If we had to stop taking images of subjects and scenes that have been photographed before we would surely then have run out of natural subjects to photograph by now?
There is no right or wrong way to photograph something like the great migration.
There are no rules as to how you should present images you have created of something like the great migration.
The only mistake you can make is to actually give a shit what other people think and say about your images.
Your images are exactly that – yours!
Be proud of your images, now matter how ‘normal’ others say it might be.
Yes, hundreds if not thousands of other photographers might have taken similar images in the past but in order to find your own photographic voice you first have to first sound like a lot of other people.
There is nothing wrong with that. We all have to go through the photographic journey in order to find our own creative voice.
If you are heading to the Masai Mara to photograph the great migration – or any other natural subjects for that matter – do it for yourself.
Photograph the way you want to whether it has been done before or not. Yes, try different things and experiment with angles and various other techniques but do it for yourself.
Yes, we all want to create memorable images that other people like but please oh please do not make that the reason for picking up your camera.
Do it for yourself, do it with passion and most importantly – enjoy the experience.
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt[divider scroll_text=”Go to Top”]