The Message Follows Motivation – Terry Richardson knows

Thu, Oct 29, 2009

Creativity / Industry News, Video

The Message Follows Motivation – Terry Richardson knows

There is an undeniable longing for authenticity of communication. We’re learning to ignore the blather and jettison the needless junk.

The increased bandwidth of social media is irrefutable whether you see it as a waste of time or a wonderful way to connect.  It’s an alternative choice that’s personal and feels controllable; a tool to ignore extraneous messaging and stay within personal desires.

We are over stimulated by messaging to the point where one more useless message feels like a stranger approaching with a taser. “Don’t tase me bro”.

Simplify this; what’s going on here?  Bemused.  Pivot to what’s principally human: motivation of the tribes in their most common and simplest form.  The want for food, shelter, clothing, the comfort of others, and creation, it doesn’t get much simpler.  This covers most of our primal drives.

We’re stripped down, now without any more bull shit, put down that taser – connect with these drives and illustrate them.  Make the viewer feel them.

Terry Richardson reminds us that photography can be a very basic tool.  By reducing it to a simple capture of emotions the authenticity is preserved, the blather is eliminated and it feels as personal as discovering photos on a friend’s Face Book page.  Needless finesse of the craft is sacrificed to capture the raw motivation of the moment.

Perhaps you can’t work the way Richardson does.  Clearly, you have other tools in your chest with which you feel more comfortable; however, the aim remains the same.  Inspire the viewer with human greatness; communicate it with an authentic approach with as little static on the line as possible.  Give it the impact it needs to wake up viewer emotions.

As with other applied arts, Photography’s key function is to connect with one another through the more basic human emotional impulses. Tell me what motivates you and I’ll capture it in the most honest way I know how. You feel me?  The message follows motivation.    - by Bruce DeBoer

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3 Responses to “The Message Follows Motivation – Terry Richardson knows”

  1. r... Says:

    he does know!

  2. Mark Says:

    Can you imagine being able to take the ridicule that he must’ve received by using a point & shoot on professional gigs?

    How many of us have that much strength? AND to keep doing it until EVERYONE ELSE actually came around and accepted his style?

  3. Bruce DeBoer Says:

    Great point Mark and very true. He did believe in the power of sex though, that must have helped.


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