Once in a while I ask myself if my job matters. If what I do has any importance in the grand scheme of things.
Two weeks ago I spoke at Photokina as Nikon Europe Ambassador, alongside incredible photographers who document issues, war zones, whose images get exhibited in galleries, sold for hundreds and thousands of dollars, whose work is considered Fine Art and whose names are known to the world.
It’s inevitable to ask yourself what the heck you are doing, when confronted with people like that. What does my work do in this world? I am not creating any change, or helping any causes with my photography. So what is it here for?
It’s hard to compare lines of work that are so different – but I cannot help but compare the impact of them. Wedding Photography doesn’t have a global impact, really. Sometimes I struggle with the mundanity of it to be honest.
I came to the conclusion, that the difference between my famous peers and me is this: they leave a public legacy – I leave a private one.
A legacy that only matters to the people in the photos, not to the whole world.
Both are valuable, just to different audiences.
I love the fact that my legacy is such a personal one. It’s intimate and close.
My photographs leave proof that people existed. That they loved and were loved. That is powerful. It may not be hanging in an art gallery, but it will be passed down for generations nonetheless.
My name might not go down in photography history books but what I have done will live on. It will tell stories of the past. Stories of parents, friendship, mothers, sisters, daughter, fathers, sons. Stories will be told and passed down because of these photos. Stories that will get more important and precious, the more time passes, because people will pass on and memories get blurry.
Stories of the most mundane and most beautiful thing of all: Love.
To be able to leave this behind, that’s my joy and my pride.